Arkansas school paddles students who walked out, parent says

Three Arkansas students who participated in National Walkout Day to protest gun violence were given two options for punishment: suspension or paddling.

They chose paddling.

A parent tweeted that the students opted for corporal punishment. The district superintendent, Scott Spainhour, told KARK that the students were punished for leaving school and not specifically for protesting.

Spainhour said he can’t disclose which punishment the students chose.

Corporal punishment at the school is allowed per official district policy and requires parent approval, KARK reported.

Arkansas is one of 22 states where paddling is still legal, KARK reported.

My kid and two other students walked out of their rural, very conservative, public school for 17 minutes today. They were given two punishment options. They chose corporal punishment. This generation is not playing around. #walkout

— Jerusalem Greer (@JerusalemGreer) March 14, 2018