A school district in Texas approved a measure that would allow paddling as a form of punishment starting in the upcoming academic year.
Three Rivers Independent School District in South Texas passed the new system Tuesday. It allows "campus behavior coordinators and/or the principal" to administer corporal punishment with a witness present, according to the text of the policy. The witness must be of the opposite sex of the student.
Parents who are enrolling their children have the right to exempt their children from paddling. Those registering students for the upcoming school year can opt out by signing a document attached to the school's registration packet. They may also submit a signed written letter addressing the principal.
According to the Texas Education Code, corporal punishment is defined as the "deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline."