"An elementary school teacher was placed on paid leave for washing a boy's mouth out with soap after he shouted an obscenity at a classmate." See here for details. Looks to me like the authorities overreacted. 40 relatives of students want her back. The kid had a drop of liquid soap on his lip. I guess I'm failing to see the big deal. How are teachers supposed to discipline students in this P.C. age? I'm not necessarily agreeing with the soap thing (nor arguing against it), but I truly think that teachers are increasingly unable to do anything to control students which are already often uncontrolled at home. And that can lead to more and more flagrant things as the kids get older. I'm not arguing that we should beat kids into submission. We obviously should not. But, seriously, we need more than suspension as a tool - that's not going to help anyone. I remember getting paddled by the principal for throwing a snowball at another student when I was in first grade. 31 years ago, and I remember like it was yesterday. I think the actual smack wouldn't have broken an egg shell. It was the experience of being called out of the classroom and smacked - and, seriously, the actual force used was so minimal that it barely constituted contact. Believe me, I behaved after that. Of course, back then, an authority position meant something. Now, kids would just complain to their parents and get the teacher fired. Then, I would have been afraid for my parents to find out - because I would have gotten in trouble at home as well. I don't want kids to fear brutal punishment. But, really, they need to learn some respect. I'm not sure where the line is, but I think punishing a teacher for putting a drop of liquid soap on a kid's lip is way, way too extreme.