COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released statistics concerning the use of corporal punishment for the 2010-11 school year.
The form of discipline was utilized 891 times in that time span, according to the report. The Columbus County Schools system ranked second in the state, accounting for 22 percent of all state-wide instances.
The district was one of only 17 in the state to use corporal punishment and this was the first school year that all occurrences were required to be reported to the state.
This is superintendent Alan Faulk's first full school year being in charge. He said school officials in Columbus County have been talking about changing the policy for some time now.
Faulk said parent opinion on the subject seems to split down the center, half in favor of the punishment and half against it.
"You do have some parents who wish for their child to receive corporal punishment and you have those that do not wish for their child to receive corporal punishment, so it is a balance," explained Faulk. "I guess the liability is always there and we would just be re-examining our policy in the near future."
At the beginning of the school year, parents were notified that the school system uses corporal punishment as a form of discipline. Only those students whose parents sign off can be subject to the act.
Faulk said he also had a meeting with principals about corporal punishment at the beginning of the year and believes the number of cases will go down this year.
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