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Child Abuse, Fundamentalism

Spanking in Christian Schools


Anderson Cooper 360 has put together another great segment as part of their Ungodly Discipline series. The latest installment investigates spanking in Christian schools, specifically Calvary Baptist School in Watertown, WI. Marvin Munyon, a lobbyist responsible for keeping the right to spank students in Christian schools and a former principal at Calvary Baptist School, is accused of beating students with a paddle. He refused to comment on the record.

Three former students, Amy Kroenke, Scott Bicknell, and Doug Bicknell all speak out about their experiences. Doug Bicknell was spanked 53 times with a paddle with holes drilled into it and was left bleeding. His mother, Nancy Bicknell, worked at the school at the time and stated that she was indoctrinated, and felt that if she did not let her children get hit, they would not be “right with God” and she would not be “right with God” and would have to leave the Baptist church. She feels terrible about what happened to him. Even now, what happened years ago to Doug Bicknell still haunts him.

Watch the latest segment here.

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