EVERMAN,Tex. ? Anthony Price does not mince words when talking about corporal punishment ? which he refers to as taking pops ? a practice he recently reinstated at the suburban Fort Worth middle school where he is principal.
?I?m a big fan,? Mr. Price said. ?I know it can be abused. But if used properly, along with other punishments, a few pops can help turn a school around. It?s had a huge effect here.?
Tina Morgan, who works on a highway crew in rural North Carolina, gave permission for her son to be paddled in his North Carolina middle school. But she said she was unprepared for Travis, now 12, to come home with a backside that was a florid kaleidoscope of plums and lemons and blood oranges.
?This boy might need a blistering now and then, with his knucklehead,? Ms. Morgan said, swatting at him playfully, but she added that she never wanted him to be beaten like that. ?I?ve decided, we?ve got to get corporal punishment out of the schools.?(—)