A Brief History of Spanking
Spanking, also referred to as corporal punishment, is defined on Wikipedia as the "deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offense, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer." It is also used as a deterrent for unacceptable behaviors or attitudes. Spanking often involves the use of an implement, such as a belt or ruler, rather that hitting the offender with a hand.
Current policies in the state do require parental notification, but it is unclear whether the notification must take place before or after the discipline. The policy also lists the infractions for which corporal punishment can be used, including repeat behavior or chronic disruptive acts in the classroom.
Few parenting topics inspire as much debate as the issue of corporal punishment, and this controversy intensifies further when the principle is discussed in the public school setting. With committed opinions and beliefs on both sides of the issue, spanking in public schools is sure to be an ongoing discussion point for many years to come.
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