Monday, March 30, 2009

TN: Maury Co. May Stop School Spanking

Schools Director Has Strongly Discouraged Spanking
POSTED: 10:31 am CDT March 30, 2009

COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- School officials in Columbia are considering eliminating paddling to avoid possible lawsuits alleging abuse.

The Maury County school board gave initial approval this month to eliminating the policy, which states that corporal punishment should only be used as a last resort. However, parents are allowed to opt out.

Schools Director Eddie Hickman said he has strongly discouraged the practice and he doesn't want the school system or the faculty to face a possible lawsuit if the punishment is used incorrectly.

Corporal punishment incidents in the county have plummeted in recent years, from 77 incidents in the 2004-2005 academic year to only three reported this past year.

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