Paddling abolished in Florida county's schools

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Santa Rosa County School Board on Thursday night voted 5-0 to remove corporal punishment from the Student Code of Conduct in order to protect school employees from being accused of child abuse, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said.

Last school year, three employees were accused by parents of mistreating students after administering corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure, Wyrosdick said. In one instance, a parent was in the room when corporal punishment was given to the student.

"Last year, a school called a parent and wanted to know if corporal punishment would be appropriate," Wyrosdick said. "The parents came to the school, and corporal punishment was administered with the parent present. The next day, the Department of Children and Families showed up at the school."

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