Spare the Rod or Swing the Paddle: How to Punish Students

Anderson is unrepentant and said he wishes that corporal punishment would be reinstated.

"Students will say anything to teachers now," he said. "I was transferred to a middle school where some sixth-grader called me a 'bald-headed motherf-----.'"

Elizabeth Stevens initially allowed her 12-year-old son to be paddled at the Alternative Education Center in North Carolina's McDowell County.

But when he came home with his backside bruised black and blue last December, she withdrew him and home-schooled him.

"If they do say yes, they are giving those people the authority to beat the crap out of their child with no recourse," she told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

McDowell County school officials did not return calls for comment.

Shirley Love, a state senator in West Virginia, attempted to legalize the practice but he could never get the bill out of committee.

"There were various incidents in the state where students had rebelled against teachers and it seemed like there was no discipline," Love said. "But it just didn't catch on [in the legislature]. You can't run your fist through a brick wall."

Love said he believes that it is a generational difference, explaining that lawmakers under the age of 40 were against the practice. He said that being paddled as a boy straightened him out.

"I was scared to death of the principal's paddle because he had one that had three little holes in it, to draw suction and air in it, which made punishment all the worse," he said.

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