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Marion schools bring back paddling punishment



It's back.

Three years after banning the practice, the Marion School Board has decided to let elementary school principals paddle students for bad behavior. When the district quit using the board, it was one of the largest in Florida to still allow corporal punishment, the Ocala Star Banner reports:

"The board ruled that paddling can be used only if a parent gives a standing written OK once a year. In addition, the principal must obtain verbal permission at the time the punishment is handed down. Under the policy, corporal punishment can only be used at the elementary school level. It can only be used on a child once a semester. Principals are not bound to use the punishment."

Florida has never banned corporal punishment, although officials have encouraged its end and most districts have stopped the practice. But not all of them. State Impact Florida detailed its use a year ago in a set of stories here. What do you think about paddling as a form of school discipline for children?

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:19am]


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