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Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 18. June 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/905.

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(June 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 18. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/905

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-06
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date June 1979
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript New Caney Elementary School Principal Joe Williamson (foreground) faced a TEA hearing prompted by charges he severely beat a four year- old blind student. Barthelme-Moore Associates Advertising and Marketing a full-service advertising agency since 1960 Helen Moore Barthelme Odell Pauline Moore 1110 Lovett Blvd., Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77006 713/521-9214 Violence In Sell •1 by Melanie Mayeaux In 19 76, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution designating 1979 the Year of the Child. In the U.S. one of these rights, "the right to be brought up in a spirit of peace, "is endangered because of a child-rearing philosophy which condones the use of physical force to discipline a child. "It's difficult to go into a private home and tell people not to use physical violence on their children when society, including the schools, says it is all right,"commented Judy Hay, Community Relations Director of the Texas Department of Human Resources (TDHR). "In a system based on physical force as a means of discipline, abuse is inevitable. " American public schools are major perpetrators of this system, especially in Texas. Most school districts in Texas adhere to a policy of corporal punishment, despite little evidence that physical punishment is effective. David Gottlieb, Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Houston, recently served on a committee to investigate violence, disruptive behavior and student discipline for the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Gottlieb has long been an opponent of corporal punishment. "Corporal punishment teaches children to handle problems with force. It is very selective. Younger children are more subject to being paddled. It is very discrimina- tory-usually males are paddled. It puts the entire burden of proof on the child," said Gottlieb. Another serious problem with corporal punishment is "invitation of abuse." The following story is an example. It was unusually quiet in the special education classroom. Almost all the children were asleep. Only one remained awake, sitting quietly on his cot, rocking back and forth to a rhythm of his own. The door opened. He stopped his movement at the sound. He did not look up when the woman approached. When she spoke, his face burst into a smile. His hands moved quickly, gently against the woman's face. "Momma!," he said. Ramon Couture's perception of the world is limited. He was blinded at 20 months when he was beaten senseless by his natural parents. He became a ward of the state and lived in three different foster homes. In January, 1979, Ramon was adopted by Barbara Couture. Couture was not unfamiliar with the foster child program. She had housed eight children over the last couple of years. When adoption laws were changed making single-parent adoption possible, she applied for a child. In January, 1979, she legally became Ramon's parent. "When I first got Ramon," explained Couture, "he was virtually non-verbal. Except for his blindness, he is physically normal. Ramon is approximately one year behind in the 'normal' learning process." i Couture enrolled Ramon in the special education program at New Caney Elementary School. She was aware the school adhered to a policy of corporal punishment. "I explained his background and requested—both verbaDy and in writing— that Ramon not be spanked. I felt that any type of physical force used against him would be detrimental," said Couture. Yet on February 6, 1979, Ramon once again was a victim of physical violence. This time it was not an outraged parent. It was school principal Joe Williamson. That particular morning Ramon did not want to leave the school bus. Seeing the driver trying to coax the child, Williamson came onto the bus, slapped the child, brought him into his office, and paddled him. "When I picked up Ramon that afternoon, I knew something had happened. He would not let me touch him and was CASSANDRA CASSANDRA CASSANDRA CASSANDRA AIRBRUSHING RETOUCHING RESTORATION 5240337 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 18 JUNE 1979