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Mar 27, 2011 11:36 AM by Chris Welty

Hundreds Support School Paddling Policy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 500 students, parents and other
supporters of a Roman Catholic High School are under fire for its use
of corporal punishment marched to the New Orleans Archdiocese
buildings Saturday to ask the archbishop to retract statements he
has made opposing the practice of paddling.
The Times-Picayune newspaper reports that supporters of the
paddling policy, including the high school's president, the Rev.
John Raphael, say the debate is over the right of African-American
parents to discipline their children as they see fit.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond has called on school officials to stop
using corporal punishment. Aymond says corporal punishment
institutionalizes violence, runs counter to both Catholic teaching
and good educational practice, and violates local archdiocesan
school policy.
Aymond said Saturday that he would hold another meeting soon on
the matter.


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