Paddling still common outside metro Atlanta

 

ATLANTA — Corporal punishment is still going strong in some rural Georgia schools, where educators paddled students more than 16,000 times last year.

No traditional public school in Atlanta and nine nearby school districts has paddled a child since at least 2007, but corporal punishment is used in more than half of the state’s 180 school districts, according to discipline data analyzed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Corporal punishment makes up only a fraction of other disciplinary measures used.

Numbers obtained from the Georgia Department of Education show that 97 school districts last year adhered to the axiom about sparing the rod and spoiling the child.

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