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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The number of North Carolina children being paddled at school is falling fast as the handful of districts that continue to use physical pain as discipline decline.

A report to the State Board of Education on Thursday showed the number of uses of corporal punishment fell to 404 statewide during the last school year, down by 55 percent from the 891 cases in the 2010-2011 school year. That was the first year all uses of corporal punishment were required to be reported.

The new figures show that two out of every three times paddling was used in North Carolina schools, it happened in Robeson County.

Just a dozen of the state’s 115 school districts had employees swatting students, but just nine districts did it more than once.

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