School reportedly paddles students for participating in nationwide walkout

When three teens at a rural Arkansas high school participated in Wednesday’s nationwide student walkout, officials determined that they violated district guidelines against such behavior.

Given a choice between corporal punishment and suspension for their participation in the demonstration against school violence, the mother of one student said all three chose the former.

Wylie Greer confirmed the trio opted for two swats with a paddle instead of two days of in-school suspension.

“All three of us chose the paddling, with the support of our parents,” Greer said.

Greenbrier Schools Superintendent Scott Spainhour confirmed corporal punishment is an alternative in accordance with parental permission, but he declined to confirm such punishment was used against the three students who participated in the walkout.

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