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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s state school board says it opposes using physical pain to enforce discipline, saying corporal punishment does more harm than good.

The State Board of Education on Thursday approved a statement opposing corporal punishment, which is still allowed in a dozen or so of the state’s 115 districts. The state board’s resolution does not ask the General Assembly to outlaw the practice.

The number of children being paddled in public schools is falling fast.

The state school board says corporal punishment can harm students physically, mentally and emotionally and there are many other ways to maintain discipline.

A report last month found corporal punishment was used about 400 times statewide during the last school year, less than half of the 890 cases reported the previous year.

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2015 years 9 months ago

You are correct…but too bad this is a paddling XBox game they are referring to.
$59.95 at Wal Mart!

Just a Guest
2015 years 9 months ago

We live in a coastal community – exercise is good for these kids! If they have the opportunity to be out paddling around the waterways – more power to them! Gets them off the Xbox!

2015 years 9 months ago

Did you read the article?!!! This was about discipline, not exercise!

2015 years 9 months ago

is not about “paddling” around in a kayak or canoe. They’re talking about busting a kid’s a** with a paddle when they misbehave. However, you’re spot-on with kids needing outside exercise instead of simply exercising their thumbs on an Xbox.

2015 years 9 months ago

Paddling as in corporal punishment, not as in propelling a watercraft.


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2015 years 9 months ago

“Here Come Da Judge” (Grandfathered “in” cases shall now begin)
Doesn’t say anything about or against a school Principal or teacher handling “out of hand students” by tripping them as they walk by in the hall…then saying…”Oh My Lord…What Happened…Are You OK?”
Quite a few of my buddies that had their tails whipped by Ole Dad when they were kids (on a regular basis) are now:
1. 2 are lawyers that defend Dad’s that are being sued by a bystander in the grocery store, for seeing them spank their kids…
2. 3 are doctors (1 was a surgeon that repaired tanned hides (butts), but business has dropped off lately due to kids rights to misbehave)…
3. 12 are Airline Pilots that have to sit on soft pillows while flying…
4. 2 are still lost in the 1960’s…that need an A** Whoopin’!…
5. 1 is a Pharmacist/tells me sore butt pills have dropped off too….

2015 years 9 months ago

Easy there people… google sarcasm and come on back.

2015 years 9 months ago

I’m not against corporal punishment as a rule. I sure wouldn’t want that kind of thing left up to the idiots who “run” our “education” system.

2015 years 9 months ago

Paddle away,Just look around,the results of undisciplined people are every where.The worst examples are in our jails and prisons costing all of us a fortune.

2015 years 9 months ago

If only parents cared enough to discipline their own children. The way things are now, the kids that deserve punishment have parents who defent their child no matter what….as if their child never does wrong


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