In Judge Gustavo Garza's court if your kid has been charged with truancy, you get two options: either pay a fine of $500 or spank your kid with large plank emblazoned with "Board of Education" in front of everyone in the courtroom. In one such incident a father reluctantly paddled his 14-year-old daughter because he could not afford the fine. According to reports, Garza chided him for not hitting her harder.
Recently, the judge got his first warning to curb his practice because he "subjected the students and their parents to public embarrassment, humiliation, fear and pain, and failed to maintain proper order and decorum in the courtroom as required by the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct."
But Garza disagrees with the criticism, saying the spankings have a positive effect and reduce truancy.
Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Chrystal Evans thinks the practice of public paddling as a method to combat truancy is severely flawed. "Public spanking would give the children a sense of shame and guilt and that feeds into the whole reason they're probably truant in the first place," say Dr. Evans.
Do you think any good can come from Judge Garza's method of punshiment?
|Dr. Chrystal Evans is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience providing therapy for adults, couples, teens, and children. She's contracted by the State of California Alcohol and Drug Programs as a Clinical Assessor with the CARE Program and along with her business partners, is producing a children's developmental music video series, Bebop Braineez. She and her husband are the active parents of an infant and a preschooler.|