Lucia, 17, from Albuquerque.

Does your school or school district allow corporal punishment?

No.

What do you think about corporal punishment being used in schools?

Schools are supposed to be a safe place where students can learn, the use of corporal punishment within them creates an environment of fear and teaches children that violence is okay.  It is amazing to me that anyone, especially educators, would support the use of physical punishment (essentially child abuse) within our schools.

If you could say one thing to Gov. Martinez about whether corporal punishment should be allowed in New Mexico schools, what would it be?

Gov. Martinez, if you really wish to support New Mexico Youth you will sign HB 172 and ban corporal punishment in our state.

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