ONSLOW COUNTY - The Onslow County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to repeal corporal punishment as a form of discipline.
This means Onslow County Schools will no longer allow spanking and paddling in classrooms.
North Carolina is one of 19 states that still allow corporal punishment in schools. But Onslow County was the only school district in our area that permitted it.
William Lambeth has a 5-year-old kindergartener. He said if someone is going to punish his child, it will be him.
"My main thing on it is all teachers are not right. I would definitely want to make a well-informed decision on my part and figure out exactly the whole situation. I definitely believe in spanking my child but that's me," said Lambeth.
Denise Vazquez, a parent of four, supports corporal punishment on a case-by-case basis. Vazquez said she thinks having corporal punishment, but not enforcing it, could teach kids to not take rules seriously.
"I believe it's better to at least put your foot down to mean business," said Vazquez.
Officials with Onslow County Schools review their policy from time to time. When they learned that corporal punishment was used twice last year, they brought the rule before the board to see if it should be repealed.
"It's time, it's time," said Onslow County Schools spokeswoman Suzie Ulbrich.
She says she's surprised at the amount of parents who want corporal punishment in schools.
"It was always a last resort and it was never really done without the parent saying they wanted it done," said Ulbrich.
She expects this form of discipline to be repealed in the school district.
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