The Cassville School District in Southern Missouri is begging for backlash with its latest decision. Described as a ‘last resort’ if other forms of discipline do not work, paddling students is probably going to go over like a lead balloon.
Superintendent Meryl Johnson told KOLR that some parents have asked for an alternative to suspension. Somehow, this is the answer that Johnson and the school came up with.
“The complaints that we have heard from some of our parents is that they don’t want their students suspended,” Johnson said. ‘They want another option.
“This was just another option that we could use before we get to that point of suspension.”
Parents can opt-in (or opt-out) of this program at any point in the school year.
If opted out, the punishment would simply not be used. Of course. If there is an opt-in, Johnson said that the process would be very defined.
“Corporal punishment will be used only when other means of discipline have failed and then only in reasonable form, when the principal approves it,” he said.
The district does not anticipate using this punishment often. Though, if it does, the punishment will will be carried out by administrators. It would also only happen in the presence of additional, certified employees.
At the time of this writing no details of what certifications would be required to attend a paddling.
Parents opposed are naturally being outspoken. Theoretically there is community support or this policy would not have bene enacted.