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Texas school district votes to allow paddling as a form of discipline

A Texas school board voted Tuesday to approve paddling as a form of discipline. It's not a foreign concept for Hoosiers, though, as more than a dozen districts here already allow it.

THREE RIVERS, Texas (WTHR) - A Texas school board voted Tuesday to approve paddling as a form of discipline. It's not a foreign concept for Hoosiers, though, as more than a dozen districts here already allow it.

The Three Rivers Independent School District, roughly halfway between Corpus Christi and San Antonio, will allow corporal punishment starting in the upcoming school year, according to local TV station KXII, but only if a parent approves. Students would receive one paddling for minor incidents like not following classroom rules.

Indiana state law allows corporal punishment, though most districts have locally decided to use other forms of discipline. In fact, the law lets school staff “take any disciplinary action necessary to promote student conduct” in the same manner a parent may.

An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data performed by Indiana Public Media found 30 schools across 17 public school districts recorded a total of 239 instances of corporal punishment in the 2013-14 school year, which is the most recent data available.