Marion County’s school board has eliminated corporal punishment of students — just one year after the board reinstated physical discipline.
School board member Ron Crawford said public reaction to last year’s decision was overwhelming, Joe Callahan with the Ocala Star-Banner reports:
The reversal was led by School Board member Ron Crawford, who last year cast the swing vote to re-establish corporal punishment after a three-year absence. On Tuesday, Crawford said he had to listen to his constituents.
Crawford asked that the words “corporal punishment” be removed from the 2014-15 code of student conduct, stating he has received only negative comments from parents after the district reinstated it last April.
“I have never seen such a (negative) response in all the years I have been on the board,” said Crawford, adding that everywhere he goes, he hears: “What were you thinking?”
We took a look at which schools use corporal punishment, and why, in 2012. Don’t miss the story about Holmes County High School students making the paddles used for corporal punishment of classmates.