To Spank Or Not To Spank

Dr. Karen Raney is the head of secondary education at TISD. Right now, parents in her district, and in many others around the state, have the option of choosing corporal punishment as a means of discipline. Dr. Raney says, in Tyler, it's not commonly used.

"We have some parents that come to us and say, 'Just paddle my child,' but we don't really want to do that. We want to try a lot of other options," says Raney.

If passed, the proposed bill would make Texas the 30th state in the nation to ban corporal punishment in schools, and one of the first states in the south.

It was introduced by a Houston democrat and has not yet been debated on the house floor.

Tyler Representative Leo Berman says he would oppose the ban if it ever comes to a vote.

"I don't think the state should be telling every school district in Texas how they should handle disciplinary problems. It should be a district by district effort," says Berman.

Parents like Kris Trampus agree.

"I think the way the system is, is that they have to have parental permission for it. So, I think the current system is adequate," says Trampus.

There are those who think the practice of spanking is outdated and no longer has a place in schools.

Debra Samples, a supporter of the ban says, "Some teachers might not do it the right way, and they could do more harm than good."

Either way, it's something all parents have a definite opinion on.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: