When I was a child in school, we all knew to behave or it was off to the principal’s office to get “licks.”

I was never quite sure why THAT word was the substitute for getting paddled, but I digress.

While I’d like to brag about being the perfect child in elementary and middle school, I cannot.

My first grade teacher, Mrs. Martin, overheard me ask another student if I could borrow a red crayon, and, well, that was all it took.

When Mrs. Martin said “no talking,” she emphatically meant “NO TALKING.” Thing is, she did the paddling herself…with her teacher’s edition reading textbook.

Needless to say, if I needed a red crayon in the future…well, I just went with purple.

But there were a couple of other times I WAS sent to the office to wait in terror for my punishment only to have the principal–once in elementary school and once in middle school–determine that my reason for sitting in his waiting room only merited a scolding and not corporal punishment.

It’s a practice that’s long been a thing of the past until recently when a charter school in Georgia began implementing corporal punishment once again.

However, the Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah, Georgia will not implementing “spanking” lightly.

They’ve set it up so that it actually will NOT happen unless parents sign a consent form and THEN only after a student has committed a third violation.

A smaller scale version of a “three strikes law,” in other words.

So, what do you think? Are you in favor of corporal punishment if you feel it is absolutely necessary? Would you prefer schools NOT re-institute such a policy in favor of parents handling such matters at home, in private? Or are you against corporal punishment altogether?

If nothing else, the Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics has created a fascinating debate topic.

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