Bill aims to ban paddling in Texas schools

POSTED: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 5:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- While spanking or paddling in schools was banned in many states years ago, Texas still allows corporal punishment, and most districts in Central Texas still use that form of discipline. Now, Houston State Rep. Alma Allen, has introduced a bill to ban it completely.

Corporal punishment is most commonly used in schools in the form of paddling.

Kellie Herring's children go to Valley Mills ISD. She received a letter from the school asking her permission to paddle  if needed.

"I think that there are situations where paddling can be warranted or be of good use of punishment. I do think the parent should have knowledge of it," says Herring.

Several districts here in Central Texas have the option to use corporal punishment. Almost every handbook we reviewed has corporal punishment as an option.

The schools declined to comment on how it's used or if it seems to work. However, they did say it's used only in extreme cases.

Herring's daughter has seen it happen at school.

"She got the paddle and she spanked her like three times. It was really hard, and you could hear her crying," Herring's daughter says.

While this student's mom says paddling is okay in certain situations, a Robinson ISD mom, Candice O'Brian,  says physical discipline should be taken care of at home.

"I would take care of a disciplinary problem that was severe enough for her to need to be paddled in school. I would take care of that at home," says O'Brian.

Some lawmakers want to change the law completely with House Bill 916. If it's passed, it will take away corporal punishment in every Texas school.



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