Texas School District Brings Back the Paddle

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In an age where the notion of corporal punishment has become increasingly taboo, some parents have asked, "Should I spank my children?"

The age old debate is currently brewing in Temple, Texas where a school district located just outside of Fort Hood has decided to bring back the paddle as a means of discipline.

"We're in rural central Texas," said John Hancock, Temple schools assistant superintendent of administration. "We're very well educated, but still there are those core values. Churches are full on Sundays. This is a tool we'd like in the toolbox for responding to discipline issues."

Parents can authorize their child's school principal to paddle or spank their high school student as a form of discipline.

Since paddling was reinstated in the city's only high school, disciplinary issues have decreased dramatically. Many school employees are crediting the new policy for the change.

"The discipline problem is much better than it's been in years," school board president Steve Wright told The Washington Post.

However, not everyone agrees with the plan.

"If it was my child, I wouldn't want some other person hitting my child," paddling opponent Erica Amunsen said. "So my idea is if my child is acting up then you call me. I will come, I'll spank them."

"I'd rather go to detention or something, because that's just going to cause kids to get mad and retaliate," said Correy Eckles, another paddling opponent.

Meanwhile, many parents have pushed for the return of the paddling policy. They say they want their kids to know that there are consequences for bad behavior.

In addition to Texas, corporate punishment remains legal in 19 states.


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