Paddling increases in NC schools; 90 percent in 2 districts

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Corporal punishment in North Carolina public schools jumped after years of declines even as fewer school districts allow paddling.

An annual report released Thursday says there were 147 uses of corporal punishment statewide during the 2014-15 school year, up 20 percent over the previous year. That's despite around 100 of the state's 115 school districts forbidding paddling. Corporal punishment was used 890 times statewide four years ago.

Sixty percent of the paddling took place in Robeson County schools, while another 32 percent of cases were in Graham County near the Cherokee Indian reservation.

More than half of the students physically disciplined by school officials were American Indian. Native American children make up about 1 percent of the state's 1.4 million public school students.

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