Georgia school brings back paddling to punish students

(FOX NEWS) - A school in Georgia that takes disciplining their students "very seriously" has reportedly instilled a corporal punishment policy in which parents can consent to having their child hit with a paddle.

The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, in Hephzibah, sent consent forms to students' homes recently requiring parents to opt-in to utilize the "tool" in the school's "disciplinary toolbox," WDRW-TV reported.

Superintendent Jody Boulineau told the news station the school "takes discipline very seriously," and that there was once a period in history "where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn't have the problems that you have."

Parents of students in the kindergarten through 9th grade charter school received a "consent to paddle form" which details the corporal punishment, which would occur on the student's third offense.