In Florida, some Florida counties still permit corporal punishment in the school system as a form of discipline and punishment. It is interesting that a parent who paddles a child at home could get arrested yet a school system (the government) may be able to institute this barbaric and truly outdated form of punishment and get away with it. There was a recent story published in the Gainesville Sun newspaper and website about a 5 Year old boy who was paddled in Levy County, Florida. Unfortunately, paddling is still permitted by law in 27 Florida counties.
The reason that the 5 year old was paddled according to the story posted at the Gainesville Sun website was that the boy was rough housing or misbehaving with a friend. Florida schools are in place to teach and mentor our children. It is really disturbing that corporal punishment / paddling is still allowed in so many Florida school districts. The permissive use of corporal punishment puts Florida and its school system in a bad light and shows the need for reform. Florida schools should move away from archaic and ineffective forms of punishment and abuse of children. See Woman Protests Paddling of Her 5 Year Old Son in Levy County.