Fla. School Board Allows Paddling Students after Banning Practice

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But board members Bobby James and Angie Boynton voiced concerns.

“This is going to open up a whole can of worms,” said James. He also suggested corporal punishment could end up being used disproportionately on minority students.

Boynton suggested that the district’s in-school suspension program is a better alternative to paddling. The program, called Positive Alternative to School Suspension, gives parents of students recommended for suspension a place to send their children. The PASS program started in 2010, after paddling was banned.

Mark Vianello, the executive director of student services in Marion County, said more behavior specialists were added to schools after paddling was banned

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