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  • NLTA Calls on Senate to Preserve ‘Spanking Law’ in Criminal Code

    Teachers are being told that signing up to be an educator does not mean opening oneself up to violence.

    The NLTA is holding its biennial convention at the Sheraton, and president Dean Ingram says removing Section 43, the so-called “Spanking Law” from the Criminal Code would have unintended consequences.

    The Bill which enables the removal of Section 43 is going through the Senate, but Ingram is lobbying Senators in this province not to allow the bill through.

    Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.
    – Criminal Code, Section 43

    Currently, every school teacher, parent, or person standing in the place of a parent, is justified in using force as a means of correcting a child or pupil.

    President Ingram says teachers’ concerns about violence in the school setting are real. Ingram says teachers must never accept violence as being a normal part of the job.

    He says every child has a right to an education, but school boards and government have the responsibility of ensuring the teaching environment is a safe one for teacher and student alike.

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