QUOTE(The Joy @ Wed 18th May 2011, 11:17pm)
He responds that he attended CHA in Spring 2003! Bare-bottom paddlings in 2003!?! Even for a reclusive, backward, private, military-style Christian boarding school in the heart of the Deep South Bible Belt, it just not seem possible in the 21st century. Could Alarics possibly have been right?
If they allow corporal punishment in the military itself, then it stands to reason that they might allow it in a private military academy too. As I recall, the issue wasn't so much that CHA did or did not use paddles to punish kids (legally or illegally) - it was that Mr. Alarics was using DeviantART as a source for an "encyclopedia" article.
The problem was only exacerbated by the fact that nearly all of the search-engine results supporting Mr. Alarics' contentions were themselves scraped from the Wikipedia article, which in turn had been primarily written by... wait for it...
In any event, if Mr. Alarics' website is to be believed, at least 20 US states (still) allow corporal punishment in private schools, though presumably there are a variety of legal requirements that each school has to (hopefully) meet before they're allowed to do that sort of thing. And if anything, Mississippi is likely to be one of the least stringent, requirements-wise. I suspect it will also be one of the last to finally ban such practices.
Last but not least, as you mentioned, I did send an e-mail to the CHA PR office, and got no reply. You'd think they'd be eager to correct any misconceptions though, given that the WR thread is fairly prominent in the Google results on their name, and even more prominent on their name combined with the words "corporal punishment." So, maybe it's not a misconception - but that still doesn't excuse Mr. Alarics from using DeviantART as a source (though it's to his credit that he later corrected this).
It also doesn't help that CHA's various PR and marketing materials are written by, quite frankly, some very, very weird people. Here's an example that I got from teacher411.net
, which is one of those bogus "background-check" sites that specialize in schoolteachers (i.e., you pay them $40 for a "detailed report" on the person(s) you're trying to destroy, get revenge on, or maybe just "check up on"):
At CHAMBERLAIN-HUNT ACADEMY, located in PORT GIBSON, Mississippi we would like to inform you We interactively enhance motivational field trips in such a way that we can authoritatively initiate unique catalysts for change. We continually exist to competently build exemplary memories while we are able to competently negotiate lasting practices to meet our kids needs. We have committed to continually simplify disciplined methods of empowerment while continuing to nationally restore progressive subjects. We have committed to synergistically integrate best quality ideas for the time that we are able to enthusiastically initiate effective benefits in order to make the most of the precious time we have with our students.
I mean, this is Mississippi,
not Outer Mongolia. Who writes like that? I'd almost think it was a hoax, but... why make something like that up? For SEO purposes, maybe... but you'd think they could do better than that.
(Note to Mods: I do not know if you think it would be best to move this and the other CHA thread to a NOINDEX forum or not. If you do, I understand.)
I don't see why that would be necessary, not yet anyway...