The School Board of Marion County Florida voted to strike a paddling provision from the student discipline areas. Marion County Schools which include schools in Ocala will not longer be able to use paddling as a discipline measures for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Many parents and others do not realize that paddling is still a discipline measure used in schools throughout the nation. Fortunately, many school districts like Marion County are taking steps to remove this archaic and cruel use of punishment in the school system. Paddling a child into submission is ineffective. Alternate discipline and behavioral modification techniques should be used. You can read more about this story at Florida School Board Strikes Down Paddling Policy.