Georgia charter school reinstating controversial paddling policy

Posted at 6:25 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 16:51:03-04

A charter school in Georgia will reinstate a policy allowing children to be paddled as part of their punishment.

Georgia school for Innovation and the Classics, a K-9 charter school, is bringing the policy back and the superintendent says he believes it could do some good.

"There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn't have the problems that you have," Jody Boulineau told WAGT

Parents of students were allowed to decline the punishment be used on their child. They were given "consent to paddle" forms stating that their child had the option of either going into an office, getting on their hands and knees or piece of furniture and being struck on the buttocks with a paddle three times, or receiving a five days of suspension. 

The school says they have received about 100 forms with a third of them giving the "ok" to paddle. 

Georgia is one of 19 states that still use corporal punishment. 

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