Spare the rod decision delayed by merging schools

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- As the unified school district continues to evolve in Memphis and Shelby County, it must resolve the issue of spanking.

The Memphis City Schools outlawed corporal punishment in 2004, but it's still among options at the Shelby County Schools.

A proposal to forbid it in the countywide school system stalled Tuesday when the school board asked administrators to bring back the latest research on spanking in schools.

The Commercial Appeal reported board member Joe Clayton, who spent 40 years as an administrator and principal likened removing spanking as a disciplinary tool to sending a soldier into combat without a weapon.

Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson removed the item from the agenda until staff members can present the asked-for research at the board work session next Tuesday.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 211273151 -
Gray Television, Inc.