Boy faces charges for drawing a picture of teacher getting shot.
Hmm--I wonder if I'd get in trouble if I were a child today and someone saw my picture of a teacher with horns and fire all around him....
In any case, paddling (not beating) students in school was eliminated in most jurisdictions because of the psychological harm to the student (which means in a prior generation, nearly everybody must have grown up insane....) We have discussed the merits/dismerits of corporal punishment on these forums before, plenty of people on each side. Still, if we don't stop some behaviors fast enough, they become problematic and you end up with school shootings and such, so something should be done. It used to be paddling, the things like after-school detentions, time-outs, etc. replacing paddling, I deduce (on thin evidence) to be ineffective because schools are resorting to arresting students as the new replacement, more and more often.
The question is, is arresting and charging a student for drawing the picture causing the student more or less psychological harm than simply giving him one or two swats and sternly telling him to do this no more? I think the arrest is worse--and there is no solid evidence but, you know, school shootings weren't such a big problem in 190x as they are in 200x.
Society often goes in circles, or to use another anology, the pendulum swings both ways. Well, you know my opinion, time for this one to swing back to the paddling (and I agree with the non-paddlers on some things--make sure teachers are well-trained and supervised--we want students to remember what they did was not allowed, not to be harmed). But even aside from my opinion, the pendulum may swing back anyway--probably will. (request we be careful to avoid religion and politics--both of which are part of the debate, just not here).
(Note--regarding the beating in Florida, i think charges were appropriate there. If they were younger and presumed ignorant, a paddling might have been more effective.)