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After Input From Parents, School District Reinstates Spanking

Parents will have to opt-in, and it will be used as last resort

(Newser) - "The complaints that we have heard from some of our parents is that they don't want their students suspended," said a Missouri school superintendent. "They want another option." And another option they will get. KOLR reports that the Cassville School District is reintroducing corporal punishment,...

Georgia Charter School Is Bringing Back Paddling

'In this school, we take discipline very seriously'

(Newser) - The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics says there is now "one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox"—a paddle to hit misbehaving children with. The K-9 charter school in Hephzibah says it is bringing back paddling as a form of punishment, though it...

He Walked Out of School in Protest. Then, 2 'Swats'

Arkansas students' punishment for participating in gun violence protest is making headlines

(Newser) - Three students were punished for walking out of their Arkansas school Wednesday during the national protest against gun violence , and their punishment is now in the spotlight. Per , the Greenbrier Public Schools superintendent says the students never gave a heads-up so their school could prep for their demonstration,...

You Can Now Hike, Bike, and Paddle Across Canada

It's now the longest trail in the world

(Newser) - It is now possible, for anyone with the time and the inclination, to hike, bike, and paddle your way across Canada on a single, coast-to-coast trail. It's been about 25 years in the making, reports the Smithsonian , but now the world's longest continuous trail boasts 432 sections that...

Education Chief to Schools: Stop Hitting Kids

John King says corporal punishment is 'harmful,' 'ineffective'

(Newser) - Education Secretary John King has a message for states where physical discipline is permitted in schools, per USA Today : Quit it. In a letter to governors and state school chiefs, King says 22 states—mostly in the South and West—still allow corporal punishment or don't forbid it. He...

Alabama Paddled 19K Students in One School Year

Many local educators still support the practice that others say is harmful

(Newser) - An old-school form of discipline remains popular in Alabama. The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found that almost 19,000 children—2.5% of the state's students—got paddled in public schools during the 2013-2014 school year, reports . Boys get hit more than girls,...

Texas Lawmaker to Schools: Put the Paddles Away

Legislator's bill would outlaw all forms of corporal punishment

(Newser) - A principal-turned-lawmaker is trying to outlaw paddling, spanking, and all other forms of corporal punishment in Texas schools. Legislator Alma Allen's bill would make it illegal for school district employees to get physical to enforce discipline, reports the Houston Chronicle . Many of the state's big cities already ban...

School Weighs Rule Backing Paddling of Girls by Men

Texas district considering dumping 'same sex' limits on meting out corporal punishment

(Newser) - The Texas school where a mom freaked after her teenage daughter was paddled until her butt was red and "blistered" by a male vice principal now wants to reconsider the policy. But get this: Officials are aiming to change the rules to make it officially OK for a male...

School Lets Man Spank Teen Girl, Mom Freaks

Anna Jorgensen says she 'came unglued'

(Newser) - Letting her daughter be spanked with a paddle for having shared homework with a classmate? Not a problem for one Texas mom. But knowing that a man administered the punishment, and left her daughter's backside bruised, does upset her—and the mother has school policy on her side, because...

Texas Town's Schools Bring Back the Paddle

'A good crack might not be a bad idea,' says resident

(Newser) - A small town in Texas is reviving an old disciplinary technique: hitting students with paddles. Temple lifted its ban on the practice last May. Without paddling, "there were no consequences for kids," says the head of the school board, who adds that high school students have become much...

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