Georgia school brings back paddling to punish students — when parents give consent

Georgia school brings back paddling to punish students — when parents give consent
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[Ed. – Talk about old school…]

An area school recently sent home consent forms informing them of a new corporal policy at an area school. The superintendent says they’ve received a little over a hundred forms back, a third of them giving consent to paddle their child.

“In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” said Jody Boulineau, Superintendent of GSIC.

GSIC is going old school with a new policy for this year.

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“There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn’t have the problems that you have,” the Superintendent said.

You heard that right. Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, a K through 9 charter school, is bringing back paddling students as a form of discipline.

“It’s just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox that we can use,” Superintendent Boulineau said.

Parents got a “consent to paddle form” asking them if they’re ok with administrators hitting their child with a wooden paddle.

“There’s no obligation, it’s not required. A parent can either give consent for us to use that as a disciplinary measure or they can deny consent,” he said.

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