Pointe Coupee updates discipline policies
NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board addressed two policies dealing with student discipline Thursday.
The system updated its policy on corporal punishment to ensure parents gave consent before a child is paddled. The new policy says parents must give written consent or an administrator can call a parent when a child misbehaves and ask for verbal consent before a child is spanked.
One former student knows corporal punishment works, saying it kept kids in line at her school.
"People override the rules and they don't really follow them," said Tori Porsche, a former Livonia High student. "If you do the crime you do the time."
Another resident claimed it was a good idea and said parents who don't consent should reconsider.
"I think they should have second thoughts about that and really consider doing it," said Anthony Lewis, a parent whose children went to Pointe Coupee schools, "because it is a good thing to do because that's what we had when we came up in school and we turned out pretty good."
School administrators believe the policy is useful and keeps kids off the streets and in their seats.
"It will keep kids in school in front of their teacher learning rather than at an alternative school where they are not with their regular class, it will keep them in the classroom that's the purpose," said Pointe Coupee Schools Superintendent Linda D'Amico.
Not everybody is on board with the plan, however, and think corporal punishment should be left at home.
"I think that's the parent's responsibility I don't think that's the schools responsibility, I think the schools are supposed to teach the children show them what they're supposed to do get them to where they're supposed to be in life not punishing children by whooping them or beating them," said Brittany Jackson, a concerned parent.
The school board also strengthened their rules against sagging pants. If a student wears his pants too low, after a warning, he will be forced to tighten his pants with plastic zip ties.