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Corporal punishment regulations set by Kentucky Board of Education; Commissioner calls practice 'barbaric'

Most Kentucky schools no longer allow physical force to be used for discipline.

KENTUCKY, USA — Kentucky education officials discussed a proposal that would add more limits on the use of corporal punishment in schools where it's still allowed.

Under the regulation passed Wednesday, if a district decides to allow corporal punishment, they must get permission from parents at the beginning of the year. It must be done by a principal or assistant principal and a child must receive counseling afterward.

"I'm on record as saying I consider this a barbaric practice. I'm embarrassed that it exists anywhere in the state of Kentucky," KBE Commissioner Jason Glass said.

Corporal punishment in schools usually includes paddling or spanking. The regulation will undergo a legislative review and likely take effect next July.

In Kentucky, 156 districts have policies prohibiting the use of corporal punishment, four districts have permissive policies and 11 don't have a clear policy.

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