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.

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