NYRA-Twin Cities: Going Strong!

Posted by on August 9th, 2016

NYRA-Twin Cities has been in operation for several years now. Amy O’Connell, President, has been leading the group for almost half a decade. Amy’s passion for youth rights came from her own experience dealing with adults. She was largely bullied in middle school and found that adults made the problem worse. She became involved in […]

NYRA Mourns Loss of Corporal Punishment Opponent

Posted by on April 25th, 2016

Jordan Riak, founder of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE) and long-time ally of NYRA in the campaign against corporal punishment died this week. Jordan Riak has devoted his life to stopping corporal punishment since 1974. He was a major force opposing the brutal practice both in the United States and in Australia, […]

Liberals agree to revoke spanking law in response to TRC call

Posted by on December 22nd, 2015

In promising to enact all of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the federal Liberals have agreed to remove a section of law that allows parents to spank their kids without fear of prosecution. Groups that oppose corporal punishment of children have spent many years urging successive governments in Ottawa to repeal Section […]

Speak Out on Corporal Punishment

Posted by on June 9th, 2012

Can’t attend the upcoming rally in Washington, DC against corporal punishment in our schools? You can still share your views. During the second day of the event, NYRA Executive Director Bill Bystricky will join other activists in reading comments submitted from across America. If you have a personal experience with corporal punishment in school, send […]

Rally Against Corporal Punishment

Posted by on June 9th, 2012

The most basic right people of any age have is the right to physical safety, the right not to be harmed or touched against your will. Yet there are public schools in America where students are routinely hit by the very authority figures entrusted to keep them safe. Even in 2012, corporal punishment is still […]

Kids Still Being Beaten in Public Schools, Just FYI

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

Fun fact: Florida is one of 19 states where hitting kids who are participating mandatory public schooling with a paddle is completely legal in some districts. While some schools seek parental permission, those signatures—or lack thereof—may not hold much weight when a principal gets peeved: Last year, the principal at Joyce Bullock Elementary sent home […]

Physical Punishment of Children Potentially Harmful to Their Long-term Development

Posted by on February 6th, 2012

February 6, 2012. Canadian Medical Association Journal http://www.sciencenewsline.com/psychology/2012020618100005.html An analysis of research on physical punishment of children over the past 20 years indicates that such punishment is potentially harmful to their long-term development, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Over the past 20 years, a growing body of research clearly indicates that […]

Spanking teaches kids all the wrong lessons

Posted by on December 14th, 2011

December 13, 2011 – Chicago Sun-Times – http://www.suntimes.com/lifest…..ssons.html A recent study led by the University of Texas at Austin has found the majority of parents still use corporal punishment to discipline their children. According to the research, 89 percent of African-American parents spank, as do 80 percent of Hispanic parents, 79 percent of Caucasian parents, […]

Texas’ top court suspends judge in beating video

Posted by on November 23rd, 2011

November 23, 2011 – MSNBC.com – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45…..s1WYWPsi7I McALLEN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court suspended a judge Tuesday whose beating of his then-teenage daughter in 2004 was viewed millions of times on the Internet. Aransas County court-at-law Judge William Adams was suspended immediately with pay pending the outcome of the inquiry started earlier this month […]

Urgent! Stop Corporal Punishment in New Mexico!

Posted by on March 17th, 2011

Urgent! Stop Corporal Punishment in New Mexico! The state is very close to ending corporal punishment. A bill has passed the house and just a couple weeks ago the same bill resulted in a tie in the Senate. If Senator Michael Sanchez brings it to a vote in the next 3 days then New Mexico […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.