Texas school district passes measure to reinstate corporal punishment

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 11:24:39-04

A school district in Texas has approved a measure that reinstates corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure.

According to CBS News, the Three Rivers Independent School District, located 75 miles outside of San Antonio, approved the measure last week.

The district joins 26 other school districts that now allow paddling.

According to KHOU-TV, corporal punishment would only be administered upon parental approval. Paddling would be administered by either a campus behavioral coordinator or the principal.

Students would receive one paddling for breaking a classroom rule.

"We think that corporal punishment should be a family decision, not a school decision," superintendent Sheryl Moore told CBS. "We will provide the parent with all the information necessary regarding the situation so they can decide whether they think that's appropriate. But that's not something the school district wants to be involved in."

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.