Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Clothing Designer Marc Ecko Launches Campaign To End 'Paddling' In Schools

(AllHipHop News) Hip-Hop clothing designer Marc Ecko has launched a new campaign aimed at combating "paddling" in the United States school system.

Ecko has launched the "Unlimited Justice" campaign to end physical punishment in schools, a practice that impacts over 200,000 students each year.

According to the "Unlimited Justice" campaign, 20 states in America still allow paddling of students.

"In America, students can still be hit by 20 states in the union," Mark Ecko said. "I've designed a campaign to end 'Corporal Punishment' in American schools…There are documented cases of students getting hit with belts, rulers, pinching, slapping, throwing children to the floor, slamming kids into the wall, dragging them across floors and bruising or otherwise injuring students in the course of restraint. Would we accept that in our military? No guess what we don't. It's even illegal to hit prisoners in all 50 states."

Ecko's campaign allows students to protest via, where users can sign a petition, post stories or contact local legislators to protest the practice of paddling in schools.

According to Ecko, the campaign is not a "one and done." It's a cause the designer is passionate about and committed to for the long term.

"This campaign will end the threat of the paddle in American schools indeed. But it's also designed to be our generations pivot point around a conversation of real meaningful education reform."

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