A Georgia School Is Bringing Back Paddling To Punish Students

posted by Jessica Goodman - 

A kindergarten to 9th grade school in Georgia is received a lot of attention after sending their students home with a note about their forms of punishment for their students which includes bringing back the paddle. 

The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC), a kindergarten-through-9th-grade charter school, is bringing back paddling — spanking a child on the behind with a wooden board — as a form of discipline. Superintendent Jody Boulineau told WRDW that about 100 parents sent back the forms, and one-third gave the school consent to paddle their child. 

"In this school, we take discipline very seriously," the superintendent said. "There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn't have the problems that you have."

Boulineau said parents can deny giving permission to the school. The form sent home explained the steps the school would take to discipline children with a paddle. "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 form, which was obtained by WRDW, reads. Students will be paddled after their third offense. The form also says "no more than three licks should be given." 

The paddle will be 24 inches in length, six inches in width and 3/4 inches in thickness, the form specifies. Parents will be notified if their child is to be paddled by an administrator, according to the form, which CBS News has not independently verified.

Paddling has been very controversial and hasn't bee used in schools for years. But what you probably didn't know is that paddling is actually legal in 20 states - 1 of those being Georgia. 

As a parent, how would you feel about this being brought back into school? Would you remove your kid from this school? Would you allow it?

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