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Should schools allow student spanking?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Board of Education members with Shelby County Schools are quickly running out of time to make a decision on the hot button issue of corporal punishment policy.

The board held a work session Tuesday evening and corporal punishment is on the agenda.

Memphis City Schools didn't allow the practice, but Shelby County Schools does. With the two systems merging into a unified district this fall, the school board will have to pick a side.
Interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson in the past week postponed a decision until board members could do more research on the effectiveness of spanking students.

Mississippi Attorney Joe Murray, who represents parents of children where spanking in school went too far, is adamant that all parents should be against spanking in school - even if there is spanking at home.

Murray, who is the founder of the Center For Liberty in Justice and Education (, spoke with FOX13 News on the debate of corporal punishment.

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