Paddling policy being reinstated at Georgia school to punish students

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (CBS) -- A school in Georgia is drawing national attention after it sent consent forms to parents informing them that they are reinstating a "paddling" policy to punish students.

According to CBS affiliate, WRDW, the Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics, a kindergarten-through-9th-grade charter school, is bringing back paddling, that is, spanking a child on the behind with a wooden board, as a form of discipline.

"In this school, we take discipline very seriously," superintendent Jody Boulineau said. "There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn't have the problems that you have."

According to the superintendent, about 100 parents sent back the forms and on-third gave the school permission to punish their child by paddling

Boulineau said that parents can deny permission as well. The form explains the steps the school would take in disciplinary action, starting with taking a child to an office behind closed doors.

"The student will place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle," the form reads in part. It also says that students will be paddled after their third offense.

According to CBS News, parents who opt out of paddling must agree to up to five days of suspension for their child instead.