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Posted by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:23 AM
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NC school districts cut paddling cases in half

By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
The number of children being paddled in North Carolina public schools is falling fast as fewer districts use physical pain to enforce discipline, a report released Thursday said.

Some State Board of Education members want the Legislature to stop the dozen or so of the state's 115 districts that still practice corporal punishment. The state board will decide next month whether to ask for a statewide ban on a practice that fell by 55 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.

"It's my personal opinion that corporal punishment, physical punishment, does not belong in our schools," said board member John Tate III of Charlotte.

School workers can use force to restrain students or intervene in a dangerous situation, but allowing adult authorities to hurt a child isn't an effective discipline tool, Tate said.

A handful of states allow corporal punishment, but its use is falling fast in North Carolina. Local school boards can decide whether to permit paddling.

The number of cases of corporal punishment fell to 404 statewide during the school year that ended in May, down from 891 cases in the 2010-2011 academic year. That was the first time all uses of corporal punishment were required to be reported. Before recording all schoolhouse paddling was required, 1,160 cases of corporal punishment were reported statewide during the 2009-10 academic year.

The new figures show that two out of every three times paddling was used in North Carolina schools, it happened in Robeson County. The school district retained its statewide leadership in use of corporal punishment with 267 cases, down from 296 the previous year.

Only a dozen of the state's 115 school districts had employees swatting students, and only nine districts did it more than once.

Columbus County schools, No. 3 on the 2011-12 statewide tally with 36 cases, suspended paddling last spring within days of seeing the district ranked second statewide with 193 cases the previous year. Burke County schools did away with corporal punishment in May after recording one paddling during the completed academic year. Supporters of the practice warned that doing away with corporal punishment will lead students to believe there are no consequences for misdeeds, and that principals and teachers should retain the option of using force.

State law defines corporal punishment as intentionally inflicting physical pain to discipline a student. A law that took effect last year allowed a parent or guardian who objected to paddling to block administrators in districts that employ corporal punishment from administering it on their child. That opt-out option was available in the 2010-11 school year for the parents of disabled students.
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Bluetick
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:28 AM
My personal thoughts..... Why would the state feel like it's thier decision to physically beat our children ? Yes you can opt out however mistakes happen they say! Most people would loose thier child to dept of social services for what NC says is ok as long as they are attending school and a teacher/principle abuses them!!!

Makes my blood boil to know I live in 1 of the few counties that eagerly want corporal punishment to stay forever! BELIVE me they use it every chance they get! Past the point of abuse in 1 NC case! The child had been severely beaten !!

How can any human being allow this??
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SabrinaLC
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I didn't even know that was still allowed :-/

mrswillie
by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I didn't even know public schools still did this.

mysticalmalissa
by Gold Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Yep, its still alive and well and TN.  

Quoting mrswillie:

I didn't even know public schools still did this.


johnny4ever
by Tracy on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Interesting

terri76
by Terriny on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

 Wellll we all got it ;/...they do not allow it in FL

Audreesmommy757
by Diana on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM

wow i didnt know schools still did this...i would be livid

paris2lmp
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

I see both sides of this argument personally.  An interesting side note: I had a client come in a few months back who was from a state that allowed, and used, paddling in schools.  He had only been paddled twice in the whole 12 years he went to school.  He said where he was from the school had to use a state issued paddle and could issue no more than 3 "licks" and they had to be on the butt, "across both cheeks". 

He said it helped teach them respect and he didn't see anything abusive or horrible about it.  He said in his town kids said "yes maam and no sir" to their teachers and he thought that there was less problems in the school because of the paddles.  I don't know where I would sit in the end on the issue because I have never lived in a place where it was an issue.

Bluetick
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Here in NC too

Quoting mysticalmalissa:

Yep, its still alive and well and TN.  

Quoting mrswillie:

I didn't even know public schools still did this.


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Bluetick
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM
I understand that persons situation however I DO NOT understand why the school can do this but if a parent does it they go to jail for child abuse in this state

Quoting paris2lmp:

I see both sides of this argument personally.  An interesting side note: I had a client come in a few months back who was from a state that allowed, and used, paddling in schools.  He had only been paddled twice in the whole 12 years he went to school.  He said where he was from the school had to use a state issued paddle and could issue no more than 3 "licks" and they had to be on the butt, "across both cheeks". 


He said it helped teach them respect and he didn't see anything abusive or horrible about it.  He said in his town kids said "yes maam and no sir" to their teachers and he thought that there was less problems in the school because of the paddles.  I don't know where I would sit in the end on the issue because I have never lived in a place where it was an issue.

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