The Columbus-based Center for Effective Discipline found that 202 students were paddled a total of 321 times, a drop from the 270 students and 453 paddlings reported for 2005-06. The number of districts using corporal punishment also fell, from 17 to 13. Canton had the highest number of children paddled: 42.So that’s good news for foes of corporal punishment, 202 sore asses aside. And we do hope the figures don’t mean that 201 kids received one slap, while a lone student had to withstand 120 ass wallops. It’s actually, technically, been 14 years since Ohio officially banned the act -- about two centuries after Poland did; damn those Europeans are soft -- but a clause that allows local school boards to permit ass-swatting remains. So if you’re a parent in the Canton area, you can only bitch to your friends when little Gregory comes home with bloody cheeks. -- Bradley Cambell
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