Three strikes and a clout: US school brings back the paddle

A school in the US state of Georgia has introduced a new method of instilling discipline in its pupils: Up to three clouts with a wooden paddle.

The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, which takes children from the age of five to 15, asked parents before the start of term this week for consent to paddle their children if they were caught breaching rules for the third time.

Jody Boulineau, the school’s superintendent, told local reporters: “In this school we take discipline very seriously.”