A charter school in Georgia is bringing back an old-fashioned form of discipline, and that has many parents up in arms.
“In this school we take discipline very seriously.”
GSIC is going old school, with a new policy for this year.
“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 K through 9 charter school is bringing back paddling students as a form of discipline.
“It’s just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox.”
Parents got a “consent to paddle form” asking them if they’re okay with administrators hitting their child with a wooden paddle.
“There’s no obligation. It’s not required, so a parent can either give consent for us to use that as a disciplinary measure, or they can deny consent.”
The form spells it out. The student will be taken to an office behind closed doors.
The student will place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle.
The form says no more than three licks shall be given.
Superintendent Boulineau says the parent response has been across the board.
“Great! It’s about time. We’re so glad that this is happening again. They should never have taken it out of school. All the way to oh my goodness, I can’t believe you’re doing that.
A controversial policy that hasn’t been around for years.
If parents opt out of paddling, they have to agree to up to five days of suspension.
“Honestly we feel that it’s something that’s not going to be used very often. Sometimes it’s just kind of the threat of it being there becomes a deterrent in itself.”
Less than a third of parents who have responded have reportedly given consent for their kids to be paddled.
The school says it will use a “three strike” policy, meaning the paddling doesn’t happen until the third offense.