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Oklahoma among 19 states that still allow paddling in public schools, but most districts don't

By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World Modified: July 14, 2014 at 8:22 am •  Published: July 14, 2014

If you thought paddling kids at school was a long-gone tradition, think again.

Oklahoma is one of 19 states in the country that still allows corporal punishment in schools. The state ranked sixth highest for the number of paddlings in 2009-10, behind Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education data. Louisiana ranks just behind Oklahoma .

The latest national data shows there were around 200,000 instances of paddling in U.S. schools during the 2009-10 year, the most recent year with available figures.

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