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myfox8.com (Fox 8 News ) (WGHP-TV), Gressboro / High Point / Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 6 October 2010
Thomasville Approves Changes to Spanking Policy
Parents must consent to spanking
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) -- The Thomasville Board of Education
on Tuesday night approved revisions to the system's disciplinary
policy that included guidelines that will allow parents to
determine whether their child can be spanked, according to the
High Point Enterprise.
Changes to the system's policy for management of student behavior
were introduced during the board's monthly meeting last month,
according to the paper. Parents will also have the option to be
present when the spanking is administered.
A new state law will go into effect next year that forces school
systems to get permission before they administer spanking on a
Associate Superintendent James Carmichael told the paper said
school officials decided to make additional changes in the policy
based on concerns expressed during the last month.
According to the paper, no other students will be allowed to be
present when spanking occurs.
Melissa Davis, a parent, strongly believes the decision should be
left to the parent.
"I think the parents should be the ones to discipline
them," said Davis. "I think they should call the
parents and have them be the ones to discipline their kids. I
don't really think, you know, spanking should be in the
Thomasville Schools Superintendent Keith Tobin said principals
only used corporal punishment twice last school year, and that's
it's just another resource for principals to use with unruly
Randolph County schools are also considering eliminating corporal
punishment. No principal has used corporal punishment against a
student in the last 2 years, but only 3 of 31 principals want to
keep spanking as an option.
Guilford, Winston-Salem-Forsyth, and Alamance counties do not use
corporal punishment. Davidson County schools does allow the use
of corporal punishment but they are considering a proposal to
make changes to the policy.
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Follow-up: 22 June 2011 - Corporal Punishment Option Upheld in Randolph Co. Schools
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Amite-Tangi Digest, Amite, Louisiana, 7 October 2010
School Board officially does away with corporal punishment
By Alissa Cannon
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The Policy Committee of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board
heard a recommendation from Assistant Superintendent Lionel
Jackson to completely do away with corporal punishment within the
parish at their Tuesday, October 5 meeting.
Assistant Superintendent Jackson brought before the committee a
complete change of policy regarding the corporal punishment of
students. Tangipahoa Parish, Jackson said, was one of the few
districts left in the state who still allowed paddling, spanking,
or other physical discipline of students, though it has been
After a poll of school administrators, Jackson found that an
overwhelming amount of those administrators would rather not have
a policy allowing corporal punishment.
With this new information, Jackson requested the policy be
changed to remove all guidelines for the physical punishment and
instead read, "The Tangipahoa Parish School board shall
prohibit the use of corporal punishment by all of its employees.
Students shall not be paddled, spanked or otherwise physically
discipline for infractions of student conduct regulations.
Furthermore, no other person (including parents or guardians)
shall be allowed to administer corporal punishment to a student
while on school grounds."
However, even with the removal of the corporal punishment
guidelines, the policy still allows for an employee of the school
to use "physical force, reasonable and appropriate under the
circumstances, in defending himself/herself against a physical
attack by a student or to restrain a student from attacking
another student or employee, to prevent acts of misconduct which
are so anti-social or disruptive in nature as to shock the
conscience, or to protect school property."
The committee also heard another policy change request from
Jackson regarding suspension and expulsion. Both Jackson and
Superintendent Kolwe agreed that past policies regarding student
code of conduct had been adjusted to encourage reduced suspension
and expulsion rates. However, they said, things need to change.
Jackson informed the policy committee that one school in the
district has already disciplined students involved in 22 physical
altercations. Therefore, a change was requested to the
Administrator's Assertive Discipline Ladder to allow the
administrator's more leeway when it comes to suspension and
The ladder, based on steps of severity, adds the
"power" to suspend or expel for behavior offenses. The
administrators will now be able to serve more severe punishments,
such as more suspensions and expulsions at their discretion after
proper investigations of the behavior offenses. Kolwe and Jackson
both stated that the discipline power had been lax, but now it
was time to "tighten up" on behavior issues.
These changes were approved by the Policy Committee and then
brought before the full Board at the regular meeting, where the
report was approved.
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Daily Comet, Thibodaux, Louisiana, 7 October 2010
In other Lafourche School Board action
The following is a rundown of action taken Wednesday by the
Lafourche School Board. All board members attended, and all
decisions were unanimous.
Action: Approved changes to the following policies: Minutes of
Board Meetings, to comply with new state law lengthening the time
allowed for the board to submit its official minutes, or written
records of board meetings; Interscholastic Athletics, to comply
with new state laws allowing home-schooled students to
participate in public high-school athletics and to add other
clarifications; Compulsory School Attendance Ages, to comply with
new state laws and to reword the policy; School Admission, to
comply with new state law; Student Transfer and Withdrawal, to
comply with new state laws allowing students to withdraw only if
age 17 or 18 with parental consent and after an interview with
school officials; Student Dress Code, to comply with new state
laws that school officials must notify parents at least 60 days
before changing the school uniform policy; and Corporal
Punishment, to eliminate corporal punishment as a permitted
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The Dispatch, Lexington, North Carolina, 11 October 2010
School systems review corporal punishment policy
By Deneesha Edwards
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Two school boards revised a disciplinary policy this week
regarding corporal punishment.
The Davidson County and Thomasville City school systems
upgraded their "School Plan for Management of Student
Behavior" to bring it into compliance with N.C. House Bill
1682, which legislators recently passed and will be effective
this school year.
Lexington City Schools prohibits corporal punishment for all
students, with the policy stating other consequences are more
appropriate and effective for teaching self-control.
The revision for the county and Thomasville touches on
administering corporal punishment to students who are classified
as having a disability. It states the punishment may not be given
to disabled students whose parents or guardians have not given
permission. Parents are given a permission form at the start of
the school year.
"There have to be very special precautions before any
kind of corporal punishment is to be administered," said Dr.
Fred Mock, superintendent of Davidson County Schools. "We
took a look at the entire corporal punishment policy. We do not
Thomasville City Schools went a step above the state policy
and added a section in which corporal punishment will only take
place if a parent signs a statement giving permission to the
administrator and the parent or guardian has to be present.
"We have had this policy in place for years," said
Keith Tobin, superintendent of Thomasville City Schools.
"The state did some upgrades around students with
disabilities. We had some discussion and wanted to address some
concerns. We took it a step further with our system."
The policy also states the punishment cannot take place in a
classroom when other students are present. Tobin said the
revisions give parents another option for disciplinary action if
Before the revision, Tobin said administrators could
administer corporal punishment in front of another administrator
as a witness, as long as it was not in the classroom. He made
reference to many schools he knew that had similar policies that
had to have forms signed by parents to administer corporal
punishment. Now parents will have to be the witness if they sign
"We put it in the parent's hands," he said.
"They have to give us permission and witness it."
The county schools policy is similar, with an administrator
being defined as a teacher, principal or assistant principal.
Corporal punishment will only take place in the presence of a
second school official who must be informed beforehand the reason
for the punishment, according to the policy.
"I think this law will require all school boards in North
Carolina to look at their policies," Mock said. "School
board attorneys will be advising as it relates to current
The policy is already effective for Thomasville. Davidson
County Schools will let the policy stand for 30 days and vote on
it at the November meeting.
Tobin said last year there were only two incidents of corporal
punishment. He doesn't think it will happen a lot this year.
"It's really up to the parents, if we're having problems
with their child," he said. "I think it's a good
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The Randolph Leader, Roanoke, Alabama, 20 October 2010
Roanoke school board talks technology, discipline stats
By Penny L. Pool
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Principals presented their annual discipline
reports, David Crouse made recommendations on teacher computers,
and at Superintendent Chuck Marcum's recommendation, the contract
with Interquest Detection Canines was renewed.
Teachers' laptops are wearing out, and repair
costs are reaching $26,000, David Crouse, director of federal
programs and professional services told Roanoke City School
Board, but he said that is a good thing because it means the
teachers are using them a great deal.
The board heard the annual discipline reports.
Due to the round robin of administration changes the principals
joked about their reports actually belonging to the former
principals. Some students were referred to the office multiple
Greg Foster is now principal at Handley High School after moving
from Handley Middle School, while Linda Crim, who was assistant
principal at HHS is now principal at HMS. Kim Hendon continues as
principal at Knight-Enloe Elementary. Former HHS principal Jim
Hendon said the total number of students referred to the office
were 35 for 69 referrals. Some students receive multiple
referrals. Her little girls act better than her little boys,
Hendon said breaking it down by race and gender. Of 20 blacks
referred to the office, 16 were male and four were female, while
15 whites were referred to the office, and 11 were males and four
were females. Where during the 2008-2009 school year, five
received corporal punishment, in the 2009-2010 school year that
had increased to 26.
"One thing that we did notice is we're doing more paddling
than we are suspending," she said. They call the parents,
and if they want their child paddled instead of a timeout or sent
home, that is what they do, she said.
A low percentage of students are referred or sent home, and
counselor Brent Meadows is a rock star, she said of his work,
adding the children love him.
They have several positive programs for the children, such as if
a child is caught doing something good, his name is put in a pot
and may be drawn for special recognition. The name of the winner
is announced over the intercom and he gets special treats.
Crim said out of 610 students at HMS, only 122
or 20 percent of all students were referred to the office.
However, number of referrals was 184.
Breaking down the 122, that is 34 percent white, 64 percent black
and 2 percent Hispanic. There were 52 black boys and 26 black
girls; 36 white boys and five white girls and three Hispanic
boys. Total number of suspensions was seven black and eight
white. Of the 95 students referred to In-School Suspension, 63
were black; 29 were white and three were Hispanic. Twelve
children received corporal punishment.
Crim said HMS had experienced a significant decrease in the
number of referrals, and the school's open door policy continues
to keep discipline at a minimum. Assistant principal Robbie
Benefield sponsors Youth for a Positive Change, which is active
in mentoring and tutoring students, and positive incentives are
offered every six weeks offering encouragement for students to do
On the negative side, there are still a disproportionate number
of minority male students getting into trouble. Fifty-two
minority male students were referred to the office, she said.
They will continue efforts to reach minority males before they
have a problem and will continue programs to reach students
before they make a bad decision. They will continue the mentoring
program sponsored by Joe Ammons that has been successful the past
couple of years and will encourage new students to enroll in the
program, she said. Interestingly, the only grade with more black
females referred than boys was the seventh grade with six boys
and 10 girls. There were 144 infractions, sending 144 students to
Foster said the total number of office referrals at HHS was 153
and a total of 85 students were referred to the office. Of those
31 were black boys; 14 were black girls; 23 were white boys and
15 were white girls and two were Hispanic boys.
He said it is important to build a relationship with a student.
Ammons' mentoring program with its volunteer mentors is
outstanding, he said. He is excited about the counseling services
such as Rainbow Family Services, he said.
Of the 435 students at HHS, only 20 percent received a referral
to the office. Of those 45 students, 53 percent were black
followed by 38 white students or 45 percent and two or 2 percent
There were 21 students externally suspended and only one student,
a white boy, was expelled. ISS referrals reached a high of 120 in
2005-2006, dropping the next three years to a low of 77, trending
upward to 85 in 2009-2010.
Marcum said Foster is doing a great job and providing a great
At school board member Tim Hall's suggestion, the board stood up
and clapped in respect for the principals' work with board member
Penny Bradshaw expressing appreciation to them.
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