TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) – Statistics were recently released that revealed the Columbus County School System ranked second in the state for the use of corporal punishment in the 2010-11 school year.
According to the NC Department of Public Instruction, the form of discipline was utilized 891 across the state, Columbus County accounting for 22 percent of all statewide instances.
Tabor City Elementary School used corporal punishment a total of 72 times, ranking it third in the state for the most uses. According to reports, majority of the instances were for disruptive and aggressive behavior, but one student was punished for a dress code violation.
Superintendent Alan Faulk said he discourages the use of corporal punishment in schools and there have been discussions about changing the policy for some time.
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.
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