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#1398941 --- 04/24/13 08:33 PM Florida To Resume Paddling in Schools
twocats Offline
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Registered: 02/09/10
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Loc: NYS
Really? Really? Putting your hands on someone else is not a way to resolve a conflict, but I guess it's better than shooting someone.

Three years after banning paddling, the Marion County school board agreed Tuesday to let elementary school principals resume the practice to punish misbehaving students.

Officials approved the measure, which has been banned since 2010.

According to the Ocala Star-Banner, paddling can only be used in elementary schools, and only if a parent gives a standing written approval once a year. In addition, the principal must receive verbal permission before paddling the child. And a student can be paddled just once a semester.

The newspaper reports that before the practice was banned, Marion County was one of the largest districts in the state that still used corporal punishment.

The motion to bring back paddling was made by board member Carol Ely, a retired principal who believes it is a good option for discipline.

But board members Bobby James and Angie Boynton voiced concerns.

"This is going to open up a whole can of worms," said James. He also suggested corporal punishment could end up being used disproportionately on minority students.

Boynton suggested that the district's in-school suspension program is a better alternative to paddling. The program, called Positive Alternative to School Suspension, gives parents of students recommended for suspension a place to send their children. The PASS program started in 2010, after paddling was banned.

Mark Vianello, the executive director of student services in Marion County, said more behavior specialists were added to schools after paddling was banned.
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#1398944 --- 04/24/13 08:39 PM Re: Florida To Resume Paddling in Schools [Re: twocats]
Greymane Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
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Loc: Central PA
I think the biggest problem here is that someone thinks the answer is the way the SCHOOL disciplines our kids. How did it get to this point? I remember paddling in school. Don't remember anyone getting killed over it. BUT...if your kids are out of control in school, they certainly aren't angels at home. I wish I knew the answer.
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. - Dr. Lawrence J. Peter

#1399152 --- 04/26/13 08:59 AM Re: Florida To Resume Paddling in Schools [Re: Greymane]
secure white guy Offline

Registered: 02/04/13
Posts: 455
Loc: blue yoga mat

The National Association of School Nurses defines corporal punishment as "intentional infliction of physical pain as a method of changing behavior." This can include hitting, shaking or slapping, either with the hand or with an object, such as a paddle or a belt. Corporal punishment becomes abuse if it causes injury to the child. As of 2010, 29 states have outlawed its use within the school system, and 19 countries, including Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and Croatia, have outlawed the practice in the home.

The Marion County (FL) school board openly disagrees. Shame on them.