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The Decatur Board of Education will consider the corporal punishment issue during their next meeting on May 7. The Decatur Board of Education will consider the corporal punishment issue during their next meeting on May 7.
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville City Schools stopped paddling students this year. Now another local school system is considering a ban on corporal punishment.

A committee led by the Decatur City Schools' safety supervisor is recommending the change because some administrators have said they feel uncomfortable using corporal punishment.

Paddling is not used often in Decatur City Schools. Nine students have been paddled over last three school years. The question administrators are looking at is if corporal punishment needs to be used anymore with other punishments like suspension and detention available to discipline students.

Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said he is not leaning one way or another. The school system is taking input from principals, teachers, and parents before making a decision.

Nichols said the BOE could decide to keep corporal punishment but update the procedural protocol.

"I think that everyone agrees that if we are going to use it in the future that we should have some type of communication with the parents prior to using it. Is that worth the time to try and run somebody down, to figure all that out? And having some supervision by the principal whenever it is used in the schools," Nichols said.

The Decatur Board of Education will consider the corporal punishment issue during their next meeting on May 7. Any changes would be put in the place for the 2013-14 school year.

In addition to Huntsville City Schools' ban on corporal punishment, Madison City Schools has a policy against using physical punishment on students. Athens, Hartselle, Morgan County, and Limestone County all allow paddling with a principal's supervision. Madison County also allows corporal punishment, but gives parents the option to tell schools not to use a paddle on their child.

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