- Corporal punishment is still technically a policy in two Washington County school districts — Wolf Creek and Fort Frye. However, these districts were not included in statistics released by the Center for Effective Discipline, Columbus, which named 12 Ohio counties with 13 school districts still paddling school children in the 2006-07 school year in an article that appeared in Monday’s edition of The Marietta Times.
Washington would be the 13th county.
Current Ohio law bans corporal punishment but allows local boards to vote to keep it.
“The first thing I did when I walked in six years ago is put the paddle behind the bookcase,” said Randy Shrider, principal of Waterford High School. “I personally don’t believe that I can change a person’s behavior, in the long run, by hitting him.”
Zack Waite, president of the Fort Frye Local School District, said corporal punishment is still policy in the district, but rarely used.
There were no exact numbers available Monday evening from either school district on actual incidents of paddling in the 2006-07 school year.
- The last sentence in the story in Saturday’s paper about the sentencing of Charles Fath should have read “Before sentencing Fath, who did not make a statement at the hearing, Common Pleas Judge Ed Lane read a long list of his past criminal convictions, including several OVIs, grand theft, breaking and entering, drug trafficking, drug possession, resisting arrest, driving under a suspended license, disorderly conduct by intoxication and assault.”
The Times regrets the errors.