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HAMMOND - The public school district here is thinking about returning corporal punishment to the list of possible penalties for unruly students.

In recent years, schools systems quit using paddling as a discipline measure. But Tangipahoa Parish School Board members are taking a hard look at it.

"We had a lot of input from those that are involved in our discipline with the supervisors," board member Sandra Bailey-Simmons said.

The district's policy committee discussed the issue after parents approached board member Gail Pittman-McDaniel because they believed their own kids were getting out of hand, said Bailey-Simmons.

On Tuesday, the committee considered it and asked administrators to do the same. The administration plans to get input from district principals and possibly bring paddling back.

"It might be stronger areas of discipline or it could be corporal punishment," Bailey-Simmons said. "They'll bring it back to the policy committee and then we'll take it to the full board and then we'll vote on it."

If it comes to a vote, Bailey-Simmons won't give her approval to spank because she feels it's too much risk for schools and the parents responsibility.

"To me it's putting too much back on the school system to be responsible for spanking their children."

But district parent and teacher, Kristy Ard, believes spanking should come back because she said she's seen students' behavior get worse since the district did away with it.

"I don't want to be the one to do the corporal punishment but I would like for it to be an option because that would curve some of the behavior," Ard said.


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