Our View: Ineffective, inconsistent school spanking practice should be banned.

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"Our View: Ineffective, inconsistent school spanking practice should be banned." Fayetteville Observer Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

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This editorial favors banning corporal punishment in North Carolina schools, where each district can decide whether or not to allow use of it. Rationale used in the editorial includes: (1) recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that spanking by used infrequently if at all; (2) policies on its use in North Carolina are "inconsistent and lack formal protocol," (3) spanking was used 297 times in Robeson County in 2005-2006, the second highest number of occurrences in the state; (4) the proposed state bill to ban corporal punishment would still allow personnel to "use force during major upheavals"; (5) some Education Department statistics show that African-American students receive corporal punishment twice as often as students of other races; (6) the majority of states do not allow corporal punishment; and (7) corporal punishment, if used, should be confined to the home.

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