Georgia School Announces the Return of the Disciplinary Paddle, Some Parents Thrilled

A Georgia grade school has announced that it is bringing back the paddle as a tool to discipline students and many parents could not be happier.

The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah, Georgia, is a grade school that serves kids from Kindergarten to Sixth grade. According to reports, the school sent 100 consent forms home to parents asking for permission to use a paddle on their children if they misbehave in class. Fox News reported.

Superintendent Jody Boulineau told the news station the school “takes discipline very seriously,” and that there was once a period in history “where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn’t have the problems that you have.”

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Parents of students in the kindergarten through 9th grade charter school received a “consent to paddle form” which details the corporal punishment, which would occur on the student’s third offense.

“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 reportedly read.

“There’s no obligation, it’s not required,” Boulineau said. “A parent can either give consent for us to use that as a disciplinary measure or they can deny consent.”

The superintendent says that about one third of the parents returned the forms giving the school permission to paddle kids, Fox said.

Boulineau added that he has gotten a wide range of responses over the plan, from “I’ve heard, ‘Great, it’s about time,'” to “‘Oh my goodness I can’t believe you are doing that.'”

Those children whose parents did not give permission to use corporal punishment for infractions will face suspension from school for up to five days instead of the paddle.

The State of Georgia already allows the use of corporal punishment in schools, so Boulineau’s policy does not violate any laws.

So, what do you think? Is bringing back the paddle a good idea? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments section.

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