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Florida school board to allow paddling students

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OCALA, Fla. (WTKR) – Three years after banning paddling, the Marion County school board in Florida agreed Tuesday to let elementary school principals resume the practice to punish misbehaving students. That’s according to a report from

The report goes on to say that paddling in Marion County can “only be used in elementary schools, and only if a parent gives a standing written approval once a year. In addition, the principal must receive verbal permission before paddling the child. And a student can be paddled just once a semester.”

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