Full House Votes To Continue Use Of Corporal Punishment In Schools
In a 61-34 vote, the full House rejected a measure to ban the spanking of misbehaving kids in public schools. New Orleans Representative Joe Bouie spoke in favor of the bill. He says 31 states have banned corporal punishment in schools and research shows this form of physical punishment does not work.
"Physical punishments make kids more aggressive, this is what research says. Secondly, spanking alters kids' brains."
Denham Springs Representative Rogers Pope spoke out against the measure. Pope is a retired school superintendent from Livingston and he says paddling is a way to discipline students without sending them home.
"This is the last means or the next to the last means because the last means is going to expulsion, suspension and expulsion and we certainly don't want them out on the streets."