A charter school in Hephzibah, Georgia is going back to an old-school form of discipline for misbehaving students.

The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC) have reinstated corporal punishment.

Students in the kindergarten through ninth grade school can now be spanked on the behind with a wooden paddle as a form of discipline, reports AP News.

Superintendent Jody Boulineau told WRDW,

“In this school, we take discipline very seriously.

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

Last week GSIC sent home a consent letter explaining the policy at hand. So far, more than 100 forms have been returned — about one third of parents have given the school permission to spank their children.

The new policy allows paddling after a student’s third disciplinary offense.

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“I’ve heard, ‘Great, it’s about time, we’re so glad that this is happening again, they should’ve never taken it out of schools,’ all the way to ‘Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe you are doing that’,” Boulineau said.

Superintendent Boulineau added:

“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.

It’s just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox that we can use.”

Parents who do not consent to have their kids spanked have agreed to up to five days of suspension instead. The form reads:

A student will be taken into an office behind closed doors. The student will place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle.

The form also says “no more than three licks [hits] should be given.” In 15 states, including Georgia, corporal punishment is “explicitly” still legal, according to an analysis by Education Week.

However, some experts argue the controversial practice of spanking doesn’t help solve discipline issues and needs to end, as previously reported by Dearly.

In a report published by the American Psychological Association (APA), psychologists found the “boundary line between punishment and abuse” is too difficult to establish in self-reported studies.

Therefore, “psychologists can not responsibly recommend its use” until adequate research can demonstrate the effectiveness of corporal punishment.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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3 Replies to “School Sends Parents Form Asking for Consent to Spank Misbehaving Students— And Many Are Signing On”

  • Wilma Ralls 2 years ago

    I am APPALLED!!!!! I raised 3 children and NEVER needed to resort to HITTING THEM for ANY REASON!!! I raised my children while being a teacher myself and NEVER had any problems at all with the children I taught, or my own, from Kindergarten through 6th grade at a private school in Berkeley California! Of course the school was run by Quakers (no religious educating at all!). The children were always very happy and the classes were half the size of public schools! I worked there in exchange for free tuition for my 3 children! The school has been around since 1940 started by Quakers who came to the San Francisco Bay Area to protest against World War Two and started the school for their own children. It’s still thriving!!! Many parents who teach at UC Berkeley send their children there. It goes thru 6th grade and the students go on to public Middle Schools in the area.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    That’s pretty ridiculous. If i spanked my child with a paddle I’d be put in jail. Wtf? There’s no way to monitor the amount of strength used in paddling. If the principal is angry, he could really hurt the child out of anger. What an abusive asshole. If a child is that out of control where you have to beat em with a paddle, just call the police and put em in cuffs and scare em a bit. Because when citizens are bad, that’s what happens, the police are called. Lynch mobs were done away with a long time ago. Is our society that stupid we gotta go backwards . Save the paddle for the criminals who are hurting our children. I’d like to paddle a few myself who have gotten away with their crimes. If a child can’t be reasoned with, id rather them strap em to a chair for a time out for 20 min and make them watch the other kids play recess thru the window, or stick them in a quiet room for a half hour or hour to think about their behavior, kinda like a detention. But no, it’s easier to just beat em, takes less time and effort, then we can continue on with our day ad have more time to beat more babies. When my high schooler was causing me problems, I kinda wished the principal woulda beat his ass. But hmmm, I wonder why they aren’t trying to spank the older kids, only up until 9th grade right? It’s cuz the older kids know it’s wrong and will fight back. Let’s paddle the ass of the little ones wo can’t fight back, because us big bad adults are too stupid to figure out any other way to discipline. Bunch of idiots. I wish I could turn my 11 yr old giant autistic son loose on their offices. He would destroy all their shit, and they could beat him all they wanted, and he would laugh at them and keep going. There are other ways to control unreasonable children you twits. Has anyone ever tried to raise a child with love, attention, affection, and hand over hand training? We’ll see how much you have to paddle a child raised under those conditions.

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