Fla. School Board Allows Paddling Students after Banning Practice

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  • OCALA, Fla. (AP)- Three years after banning paddling, the Marion County school board agreed Tuesday to let elementary school principals resume the practice to punish misbehaving students.

    Officials approved the measure, which has been banned since 2010.

    According to the Ocala Star-Banner, paddling can only be used in elementary schools, and only if a parent gives a standing written approval once a year. In addition, the principal must receive verbal permission before paddling the child. And a student can be paddled just once a semester.

    The newspaper reports that before the practice was banned, Marion County was one of the largest districts in the state that still used corporal punishment.

    The motion to bring back paddling was made by board member Carol Ely, a retired principal who believes it is a good option for discipline.

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