Greenville schools consider paddling, with parents’ approval

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi school district might make paddling an option for students who misbehave.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports that Greenville Public School District trustees are considering a corporal punishment proposal.

Superintendent Janice Page-Johnson says that at the beginning of a school year, parents could sign a form giving permission for a child to be paddled.

Some trustees, though, are expressing concerns about the proposal. Doris Thompson, Loretta Shannon and Shirley Cartlidge say the proposed policy does not specify where a child could be struck, how many times or how hard.

Page-Johnson says other disciplinary measures could be used if a parent does not authorize corporal punishment for a child. She also said paddling would be a last resort.

Mississippi law allows each school district to set a corporal punishment policy.

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