School brings back spanking as ‘last resort’ against out of control students

A school in the United States has brought back spanking as a form of punishment, allowing teachers to give their rebellious students a paddling.

The decision to reinstate corporal punishment comes under a new policy in Missouri classrooms, which comes after a survey sent to parents last year revealed the majority wanted spanking brought back.

Disciplining students with a paddle or cane was abandoned by the district in 2001, but the controversial corporal punishment for schoolkids seems to be making its way back into the mainstream.

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Cassville school superintendent Merlyn Johnson said that it was "another option" to suspending students that parents were asking for.

Superintendent Johnson said: "The complaints that we have heard from some of our parents is that they don’t want their students suspended. They want another option.

"And so, this was just another option that we could use before we get to that point of suspension."

According to Johnson, administrators will offer up the spanking as a "last resort" punishment that will only be used in "reasonable form and upon the recommendation of the principal".

Parents wanting their children spanked by the school will have to opt-in with a form provided by the school office, which once signed on will open their children up to a paddling.

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Questions from parents had originally questioned why the school policy did not support a paddling, with Johnson saying: "There had been conversations with parents and there had been requests from parents for us to look into it."

Those conversations appear to have come to a resolution, with spanking brought back, but never in front of other students, The Guardian reported.

Johnson added: "When it becomes necessary to use corporal punishment, it shall be administered so that there can be no chance of bodily injury or harm. Striking a student on the head or face is not permitted."

Just "one or two" swings will be inflicted on younger adults, while three are reserved for older students.

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