The use of the paddle to teach discipline and curb insolence at schools in the New Orleans area has faded from the front page and the top of newscasts now that St. Augustine High School discontinued the practice, but only after a protracted battle with the New Orleans Archdiocese.
But in other states, the paddle lives on in education.
An expert from the story:
"That's just fine for parents like Bud Glover of Bonifay, a small town 15 miles from the Alabama border. It's a place where tradition is valued — and paddling is considered tradition.
"'I got my butt beat and I know what's right and wrong,' he says. 'And my children are going to know what's right and wrong.'
"Glover's feelings are shared by many parents in this part of Florida. 'I think the problem with society is we quit paddling,' he says."
The story also includes a parent who is suing the school district because her child was paddled without her consent.