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Corporal Punishment

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis said he wants to discourage violence on city properties by declaring them “Hit-Free zones.”

Education Secretary John King is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he says would be considered "criminal assault or battery" against an adult.

Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

The Marion County School Board has voted to reinstate paddling in county elementary schools after a three-year hiatus.

The punishment comes with a few restrictions. From the Ocala Star-Banner:

The board ruled that paddling can be used only if a parent gives a standing written OK once a year. In addition, the principal must obtain verbal permission at the time the punishment is handed down.