Georgia School to Bring Back Paddling as a Form of Punishment for Students

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Looks like a Georgia school is going old school with a new policy.

A charter school in Hephzibah, Georgia has initiated a new policy to allow paddling as a form of punishment – and as expected, critics and parents are not fond of the decision.

According to a report from local news station WRDW/WAGT, The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC), sent home a consent form to parents informing them of the new policy and requesting permission to use corporal punishment on their children if they misbehave in the classroom. As reported, the superintendent of the school states they’ve received a little over a hundred forms back, with a third giving consent to paddling.

“In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” Superintendent Jody 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,” she told WRDW/WAGT.

GSIC, which goes from kindergarten to ninth grade, promises that the paddling will not be the first choice for discipline. According to the form, the school will use the “three strike” policy so the paddling will not happen on the first and second offense. Furthermore, if a parent decides to opt out of paddling, they have to agree to up to five days suspension.

The form stipulates, “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.”

Corporal punishment is still legal in Georgia and 19 other states across the U.S, however due to its controversy, it is not a popular form of punishment.

Photo Credit: WRDW/WAGT