Georgia school to reintroduce spanking in classrooms to discipline students

Shortly after sending the letters, the school said they received more than a hundred "consent to paddle" forms from the parents so far.


                            Georgia school to reintroduce spanking in classrooms to discipline students

A Georgia charter school has reportedly brought back paddling in an effort to discipline its students after it sent letters to parents earlier this week seeking permission for the disciplinary action.

A local CBS affiliate reported that the Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah sent letters to the parents asking them if the school teachers could spank the students with a wooden paddle.

The school's superintendent, Jody Boulineau, while talking to the local station said: "In this school, we take discipline very seriously. There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school, and you didn't have the problems that you have."

An abandoned Atlanta Public School bus sits in the ice on Howell Mill Road during the winter storm January 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Drivers and kids on school buses were stuck in their vehicles overnight as the wintery weather and accidents snarled roads and highways thoughout the region.
An abandoned Atlanta Public School bus sits in the ice on Howell Mill Road during the winter storm January 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Drivers and kids on school buses were stuck in their vehicles overnight as the wintery weather and accidents snarled roads and highways thoughout the region.

 

Shortly after sending the letters, the school said that they received more than a hundred "consent to paddle" forms from the parents so far. The school official said that a third of the forms they received from parents have given their consent to paddle their children.

Boulineau said: "It's just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox that we can use. There's no obligation; it's not required. A parent can either give consent for us to use that as a disciplinary measure or they can deny consent."

Reports state that the letters sent to the parents asking for their consent to paddle read that 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 added that one student will be paddled not more than three times as a punishment, according to reports.

 

The Georgia school's superintendent said that some of the parents were excited about the reinstatement of the controversial paddling policy. (Getty Images)
The Georgia school's superintendent said that some of the parents were excited about the reinstatement of the controversial paddling policy. (Getty Images)

Boulineau, talking about some of the parents' reaction, said: "I've heard 'great, it's about time, 'we're so glad that this is happening again, they should've never taken it out of schools. All the way to 'oh my goodness I can't believe you are doing that.’"

The school superintendent added that as an alternative to the punishment, students could face up to five days of suspension if the parents do not choose the school's paddling policy.

"I honestly feel like it's something that's not going to be used very often. Sometimes it's just kind of the threat of it being there becomes a deterrent in itself," Boulineau said.