Although corporal punishment in American schools has declined in recent decades, paddling is still on the books in 19 states despite calls from the U. Education Department to curb punitive discipline, which has been shown to affect minority and disabled students disproportionately. But in corners of the country where it remains deeply woven in culture and tradition, some school administrators say corporal punishment has broad support from parents, that it preserves learning time that would be lost to a suspension, and that they see little need to give up a practice that dates back generations. The U. Several medical and human rights groups have called for an end to a practice criticized as ineffective and potentially harmful.
Last March an Arkansas mother posted that her 17 year old son was spanked by his principal for walking out of class to protest gun violence. Her son, along with two other students, were given the choice of getting struck with a wooden paddle or two days of in-school-suspension, and they all chose the first option. This sparked outrage on social media, given that most people do not know that paddling still exists in USA schools. Students are usually required to bend over a desk or grab their ankles so the principal or teacher can inflict pain on their backsides with a large piece of wood. Students are frequently left sore in addition to sometimes being bruised and marked afterwards. Several public high schools even punish students by spreading their paddlings out over several days. In January , a student also received swats for three consecutive days for being late to school, and she tweeted how she cried on the second day of getting them.
In some US schools, resistance to ending corporal punishment
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A spanking paddle is an implement used to strike a person on the buttocks. The act of spanking a person with a paddle is known as "paddling". A paddling may be for punishment normally of a student at school in the United States , or as an initiation or hazing ritual. A paddle has two parts: a handle and a blade. Most paddles are designed to be held with one hand, but a giant paddle may be designed to be held with two hands.