School Faces Backlash After Instituting Controversial Student Punishment Policy

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According to a report from CBS affiliate WRDW-TV, a Georgian school from Hephzibah is bringing back paddling - a form of spanking punishment using a wooden paddle - in which the action had caused and raised the national attention, right after the school has issued consent forms to the parents as an introduction to the schools’ new policy.

The school Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC), had services early on starting from kindergarten through 9th-grade, who had sent the consent forms to parents in hopes to reinstate paddling as a means of discipline. According to the school’s Superintendent, Jody Boulineau, that from the 100 parents given the consent forms, about ⅓ had agreed and had given the school consent to paddle their child.

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

The form shares the process of the planned method of discipline, and have also mentioned that the parents can deny giving their consent to the school should they be unwilling to. The details are discussed as follows:

“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. Students will be paddled after their third offense. The form also says "no more than three licks should be given."

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The specified paddle dimensions are also detailed in the form, stating that it should be 24 inches long and six inches wide, including a 3/4th inch thick wooden body, and parents will be informed of the paddling, which will be done by an administrator that has not been verified whom, according to CBS News.

"It's just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox that we can use," Boulineau states.

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Paddling has not been used widely in schools, as the controversy over the discipline has been rampant since a few years now, but is still legal in Georgia and 19 other states. 

Sources: CBS News / Photo Credit: NBC News

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