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Report: Georgia school is bringing back corporal punishment

September 11, 2018 - 9:30 am
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HEPHZIBAH, GA (1010 WINS) -- A school in Georgia is bringing back paddling as a form of discipline.

The superintendent of the Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics, said consent forms have been given to parents informing them of the new policy, according to a report by CBS affiliate WRDW-TV.

He said there was a time when corporal punishment was the norm, and we didn't have the problems then that we have now.

"In this school, we take discipline very seriously," Superintendent Jody Boulineau said. "There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn't have the problems that you have."

The form -- which was not independently verified by CBS News -- explained that students will be taken behind closed doors, place their hands 'on their knees or piece of furniture,' and be paddled on the buttocks. Paddling will occur after a third offense, and no more than three 'licks' should be given, per the form.

He said about 100 parents sent the forms back with about a third giving the school consent to paddle their child.