Schools in Temple, Texas ended corporal punishment, but paddling is back at parents’ request, reports the Washington Post.
Without paddling, “there were no consequences for kids,” said Steve Wright, who runs a construction business and is Temple’s school board president.
Since paddling was brought back to the city’s 14 schools by a unanimous board vote in May, behavior at Temple’s single high school has changed dramatically, Wright said, even though only one student in the school system has been paddled.
Twenty states still allow corporal punishment, but Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), plans to introduce a bill to ban it. “When you look that the federal government has outlawed physical punishment in prisons, I think the time has come that we should do it in schools,” she said.