East Ga. County Dumps School Spanking

APPLING, Ga. (AP) - The Columbia County school board has eliminated a rule allowing corporal punishment in county schools.

School officials say they abandoned spanking and paddling years ago, but the policy remained on the books.

Board chairwoman Regina Buccafusco said during Tuesday's meeting
that spanking should be only a parental responsibility.
Superintendent Charles Nagle said paddling is "walking a fine line
between discipline and abuse."

There were nine instances of paddling recorded last school year in neighboring Richmond County. Randolph Clay High School, in Randolph County, Ga., produced the most paddling incidents in the2007-08 school year with 1,258, according to state records.
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