Missouri school district is bringing back paddling after parents wanted an alternative to suspension

A Missouri school district is bringing back paddling for naughty students after parents said they would prefer alternative punishments to suspension.

Administrators in the Cassville School District said KOLR TV that corporal punishment would be a last resort for parents and faculty members when other disciplinary measures fail.

Headmistress Dr. Meryl Johnson said the policy change was the result of a parent survey last year. The parents said they wanted another option before their children were removed from the classroom for misbehavior.

“The complaints we have heard from some of our parents are that they do not want their students to be suspended. They want another option,” Johnson said. “And so that was just another option that we could exercise before we get to this point of suspension.”

The school district will not spank a child unless the child’s parents give their consent. Parents must register their children before the paddle is used for disciplining. dr Even then, Johnson said it would only be used as a last resort.

“Corporal punishment will only be used when other disciplinary measures have failed, and then only in an appropriate form with the principal’s approval,” Johnson said.

But not all parents are happy with the new policy. Miranda Waltrip, a mother of three at Cassville Public Schools, told KOLR she was shocked by the decision.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate,” Waltrip said. “You know, there are a lot of kids in the school district that don’t have parents using resources the way they should for their kids.”

Her strong preference is for the district to explore alternative means of punishment.

“You know, I feel like if they had another outlet like counseling services and school instead of corporal punishment, that would be the more appropriate response,” Waltrip said. “At the end of the day they have to hold the child down and spank them or use whatever means necessary to make the child submissive if that’s not the problem, it’s the fact that they need to be heard because children act for different reasons.”

She described Cassville, a southern Missouri town of 3,190, as a small and culturally conservative town whose residents may be misguided because of their upbringing.

“We live in a really small community where people were raised a certain way, and they’re kind of overwhelmed by the fact that they were raised around discipline and beatings,” Waltrip said. “And so for them, it’s like going back to the good old days, but not because at the end of the day, it does more harm than good.”

https://www.theblaze.com/news/missouri-school-district-brings-back-paddling Missouri school district is bringing back paddling after parents wanted an alternative to suspension

Laura Coffey

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