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The official policies of local schools are split on the question of allowing corporal punishment of students, but in practice, many school administrators say spanking and paddling are on the decline.
Tennessee law authorizes any teacher or principal in the state to administer corporal punishment, but gives local districts control over when or if to use it. School board-approved policies for four school districts in Northeast Tennessee — Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County — do not allow corporal punishment.
Their schools rely only on detention, suspension and expulsion to correct misconduct.
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