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Santa Rosa Co. schools end corporal punishment

The Santa Rosa County School district is getting rid of corporal punishment has been in the books for years.

It was earlier this year when the school district decided to phase out corporal punishment after a local group called "Floridians Against Corporal Punishment" added pressure to this long-time policy.

According to the Florida Department of Education, in the past two years, more than 400 corporal punishment incidents have been recorded in Santa Rosa County. The school district says they rarely paddle students and it can only be done with parents' permission and there are also certain guidelines like elementary aged children would only be paddled two times  while older students can receive up to four strokes.

The district says they came to this decision mainly because they want to protect school employees. Some parents filed complaints with the Department of Children and Families after their child was punished. Some parents we spoke with have mixed feelings.