Missouri Is Bringing Back Corporal Punishment

A Missouri school district has reinstated corporal punishment. In June the school board approved the policy for corporal punishment by paddling as a last resort. Parents were notified of the approved policy and must sign a waiver for their child to be included. The parents are the ones that actually was looking or more discipline in the school and was one of the main concerns.

Cassville superintendent Merlyn Johnson has shared that parents were saying, " they didn't want their student suspended." They wanted other options. She also stated, Corporal punishment in the school district will only be administered by a principal and in the presence of a witness. the punishment will never happen in the presence of other students.

The US supreme court ruled that corporal punishment in schools was constitutional and left it up to states to decide to enforce it.  There is currently 19 states that have corporal punishment policy.  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming, according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has verified.

We'll see how the school year goes in Cassville.

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