Should Schools Bring Back Corporal Punishment?
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A Missouri school district is reviving a long-dormant discipline method: a paddle.
Southern Missouri’s Cassville School District implemented a new policy that enables corporal punishment. Administrators say it would only be used as a last resort if other disciplinary methods prove unsuccessful.
Superintendent Dr. Meryl Johnson said the new policy is the result of a survey of district parents last year.
“The complaints that we have heard from some of our parents is that they don’t want their students suspended. They want another option,” Johnson said. “And so, this was just another option that we could use before we get to that point of suspension.”
“Corporal punishment will be used only when other means of discipline have failed and then only in reasonable form, when the principal approves it,” Johnson said.
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