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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It may seem like something from the old days, but children are still being paddled in North Carolina schools. Columbus County Schools recently abandoned the punishment after finding out the district was using it more than all but one other school district in the state.

North Carolina is one of about 20 states that still allows paddling in schools, but the number of schools using the punishment is dwindling. Columbus County Schools joined the trend after a report showed 193 of its students received some sort of corporal punishment last school year.

“We felt the numbers were high,” said Dr. Heather Wing, Columbus County’s Director of Pupil Personnel Services. “We visited the options and had further discussion and then put into place effective February 7 during that board meeting to discontinue our corporal punishment option.”

Paddling was not allowed on every student. Parents could opt out.

Parent Karen Crosby says she liked the idea of corporal punishment at Acme-Delco Elementary and fully supported the teachers when her son was paddled.

“They need the paddling,” Crosby said. “I believe it helps their behavior better, not to scare them. They know the consequences of their actions.”

But what about the time-honored phrase “Spare the rod, spoil the child?”

Charles Shaw, says we need to get back to discipline of the olden days.

“There used to be a time when they get a hold of them at school, and then they would go home and get another whooping, and I think it needs to be that way now, because that’s why there’s so much crime, ’cause of children knowing they’re not getting a whooping,” Shaw said.

The times have changed. School leaders say they are focusing more on offering students positive reinforcement.

“We are moving forward with our positive behavior intervention program here in Columbus County,” Superintendent Alan Faulk said. “I do feel like this puts us more in line with the state and the rest of the country.”

Several parents with spoke with said they support their child being paddled at school, while others said they’d rather take care of the discipline at home.

Columbus County’s western neighbor Robeson ounty spanked the most students last year accounting for 359 of the nearly 900 students paddled across the state.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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13 Comments on "Columbus Co. stops student paddling after finding out it spanked 2nd most in state"

Justin America
2015 years 9 months ago

Isn’t that basically the same thing? Anyway, the rest reads; Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from Hell.” Now, how many are going straight to Hell???

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 9 months ago

A parent spanking a child does not mean they are treating them like animals. No this is not the civil war, now we have children going to school and shooting classmates. I assume you think kids are more diciplined in 2012? Sell that B.S. to someone else.

2015 years 9 months ago

No one should hit a kid, not even their parents. They are not animals.
I would advise the kids to hit back.

The civil war is over people, start acting like its 2012

2015 years 9 months ago

I will agree that you shouldn’t “hit” a child but there isn’t a thing wrong with a good spanking. A “hit” implies use of force to hurt where as a spanking is a reinforcement as to what is expected from the child.

General Cartman Lee
2015 years 9 months ago

the Civil War that is, until you brought it up so I think everyone’s aware that it’s over. What does the Civil War have to do with hitting one’s kids?

Are you implying it’s okay to hit animals? They are almost entirely defenseless against a human being you monster. Glad I’m not you. I’m especially glad I’m not your unfortunate pets.

Windows 7 reminds me of the date everyday so yeah, I’d heard about the whole 2012 thing.

2015 years 9 months ago

Why is anyone concerned if Columbus County is #2? What if our students are #2 in needing to be paddled? What’s wrong with #2, or even #1? It just shows we don’t take crap from from hooligans.
Now that Columbus County has stopped paddling, the #3 school is now the new #2 school. Should they now stop paddling for this reason?

2015 years 9 months ago

Since Feb. 7, the number of students suspended in Columbus County Schools has increased drastically. Once again, this was what tree huggers wanted and the minority has won again. When is the majority going to stand up?

Justin America
2015 years 9 months ago

The “positive behavior intervention program” better be a new euphemism for paddling or you will find yourselves more inline with the State and the rest of Amerika. You take one block out and the tower still stands, then you take one more and then one more etc….

2015 years 9 months ago

Nice…I am surprised there wasn’t some biblical quote about “spare the rod…blah, blah, blah…”…if you still have some misguided opinion that spanking a child or any form of violence used as a tool to help children behave or learn is effective, maybe you should get a little of that treatment yourself. Maybe your boss should smack you around a little when you don’t do something correctly at work. First off, the responsibility of punishing the child lies with the parents, who are probably screwed up themselves if the school has to resort to spanking. Second, does anyone really want a stranger putting their hands on their child? Not I. Get out of the Dark Ages and realize that if a child can get you to the point that your want to physically punish them, you have been manipulated by a child’s mind and maybe you should reassess yourself and how you are raising said child.

2015 years 9 months ago

The bible does not say “spare the rod, spoil the child” That was Dr. Benjamin Spock. The Bible actually says “Proverbs 13:24
New International Version (NIV)
24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

2015 years 9 months ago

Any type of physical punishment at schools should be outlawed. It is simply to risky. All it takes is a teacher in a bad mood to swing that paddle one too many times and get the school district sued for millions. Parents should discipline their students…if they cant then suspend them. Period.

2015 years 9 months ago

until we were in middle school. Then they banned it. Could you tell a difference? Oh yes. I’ll admit even my smart arsed mouth got a little more smart arsed knowing the punishment would be writing sentences over and over or a day in detention (basically an all day study hall in which you do your assignments) versus having my arse scorched by an Assistant Principal who was quite adept at it. Things went from bad to worse and a couple of years later, a classmate even murdered another classmate. Obviously the threat of being paddled wouldn’t have stopped a killing but you get the idea. We were the group that was in the rowdy age range when these types of punishments were ended so some of us took advantage of it and lost our minds for a while. The new punishments just didn’t persuade us.

All that said, this was 25 years ago and if I were a teacher, I wouldn’t dare paddle a student today. Between kids with guns and knives who don’t mind using them and over-protective helicopter parents, you’d be taking your life in your hands to paddle a student. I just hope Columbus County’s school administrators do a better job than those who were in charge when mine ended paddling. The new punishments better be an even bigger threat than a paddling.

2015 years 9 months ago

You want a $25,000 per year teacher, or even higher paid principle of a school to decide whether he should physically HIT your child because of what he or she deems inappropriate!??? This is 2012. This is the United States of America, this isn’t a third world country. This barbaric ritual should be been made illegal right after it began.

If you want to spank your child – YOU do it. It’s not an educators job nor right or should it ever be.

North Carolina needs to get with the rest of the progressive nation and stop these back woods, country “go get a switch” mentality when it comes to childhood education.

We have some of the best higer education institutions in the country but our public k-12 schools are still pondering this crap? If it took Columbus County being “#2″ for spankings, maybe they should start to dig a little deeper on the issue. Parenting?


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