North Carolina school board cuts corporal punishment rule

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A brief, unanimous vote vacated the legal discipline of spanking in Onslow County schools Tuesday night.

“We feel there are more appropriate measures of discipline and if a parent is the one who insists on that then they need to be the one to administer that — not us,” said Onslow County Board of Education Chairwoman Pam Thomas after the meeting at Blue Creek Elementary School. “In the past when we’ve used it, it’s been at the request of a parent so we feel like that is an archaic, outdated method of discipline.”

At the meeting, the board vacated the policy and changed its reference in the School Plan for Management Behavior. Both decisions were unanimous.

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