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Kids are still getting Smacked with a Paddle in Kentucky Schools

Corporal punishment is still in Kentucky.  Who knew?

I’d heard horror stories of nuns slapping older relatives with rulers, but I thought any type of official corporal punishment was long gone from public schools.  That’s not the case whatsoever.

Kentucky is one of 19 states that still institutes corporal punishment in public schools.  Bell County had the most incidents last year with 148, 64 more than second-place Clinton County.  These numbers lead me to believe an “I appreciate the call” from a young Matt Jones led to a few of those back in the day.

In the Herald-Leader story, they explain paddling as an alternative requested by parents, using the paddle instead of suspension.  Troubled students receive one to three whacks on their backside depending on the severity of their actions.  Greg Wilson, principal of the Bell Central School in Pineville, said, “We don’t do it for running in the hallway or not having a pencil.”

The story does not state whether, “No More Mr. Nice Guy” plays during the punishment.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Kids are still getting Smacked with a Paddle in Kentucky Schools

  1. runningunnin.454
    10:37 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    I was on the receiving end plenty in Jr High, mostly in gym. Our coach was 6’4″, 225 lb., and he didn’t pull his punches. It was always three whacks, and, well……….ouch.

  2. Dee
    7:31 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    This is a Good thing!!! More Counties should Paddle (for appropriate actions, with Parents/Guardians consent)

  3. Sticky Ceiling
    7:56 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    We always had the choice of 3 licks or 3 days suspension. Got my @$$ busted several times at Hazard, and they still do it today.

  4. Johndroid
    9:37 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Reminds me of the time in shop class we made a paddle that was ridiculous in size. 3 foot handle with gratuitous amounts of grip tape, the blade was aninch and 3/4 thick, 4 for long, foot and a half wide and had 2 inch holes throughout.

    We called it the board of education