The Missouri school district allows parents to choose corporal punishment for their children

A school district in Missouri is giving parents the option of letting it apply corporal punishment to their children.

Cassville R-IV School District, in southwest Missouri near the Arkansas border, has told parents that they can opt for physical discipline, according to the Region Policy and parents who spoke to NBC News.

Missouri is one of the 19 countries where corporal punishment is legal.

The policy, adopted June 16, defines corporal punishment as “the use of physical force as a means of correcting student behaviour”.

The policy says: “Corporal punishment, as a measure of correction or to maintain discipline and order in schools, is permitted.”

“However, it should be used only when all other alternative means of discipline have failed, and thereafter only in reasonable form and on the recommendation of the principal. It should never be applied in the presence of other students.”

The policy also states that corporal punishment should only be administered by authorized personnel in the presence of a witness who is a district employee. Corporal punishment should be applied until “there is no chance of physical injury or harm,” according to the policy which adds: “No hitting a student in the head or face is permitted.”

The policy did not expressly state how corporal punishment would be carried out.

No one in the area, including supervisor Merlin Johnson, was reached for comment Thursday.

Johnson said “TODAY” show on NBC Via email that department policies “can be found online” and that the district has “provided interviews with several media outlets.” “At this time, we will focus on educating our students,” he added.

Springfield News Leader It reported that the district abandoned corporal punishment in 2001. But Johnson told the newspaper that some parents were wondering if the district could “blasphemy” their children.

Parents said, ‘Why can’t you row on my pupil? “We can’t blaspheme your students, our policy doesn’t support that,” Johnson told the newspaper. “There was a conversation with parents and there were requests from parents for us to look into it.”

Johnson said Springfield’s NBC affiliate KYTV That a survey sent to parents, students and staff in May eventually led to the new policy.

“One of the suggestions that came up was concerns about student discipline,” Johnson told KYTV. “So we reacted by implementing several different strategies, and corporal punishment is one of them.”

Parents in the area had different opinions about a return to corporal punishment.

Kimberly Richardson has three children in the Cassville school system from second through fifth grade.

Richardson said the lessons began on Tuesday and she “has chosen.”

“I will not allow it. I will not allow others to hit my children,” she said.

Richardson said the region appears to be holding back with politics. She said she was also concerned that a child might be injured if corporal punishment went “too far.” But she acknowledged that it was up to each parent to decide what was best for their family.

He “picked” Dylan Burns, who has a preschooler and a fifth grader in the area, and doesn’t think it’s a big deal. He said his children told him they wouldn’t get in bad enough trouble to justify beatings.

Burns also said that other nearby school districts have been subject to corporal punishment dating back decades.

“They are the only school in this area that has not done this before,” he said. “The great thing about this is that we all have a choice. If you want to do it, that’s okay. If you don’t want to do it, that’s okay too.”

Helen Kwong And the Chantal da Silva Contributed.

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