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September 14, 2018 Evan Howell

Should Paddling Be Allowed?

Georgia charter school reinstating PADDLING to punish students – and a third of parents have already agreed to it

  • K through 9 Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics reinstated paddling as a form of corporal punishment
  • The school sent home forms outlining the policy to parents; a third gave consent
  • Students of parents who complied will be given a three-strike policy – meaning they will have two warnings about their behavior until they are paddled
  • Students of parents who did not will be subject to up to five days suspension
  • Superintendent Jody Boulineau said ‘it’s about time’ the policy returned
  • He believes the policy should have never been taken out of schools to begin with

A charter school in Georgia reinstated paddling as a form of corporal punishment after one third of parents signed a consent form agreeing to the controversial policy.

The K through 9 Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics, in Hephzibah, sent parents a form that outlined the policy regulations. The school received nearly 100 forms back; most parents did not give consent.

Students of parents who did, however, will be given a three-strike policy – meaning the children will have two behavior warnings until they are paddled.

The punishment will be given by a school administrator in a closed room with an adult witness present.

A Georgia K through 9 charter school reinstated paddling as a form of corporate punishment. Superintendent Jody Boulineau (above) said 'it's about time' the policy returned

A Georgia K through 9 charter school reinstated paddling as a form of corporate punishment. Superintendent Jody Boulineau (above) said ‘it’s about time’ the policy returned

The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics, (above) in Hephzibah, sent parents a form that outlined the the policy

‘At this school, we take discipline very seriously,’ GSIC Superintendent Jody Boulineau told a WRDW reporter who he explained the new policy to.

‘It’s just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox.’

The form states that students will be required to ‘place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks.’

No more than three licks will be administered with a wooden paddle – and the parent or guardian will be informed beforehand.

Students of parents who did not give consent will be subject to up to five days suspension.

The form states that students will be required to 'place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks.'  The punishment will be given by a school administrator in a closed room with an adult witness present

The form states that students will be required to ‘place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks.’  The punishment will be given by a school administrator in a closed room with an adult witness present

Boulineau said: ‘There is no obligation. It is not required… the parent can even give consent for us to use that as a disciplinary measure, or they can deny consent.’

He said he believes the policy should have never been taken out of schools to begin with.

‘There was a time when corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn’t have the problems that you have.

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