Texas School District Approves Paddling as Discipline Measure
Corporal punishment is making a comeback at three Texas schools.
According to FOX News, the Three Rivers Independent School Board south of San Antonio unanimously approved a paddling policy to practice on students as a disciplinary measure.
The Texas Classroom Teachers Association defines corporal punishment as such:
... A deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline. It does not include physical pain caused by reasonable physical activities associated with athletic training, competition or physical education.
Only the campus behavior coordinator or principal have the authority to paddle, reports USA Today and another caveat is that only children of parents who have verbal and written consent will receive 'one paddling for an infraction when they misbehave at school'.
Parents will be able to opt in or out when registering their kids for the school year.
The Superintendent for Three Rivers Independent School District told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
If the parent is not comfortable with it, that's the end of the discussion.
This is a very divisive subject for most parents. Were you paddled in school growing up? Do you think it played a positive or negative role in your developmental years?