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Paddling could return to the classroom for some Mid-South schools

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The school board on first reading approved paddling in the Arlington schools. The school board on first reading approved paddling in the Arlington schools.
Under the guidelines only school administrators can carry out corporal punishment. Under the guidelines only school administrators can carry out corporal punishment.

(WMC-TV) - Some Arlington School Board members think paddling should be an option in the new school district despite the Shelby County School District recently voting no to corporal punishment in the unified schools.

The school board on first reading approved paddling in the Arlington schools. Arlington School board member Kevin Yates says paddling is just one option.

"We're not mandating that administrators at these schools use corporal punishment. It's still going to be at their discretion. It just provides an option and some guidelines," he said.

Under the guidelines only school administrators can carry out corporal punishment. It will not be used on first offenses and parents can say no, but the community still has mixed opinions.

"I believe it's fine. I know other parents don't appreciate that. I think if you don't discipline your children then they can really get out of hand," said parent Lisa Cook.

Arlington student Kayla Heinz, 16, wonders what lesson corporal punishment teaches.

"We're trying to teach our children to be nice to everybody and having violence going 'towards' that lesson isn't going to help," she said.

The Arlington Schools superintendent Tammy Mason said she is not in favor of corporal punishment and says the Arlington principals will not paddle.

The issue will come up again for its final reading in next month's Arlington School board meeting.

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