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Georgia school reignites debate over corporal punishment after reinstating paddling as punishment

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Liberals are going to lose their minds over this.

A Georgia school has had a real impact on the debate over corporal punishment after reinstating a policy of paddling students as a form of discipline.

The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics, a kindergarten-thru-9th-grade charter school in Hephzibah, a suburb of Augusta, will begin spanking students with a wooden board, CBS affiliate WRDW-TV reported.

Superintendent Jody Boulineau told WRDW that consent forms were sent home and of about 100 forms returned, one-third gave the school consent to paddle their child — which means two-thirds did not.

“In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” Boulineau said. “There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn’t have the problems that you have.”

The form stated 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.”

There should be no more than a maximum of three licks administered.

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“There’s no obligation, it’s not required,” Boulineau noted. “A parent can either give consent for us to use that as a disciplinary measure or they can deny consent.”

Paddling is still legal in Georgia and 19 other states, according to the CBS affiliate.

It’s not clear who’ll be doing the paddling, other than an “administrator,” but some parents are thrilled over the form of discipline being brought back, believing it’ll help restore order in our schools.

Some are not as thrilled about the prospects of a stranger striking their child with a piece of wood — which could be construed as abuse.

At a time when resisting authority is all but endorsed by liberals, the issue makes for an intense debate. Here’s a sampling of that debate from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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