The mother of an Arkansas high school student is speaking out after she says her son was subjected to corporal punishment for participating in last week's National School Walkout.
Jerusalem Greer told Cosmopolitan that her son, 17-year-old Wylie Greer, walked out of his class at Greenbrier High School last Wednesday along with two other students to join the nationwide protest for stricter gun control laws.
Greer said that the trio of students was approached by the dean during their protest and told to return to class, a demand which was refused. The students were then given the option of receiving two days of in-school suspension or two smacks with a wooden paddle. All three chose the latter.
Greer took to Twitter on March 14 to express her shock with the unusually harsh punishment.
"My kid and two other students walked out of their rural, very conservative, public school for 17 minutes today," she wrote. "They were given two punishment options. They chose corporal punishment. This generation is not playing around. #walkout"
My kid and two other students walked out of their rural, very conservative, public school for 17 minutes today. They were given two punishment options. They chose corporal punishment. This generation is not playing around. #walkout
Wylie told Cosmopolitan that although he was initially scared about the punishment, he said he "understood what had to happen, and was prepared for that."
However, the teenager still said that he disagrees with his school's disciplinary methods, stating that "violence should be used to intimidate children and young adults into silence disgusts me."
"It is barbaric and cruel," he added.
Still, Wylie told CNN that being paddled "was the noble and right thing to do in this scenario."
"In my mind, the in-school suspension was essentially conceding to sitting down and shutting up, which is what the admin and school wanted to happen, to keep it quiet almost," Greer told the outlet. "I felt if I stood up and took the punishment in an honorable way, that it was better than doing what they wanted me to do which is shut up and go on with our lives."
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Powerful images from the National School Walkout
Powerful images from the National School Walkout
Stop sending us to school to die #Enough #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/R8txeyiVvz
Elementary school walkout in Alexandria, Virginia. More than 65 kids, and they are totally silent. Look at those fa… https://t.co/JG9X38iSoE
Success Academy Hell's Kitchen elementary students doing a small walkout with a teacher https://t.co/VNuh6Zbc8t
We stand with students. #ENOUGH #NationalSchoolWalkout #ProtectOurKids #StopGunViolence @WomensMarchY https://t.co/5ZByYpmUuu
Student walkout at #LaGuardiaHighschool #NBCNews https://t.co/WXa1AbKXba
HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds of students at Eleanor Roosevelt High leave class as part of the National Walkout. They cha… https://t.co/0bSLhyfKSO
Elizabett Baez, senior at Urban Assembly Gateway School https://t.co/F5IshUZOsi
At Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, students are pouring out the back doors and making their way to the football fi… https://t.co/BSfTWoyCa5
East Lansing High School Students walking out of classes join in the National School Walkout. #ELHS #MSU… https://t.co/dAU6olHa7H
HAPPENING NOW: It’s after 10 and the walkout at Heritage High is beginning now. https://t.co/2SV4sT0fZk
Students @IamCPS SCPA #walkout https://t.co/OlkKzp6lgw
Proud to stand outside Ft. Hamilton HS today as students walk out to protest gun violence and the horrific NRA. Fea… https://t.co/410SR2xDSU
Walk out is underway at East Chapel Hill High School https://t.co/ksTpiZPjwA
Hundreds of middle & high school students in Hartford walk out of class to protest school & gun violence https://t.co/S4XcRqyiVF
RIGHT NOW: Hundreds of students protest gun violence in front of the White House, as part of nationwide walkout. https://t.co/vhKGxcjiq8
Students participating in the #NationalWalkoutDay at City High Middle School in Grand Rapids. @WOODTV https://t.co/t0RqcUjceY
Students at Wolfson H.S. walking out of class in protest for stricter gun laws. #NationalWalkoutDay @ActionNewsJax… https://t.co/LNxgIHuISm
Students at Columbia High School will ha e a moment of silence for the victims of the Parkland shooting… https://t.co/IFRBuUqdoq
#NationalWalkoutDay marching right now! A lot of us wearing orange and orange bracelets to represent the movement!… https://t.co/LdYJJ2E9j7
Massive stream of kids marching out of Williamsburg Prep to protest gun violence #neveragain https://t.co/bHKTWOWkW4
@BrearleyNYC students participating in #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/JWaKKuwzvM
While Congress sits on its hands, students like my son will stand and walk out of school this morning to demand act… https://t.co/ayIm1fYYI1
So very proud of our students today. Respectful, powerful, strong. Their silence was deafening. 700 strong.… https://t.co/JngotcxfsX
.@realDonaldTrump-Take a look out your window & you can see students taking part in a #NationalWalkoutDay. Or watch… https://t.co/CiIB3RN4FL
we are here and we will not be silenced #enoughisenough #nationalwalkoutday https://t.co/d5vJ4IfQPW
Currently at the White House.
Students at Warwick High School walking out of class right now. Principal expecting around 600 or more. #13NewsNow… https://t.co/hLM5B8a4iI