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Marion schools reconsider spanking policy

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February

Paddle Corporal punishment has been going out of style in Florida schools lately. Even conservative Okaloosa County has banned spanking in the past year.

Marion's School Board isn't ready to go there, though.

Its split board decided to leave spanking as a discipline option for its principals after a lengthy debate, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. Some principals told the paper that even most of their parents support paddling, while others said there are much better alternatives.

Superintendent Jim Yancey has proposed the ban, calling the use of spanking "risky business."

Heck. We can remember the old days of 2003, when Hillsborough board member Jennifer Faliero proposed bringing paddling back, only to be roundly criticized as backward thinking. Nothing happened.

So what of it? Is corporal punishment needed? Or neanderthal?

(Image from Dallas Observer)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:49am]

    

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