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A school district has divided opinions this week by voting to bring back paddling as a punishment for students who misbehave.

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Now, corporal punishment in schools has long been a divisive topic.

Traditionally, teachers and educators across the country were permitted to use physical means of punishment upon their students.

The National Association of School Psychologists defines corporal punishment as:

“The intentional infliction of pain or discomfort and/or the use of physical force upon a student with the intention of causing the student to experience bodily pain to correct or punish the student’s behavior."

This punishment included the use of classroom objects for force, such as rulers...

And, of course, paddles.

Paddling was certainly one of the more popular methods for furious teachers.

The act involved the offending student being spanked with a wooden paddle, which would typically be up to 2 feet long and several inches wide.

However, between 1974 and 1994, twenty-five states would ban the practice...

With them recognizing that it was an ineffective and inappropriate school discipline measure.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has also taken a strong stance against corporal punishment in schools...

With the organization claiming that schools shouldn’t use any physical punishment at all.

Since the mid-1990s, however, only 5 more states have joined those ranks...

Meaning that nineteen states still currently sanction the use of corporal punishment in schools.

Now, this is typically concentrated in southern states...

But, during the 2011-212 school year, it was discovered that over 163,000 schoolchildren were subject to some form of corporal punishment.

And now, another school district has jumped back onto the paddling bandwagon.

It was revealed this week that a school district has voted to bring back the use of paddling as a punishment for unruly students.

Of course, many people have protested this decision...

But, on the other hand, there are plenty of people who are all for the decision.

The decision was made in Texas.

A number of public schools in the state have reintroduced corporal punishment, bringing back paddling.

Under the new policy, teachers can use a wooden paddle to punish disobedient students...

Administering 1 paddling for each misdemeanor. So, at the time of enrollment, parents sign whether they consent to have the punishment used on their child. This needs to be done with written and verbal consent to avoid any complaints in the future.

But, the punishment isn’t designed for kids who forget their homework or those who didn’t use the hallway pass...

It is for students who are purposely doing wrong things, bullying others, or misbehaving in class. What do you think? Is this too harsh of a punishment? Or will it finally restore some order in our classrooms? For more controversial news from the classroom, keep scrolling...