“It’s just one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox that we can use,” Boulineau said.
The superintendent said the response from parents has varied. “I’ve heard, ‘Great, it’s about time, we’re so glad that this is happening again, they should’ve never taken it out of schools.’ All the way to, ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t believe you are doing that,'” he said.
Although paddling is seen as a controversial policy that has not been used widely in schools for years,.
Parents who opt out of the paddling must agree to up to five days of suspension as punishment for their children. GSIC is the only school in the August area that will start paddling students who are misbehaving this year.
Boulineau, as well as other administrators and board members, have not responded to CBS News’ request for comment.