POLL: Should schools use paddling as a form of discipline?

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 /

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A charter school in Georgia is drawing national attention this week, after sending out consent forms to parents informing them that paddling will be used as a form of punishment in their school.

“In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” superintendent Jody Boulineau stated. “There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn’t have the problems that you have.”

“A student will be taken into an office behind closed doors. The student will place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle,” the consent form reads. Students will receive a paddling after their third offense, and “no more than three licks should be given.”

Students whose parents don’t consent to their children being paddled will receive a school suspension of up to five days as an optional form of punishment for misbehavior.

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5 Comments

  1. Ruth Ohmann September 12th, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    In this day and age parents are punished for spanking their children. Why would we want an outsider from the family doing it? There is a possibility of worse spanking for some kids due to a personal dislike than others. Spanking needs to be done out of love for the person being spanked to help them grow into a responsible person. Spanking is best left to the parents!

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  2. Donna September 12th, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Kids need discipline but it should be done by the parents. School needs to discipline the parents first. Suspension is a vacation for kids but the parents get involved (have to take a day off).

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    • Patricia September 12th, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      Exactly! Parents SHOULD be the ones who discipline their children BUT there are some in this generation of parents who “don’t even know how to parent” never mind “discipline”.
      Better if there was a financial penalty applied to a child’s “bad behavior”. That would “wake um up”! But, then again, I worry about “abusive homes” or “single parents”. Maybe the parents should serve detention🤷‍♀️

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      • Candy September 13th, 2018 at 10:52 am

        There is another problem that does not receive much attention – I have 7 adopted children ranging in ages from 8 – 17 – 5 of them have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, this is a mental health issue and the schools have no protocol or training to deal with this, the behavioral issues are many and as hard as we try there is little that works – it used to be that parents and teachers worked together – not so much anymore.

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  3. ZS September 12th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Spanking students is not the answer. Yes they need discipline but with todays generation if this happened to one of them they probably plan a retaliation of some kind then your not any better off. The kids have been let go for so long that discipline means nothing.

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