Paddling Scheduled to Return to Marion County Elementary Schools
MARION COUNTY- Paddling is back, and that’s after the school board voted in 2010 to ban the practice from schools.
Even after the recent majority vote to bring reintroduce corporal punishment parents and school board officials remain divided on the topic.
Corporal punishment is legal in Florida but it is up to county school boards to implement.
Marion County School Board Member, Carol Ely who recommended the change at Tuesday's says that paddling does things for elementary school students that time out can’t.
And she knows from experience, she was a principal in the school board system for fourteen years.
“We don’t hit very hard it’s the emotional impact that we hit more than anything um because the child’s in our office with their back to us and their rear up in the air, and we have the secretary witnessing so she can compare what we’re doing to one child versus what we’re doing to another child.”
According to School Board discussions parents will be contacted for permission before a student can be paddled but only school administrators are allowed to deliver the punishment.
At the beginning of next school year parents of elementary school students will be given a form to sign if they wish for their child to be paddled.
It’s still up to the principal to decide whether or not corporal punishment should be administered.
After repeat offenses a student can be paddled once a semester.
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