Muscogee schools may ban corporal punishment

6:42 AM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Muscogee County school board is scheduled to vote April 22 on whether to ban corporal punishment.

Interim Superintendent John Phillips has recommended a ban. The scheduled vote comes after Tekicia Yancie complained to school officials that her 11-year-old daughter was badly bruised by three licks she received after being accused of bullying.

A spokeswoman for the school system says an assistant principal followed policy and didn't use excessive force during the paddling Feb. 22.

Yancie has not sued over the punishment. But school board Chairman Rob Varner said a ban will take away the possibility of getting sued in the future. He also said times have changed and there are other ways of getting a student's attention.

(Associated Press)

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