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Parents sound off after school board delays vote on corporal punishment

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Andrianne Brooks and Charlotte Wiseman watched the corporal punishment debate. Andrianne Brooks and Charlotte Wiseman watched the corporal punishment debate.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Parents are sounding off after the Shelby County School Board delayed the vote to ban corporal punishment in schools.

Currently, Shelby County Schools allows corporal punishment. Memphis City Schools does not.

The school board had a hard time choosing a side at Tuesday night's special meeting called to approve policies before the fast approaching school year begins.

The board approved the Student Code of Conduct, minus the corporal punishment component.

"You want your children to be respectful, but you don't want somebody else going too far," said Andrianne Brooks who is against corporal punishment.

Brooks and Charlotte Wiseman watched the corporal punishment debate.

"I have mixed emotions," said Wiseman. "Another person doesn't know the boundaries I have with my child."

Brooks said parents should start the home training at home.

"By the time kids get to school, it's not a big issue," said Brooks.

The board decided to postpone the vote for corporal punishment to allow room for research. Members want to know how effective other methods could be besides corporal punishment.

If the school board adopts Memphis City Schools' corporal punishment model then physical punishment will no longer be allowed in Shelby County Schools.

"I think they made the right decision," said Wiseman. "I want her to be disciplined to the point where I don't want her to be able to get away with anything, but in the same sense, I don't want anyone to lay a hand on her."

Parents have advice for the board.

"Be firm with it, stick with it and I guess everybody's going to have to get used to it whatever they decide," said Brooks. "It's something they're going to have to get together very quickly because school will be starting in less than two months."

Memphis and Shelby County Schools officially merge July 1. The vote must happen before then.

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