New Orleans paddling controversy: Not so much about the paddle. It’s about rights … and tradition.

The archbishop “is trying to fix something that’s not broken, and he’s going about it in the wrong way,” said Jacob Washington, the student body president at the historically black school.

The protesters called on the archbishop to issue a “public, unequivocal retraction … of all statements linking St. Augustine disciplinary policies with violence, particularly in the New Orleans community.”

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Reader feedback on New Orleans “paddling” controversy

Posted by MB, in response to:

New Orleans parents take Archbishop Gregory Aymond to the woodshed over “paddling” issue.

My son is a student at St. Augustine and I am a 1968 graduate of this great school.

I totally support all of the disciplinary methods at St. Aug including paddling. I participated in the protest march to the Archdiocese yesterday, and I support the unanimous opposition of the St. Aug community to the slanderous and disingenuous remarks of Archbishop Aymond.

The likes of Archbishop Aymond did not make St. Aug great, rather they have always represented its racist opposition since the school was founded in 1951 because the segregated New Orleans Catholic schools, including the Cor Jesu High School from which Gregory Aymond graduated, did not accept Blacks.

It was the likes of such great people as Father Matthew O’Rourke, Father Robert Grant, Father Joseph Verret, Father Charles Hall, Mr. Edwin Hampton, Mr. Nick Connors, Father McManus, Father Pavlak, Father Keenan, Father Phillip Berrigan, and the thousands of parents of all the students who have attended St.Aug, who all used or supported the use of the paddle as one of several disciplinary measures.

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New Orleans parents take Archbishop Gregory Aymond to the woodshed over “paddling” issue.

NEW ORLEANS — More than 500 students, parents and other supporters of a Roman Catholic high school under fire for its use of corporal punishment marched to the New Orleans Archdiocese buildings Saturday to ask the archbishop to retract statements he has made opposing the practice of paddling.

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