Marion County, Florida Schools May Bring Back Spanking Children

| by Michael Allen

School officials in Marion County, Florida, may bring back the practice of paddling children.

School board member Carol Ely supports paddling and may have the support of the school board to vote for it, reports

Ely was the principal at Ocala. Florida's Shady Hill Elementary for 14 years, where she used paddling: "It was very effective the way we implemented it. We only did it on very small occasions, but it was for children who were chronic [misbehavers]."

Ely said she saw firsthand that paddling was more effective than other punishment: "The return rate of children for corporal punishment has been almost zero."

If the Marion County School Board approves paddling, Ely said it would only be used with parental permission.