Thu Sep 18 10:43:02 PDT 2014
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A Look at Corporal Punishment in Dothan City, Houston County Schools
Allison Mechanic

When it comes to discipline every parent has their own opinions on what is best for their child, but what about in the classroom? There are split opinions across the Wiregrass, but in Dothan City School and Houston County School classrooms, corporal punishment is accepted. According to the 2014-2015 student handbook, administrators at both schools are allowed to spank or hit children with their hand or other objects such as a paddle. But there are certain procedures that need to be followed. For example, all students are given an opportunity to explain what happened before the discipline and the punishment cannot be carried out in front of other students. Regardless of the procedures, some Wiregrass residents who experienced corporal punishment say its worth it. "I can only tell you what it did for me, the principal spanked me, he told me to bend over and it hurt but I never got another one for the remaining 12 years of school I never got another one," explained Linda Kinsey. Kinsey's story is one that some parents hope to see if necessary in the future. "If the Principal or teacher sees that my child needs that immediate reinforcement than I expect them to do it," says Shanta Wilkerson, a parent of a 3-year-old. "I don't want them to call me when I'm at work to tell me that my child did so and so well what did you do?" However, not everyone agrees with physical discipline. They don't know the background on every child so they don't know what damage they might do and I think that's the best reason why its not a good idea," says Robert Weimar of Dale County. Other Wiregrass residents want say there are alternate forms of discipline that are just as affective. "I'd rather see sitting quietly at your desk or in time out things like that," states Houston County resident Mary Virgina Mavery. According to the Houston County School's handbook, parents can ask for the school to not physically discipline their children. All they had to do is deliver a hand written note in person to the school by Sept. 1 of each school year.

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