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Paddling in Schools: Would You Support It?

One Florida County has given elementary school principals the green light to paddle misbehaving students. What do you think about this, Tampa Bay?

A trip to the principal’s office in Marion County elementary schools might mean more for misbehaving students than a call to parents and possible detention detail. Principals there have been given the green light to paddle unruly pupils.

The county’s school board decided April 23 that it was high time this once banned practice was brought back into the educational system. Citing repeat disciplinary problems with students where nothing else worked to get kids on track, board member Carol Ely, a retired principal, put the idea on the table.

While the measure passed, principals don’t have carte blanche to paddle kids. Principals must first obtain standing written permission from parents, and they must get verbal permission before each paddling. A child can only be paddled – three hits on the rear – once a semester and those strikes must occur in the presence of a witness.

Here’s what we’d like your take on, Tampa Bay: How do you feel about paddling in schools? Would you support your school district if it decided to bring back the practice? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

Amanda May 05, 2013 at 09:44 PM
You hit an adult, it's assault. You hit a child, it's "discipline." This is truly sickening. It's not a lack of spanking that makes children unruly, it's a lack of boundaries and enforcing limits empathetically. There is NO need to ever hurt a child to "teach a lesson." Discipline means "to teach." Discipline does not mean "hit/spank/swat/paddle." Making children obey by instilling fear in them is evil and teaches nothing. Children are new on Earth and we must guide them and help them on this journey. If we all just continue to hit children...where do they end up?Violent, aggressive adults. The cycle continues. Home-schooled children rarely have behavioral problems, and if they do, it's because of other factors. Letting children create, imagine, have fun, and play leaves little room for unruliness. We must also look at diet. Most children in this country today eat nothing but JUNK. Artificial food dyes, unnatural sugars, preservatives...They are bound to express themselves in unflattering ways because the neurotransmitters in their brains are misfiring because of the chemicals in their bodies. I believe it's time we re-think everything.
Diana Smith May 13, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Get the dope out of schools. There would be less problems. I have heard of kids selling drugs in middle and high school, and even students have told me there are needles in the bathrooms of the high school. Thankfully, my grand daughter is against drugs of any kind. She is disciplined at home, and has chores she has to do and maintain good grades which she does. I really don't see where paddling children will help with their behavior. I suppose they need to be sent to a special school if their behavior continues.
jim clements September 07, 2013 at 11:01 PM
This is school violence pure and simple. Parents must assume the responsibility of discipline for their child and not some bully teacher or principal I attended Florida schools decades ago and saw and experienced much abuse mainly toward boys. What I learned from these criminals was hate, contempt, fear, feelings of rage and revenge and more violence but not ever respect. If I met one of those abusers today I would spit right into their dirty faces. If I picked up a two foot board and hit someone I would be charged and convicted of felony assault but these people get more brazen with time and get away with their crimes. It is illegal to strike a US prisoner, an animal, a mental health patient, and hazing is illegal as well, but it is ok to physically assault a child? We have perverts (male and female) and I personally know of some that you would never guess, that are employed in our schools and are allowed by law to indulge in their fetish because there is no legislation to protect our children in school. This is disgusting and indicative of a third world country, not the United States of America. It is unbelievable to me that this is still going on.
CJ September 08, 2013 at 01:44 PM
One of these days , Babak, we may meet. I know you don't like me. After we meet you will like me even less. I can tell you don't have a single fan or supporter on any article you comment on. You are disliked by everyone. Your own dog probably hates you. You strike me as a wife, children, and animal abuser. What a pitiful, sorry existence on Earth you represent. You are the kind of person who has a yard I like to let my dog take a dump in and then leave it. Other than that, you are probably not a bad guy.
Brian September 23, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Yea put them in time out to think about how not to get caught rhe next time..Yea it works

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