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RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) - North Carolina's state school board says it opposes using physical pain to enforce discipline, saying corporal punishment does more harm than good.
The State Board of Education on Thursday approved a statement opposing corporal punishment, which is still allowed in a dozen or so of the state's 115 districts. The state board's resolution does not ask the General Assembly to outlaw the practice.
The number of children being paddled in public schools is falling fast.
The state school board says corporal punishment can harm students physically, mentally and emotionally and there are many other ways to maintain discipline.
A report last month found corporal punishment was used about 400 times statewide during the last school year, less than half of the 890 cases reported the previous year.
According to the report released by the NC Department of Instruction, Columbus County ranks third in the state for number of times corporal punishment was used on students. The report lists 36 instances of the punishment during the 2011-2012 school year, despite a 2012 policy change that eliminated the practice of corporal punishment in the Columbus County School System.
In March of 2012, WECT reported that the Columbus County School Board voted to eliminate the practice of paddling students if they broke the rule. At the time school officials said they had discussed getting rid of the policy after seeing reports from previous years showing the school system accounting for 22 percent of all corporal punishment in the state.
The report released by the state does not list the dates the punishments occurred so it is unclear if all 36 instances happened before the policy by the school board in March of 2012.
Bladen County was the only other county in the WECT viewing area that used corporal punishment during the 2011-2012 school year. According to the report, one instance of corporal punishment was used in the district.
Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this report.