Bob McCoskrie's response to the opinion piece "Lack of beating not the reason for badly behaved children" (Opinion, June 14) is measured, accurate and timely.

Some school classrooms are becoming unsafe environments, both for students and teachers, and the current crisis in the educators versus government standoff is surely an indication of a spinoff from this ridiculous anti-smacking legislation.

There appears to be no accurate statistical evidence that this nonsensical legislation has had any success in reducing violence in society.

The earlier corporal punishment legislation instigated in the 90s had already made it harder in the classroom by taking away


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