Schools Are Bringing Back Beatings As Punishment For Bad Behaviour


Three schools have agreed to reintroduce ‘beatings’ using a wooden paddle in an attempt to combat bad behaviour.

The schools, which are in the US state of Texas, are bringing back the wooden paddle as punishment for bad behaviour.

Staff at the schools will be able to use the paddle to beat naughty pupils in Three Rivers Schools District, which educates children from the age of four to 18, according to the Independent.


Children will receive ‘one paddling for each misdemeanour’, such as not following school rules or disobeying teachers.

When parents enrol their children, they will be asked whether or not they consent to the use of corporal punishment – and only children whose parents have agreed to it, will receive it.

Campus behaviour co-ordinator, Andrew Amaro said he hopes it will be a ‘more effective deterrent’ for pupils aged four to 12, than simply a detention.

Mr Amaro said he received the paddle as punishment when he was in school and believes it does work.

He said:

It was an immediate response for me. I knew that if I got in trouble with a teacher and I was disrespectful, whatever the infraction was, I knew I was going to get a swat by the principal.

Only behaviour coordinators and the principal at the schools will be able to use the paddle and each school will track the number of paddlings distributed so the board can ‘evaluate the policy’.

Ms Springs, the Three Rivers Independent Schools District Superintendent, said:

We will look at how many discipline referrals were made compared to last year and how many times [corporal punishment] was administered.

If it reduces the number of discipline referrals, then that is a good thing.

Not sure about the whole thing, is it a step back?