A school system in Florida might decide to bring back paddling. Though seldom used, corporal punishment is legal in schools in 19 States, including Florida.
New school board member and former principle Carol Ely is an advocate of corporal punishment. When she takes her seat on the board, the old standard of discipline will be revisited.
Ely was the principal of Shady Hill Elementary in Ocala, Fla., for 14 years. She says that, in her experience, paddling is far more effective than other methods of discipline, such as suspension.
“The return rate of children for corporal punishment has been almost zero,” she said.
Some parents are in favor of the idea, such as Linda McClean: “I would let them get a spanking and when they get home they would get another one for disrespecting school.”
But others disagree with the practice.
“No one should ever hit my kid. It should never be allowed,” said parent Jerrilyn Taylor.
Ely will pursue making corporal punishment an option when she joins the board next month.