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Parents say Rosenwald paddling out of control

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Posted: Sep 13, 2010 10:31 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Sep 13, 2010 10:39 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Rosenwald Elementary School, Point Coupee Parish, school, district, paddling

Parents told News 2 the paddling at Rosenwald Elementary School is out of control.

Corporal punishment is allowed with a parent's consent, but some parents said the paddling has taken a physical and mental toll on their kids.

One child’s mother said she didn't have to wait for her son to tell her why he needed a bandage and sling. She said she watched a Rosenwald resource officer struggle with her sixth grader. The mother, who asked not to be identified, said she just happened to be at the school for a different reason when the principal ordered her child into his office to paddle him for the second time in a week. However, she said she had already witnessed the first paddling just days earlier and had taken back her consent.

After stopping the struggle, the mom pulled the child out of the school, into a doctor’s office and even filed a statement with police. She said she's not the only one having problems with the paddling policy. On Monday night, she joined other mothers and took her complaints to the Pointe Coupee superintendent's office.

It looks like the parents may have had a victory. News 2 was informed once the meeting ended, corporal punishment was halted at Rosenwald Elementary. The school board will discuss banning the practice district wide at the next school board meeting.

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