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Georgia Charter School Asks Parents to Sign ‘Consent to Paddle Form’, Reinstates Corporal Punishment

An old form of school punishment has been reinstated at a Georgia charter school, just in time for the new school year. The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics has reinstated corporal punishment and sent consent forms home to parents asking for permission to paddle their children, according to the local NBC network.

The form notifies parents that the school has adopted a “three strike” policy and that students won’t experience paddling until a student’s third offense. Parents who refuse to sign the consent form will not have their children subject to the new paddling policy.

The new policy will be applicable to all students between kindergarten and ninth grade.

The school reported so far they have received 100 signed forms back, with over a third of them consenting to the paddling.

“In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” said Jody Boulineau, Superintendent of GSIC.

“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 Superintendent said.

It’s just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox that we can use,” she added.

The parental consent form spells out in detail how the paddling policy would be implemented. According to the form, students will be brought into an office with closed doors, and the student will “place their hands on their knees or piece and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle.”

The form goes on to state that the paddle will be made of wood and no more than 24″ in length, 6″ in width and 3/4″ in thickness. An adult must be present while the administrator paddles the child to act as witness. Prior to administering the punishment, the child’s parents will be notified but if they opt out of paddling they have to agree to a five-day suspension for their child.

WRDW reported that paddling is still legal in Georgia and 19 other states but it’s rare for schools to adopt a policy on it. GSIC is the only known school in that area to have a policy of paddling misbehaving students.

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  1. StuffUNeedToKnow September 10, 2018


  2. Robert López September 10, 2018

    Yo corporal punishment went out with the ages we don’t hit or beat our kids at home and we’re going… https://t.co/6F733pH91y

  3. Cat Ewing September 10, 2018

    O yes the redstates, back to 1850

  4. Dellene Garlock September 10, 2018

    Back in the day…. they took the paddle away from our principal when he broke a girl’s butt bone. Real shit.
    If other people need to spank your kid, you’re failing and should be ashamed.

  5. Chari Hayes September 10, 2018

    Fuck No!

  6. Deborah Anderson September 10, 2018

    That’s bullshit

  7. Jeanne Macdonald September 10, 2018

    Hell no.

  8. Ann Corson September 10, 2018

    No, “swatting” at school is not good.

  9. Charles Freedom September 10, 2018

    Red states are so far behind it’s pretty sad…..many of those characters that live there are so uneducated and can’t think for themselves…..that’s why they let someone like trump take over their sad miserable lives…..they know very little of what’s going on in the world that when a lowlife like trump shows up they worship him and treat him like a god…..they will always be broke but for some strange reason they support someone that hates broke people…..pretty sad bunch. ???????

    1. Katrina Tina Herbus Manko September 11, 2018

      Red is being look at not punishing kids has done no respect on drugs ruining this country

  10. Nicolette Griffith September 10, 2018

    Only if I can beat the teacher with it first, if you can dish it out you’d better be able to take it.

  11. Edward Hanna September 10, 2018

    The violence in our culture permeates at every level. When you need to strike a child, you are not teaching, you are acting out your own anger and demonstrating the impatience of dim wit.

  12. Ethan Brunton September 10, 2018

    Somebody would think this is progress. Welcome to Opposite World!

  13. Patti Quigley September 10, 2018

    It’s really dangerous to hand someone the right to hit another person to gain control. It doesn’t matter who you are or who they are.

  14. Elizabeth Brown September 10, 2018

    Hell no.

  15. Shirley Hawkins September 10, 2018


  16. Larry L. Cunningham September 10, 2018

    Extreme Christian child abuse!

  17. Carol Funk September 10, 2018

    No. No one should hit someone else’s child

    1. Greg Funk September 10, 2018

      Uh…didn’t you send me to a parochial school that allowed that?

  18. Stu Brann September 10, 2018

    I thought that by now we all had learned that corporal punishment only teaches that bullying is good.

  19. Kelly Hughes September 10, 2018

    Hell no. NEVER had to raise my hand to my 11 year old daughter. Barely my voice either. I treat her with respect and she understands my expectations. She’s a straight A student, respectful, good manners, cooperates with chores, passionate about ballet, etc. Just be an involved parent.

  20. Rosie Livingston September 11, 2018

    They had these in my grade school, I was threatened by my teacher.

  21. Brenda Williams September 11, 2018

    I don’t mind spanking ,but not with that . And they should call parents in to watch

  22. Lola Madison September 11, 2018

    Nope. You got a problem with my kid you better call me. You hit him or her you got a problem with me…….and I’m not a defenseless child.

  23. Katrina Tina Herbus Manko September 11, 2018

    Yes bring it back

  24. Katrina Tina Herbus Manko September 11, 2018

    This is just why we have spoiled non respectful kids today spare rod spoil the child

  25. Chris Barron September 11, 2018


  26. Ken Spalding September 11, 2018

    …”let us mold your child to fit in to be a normal ‘wageslave’ just like everybody else”…(c’mon, follow us off this cliff!)

  27. Bryon Boswell September 11, 2018

    Any parent signing on to the use of a weapon to foced a child into submission should be beaten with that weapon!

  28. Gwendolyn Armour September 11, 2018

    Nope, becuz you migbt have a racist teacher. Teacher need a phych exam first.

  29. Lynda Pollard-Baker September 11, 2018


  30. Peca Blanco September 11, 2018

    That is child abuse

  31. Betty Major September 17, 2018

    Never give consent to beat our children

  32. Wayne Moon September 17, 2018

    Some one prove that your 123 count BS is working to correct children !!!!

  33. Vicki Helmholz September 17, 2018

    Not with that they won’t. If a parent hit one their kids with that board Child Protective Services would hit that house like a SWAT team.

  34. Peca Blanco September 17, 2018

    That is child abuse!

  35. Phyllis Bernstein September 17, 2018

    The whole world getting crazy

  36. Tom Russ September 17, 2018

    …because parents have failed to raise respectful children?

  37. Marisa Hollins September 17, 2018

    No not likely

  38. Bryon Boswell September 17, 2018

    Assault on a child is morally disgusting.
    Please any parent who signs such a document should be beaten with that weapon they call a paddle.

  39. Jeanne Perry September 17, 2018

    I see a lot of lawsuits coming !!!!!!!!

  40. Anne Corazzi September 17, 2018

    Parents need to take care of their children

  41. Walter Brewer September 17, 2018


  42. Larry L. Cunningham September 17, 2018

    Christian love?

  43. Linda Waterman Bentz September 17, 2018

    Going back to 19th century

  44. Furmer Lattime September 17, 2018

    Only in the South.Im sure no parent wants someone else hitting their child

  45. Jean Clifton Young September 17, 2018

    No never

  46. Shirley Hawkins September 17, 2018

    They don’t have respect for the kids by correct some one kids.that the parents job.

  47. Walls Bett September 17, 2018

    Oh hell no !!! I had a teacher try to paddle me with that paddle I was in the ninth grade and she was racist . Plus those boards can break the skin . I’m against it. Hell no!!! Hell no parents don’t do it please.


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