No spanking: WNC principals turn in their paddles
(Asheville Citizen-Times) As a rookie teacher, Rick Spurling remembers his principal encouraging him to paddle students to get his classroom under control. Thirty years later, as superintendent of Mitchell County Schools, Spurling says, “I can’t imagine encouraging somebody to paddle a kid.” As attitudes have shifted, more and more North Carolina school systems have banned corporal punishing — a trend that has escalated in the past few years. Fewer than 10 school systems out of 115 in the state used corporal punishment during the 2012-13 school year, and those systems were using it far less than just a few years ago. Nationwide, 19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools, according to the Center for Effective Discipline. In North Carolina, the state lets each school district decide whether to use it. And some WNC school systems still do. Numbers from the state show that Graham County used it 31 times in 2012-13, Macon used it 15 times and Swain County used it nine times.
Read the full report HERE>