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Greenbrier school district has recently been in the national spotlight after a tweet from a parent went viral gaining attention from users and media outlets all across the U.S.

“my kid and two other students walked out of their rural, very conservative, public school for 17 minutes today,” a tweet by parent, jerusalem greer, reads. “they were given two punishment options. They chose corporal punishment. This generation is not playing around. #walkout.”

Greer is referring to the national protest by high school students march 14 marking the one-month anniversary of the 17 students gunned down and killed at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida.

The story about the paddling has been picked up by cosmopolitan, USA today, CNN and more and also received recognition by actress and activist patricia arquette.

The attention spurred the log cabin democrat to reach out to the surrounding districts, including greenbrier, to talk about corporal punishment, defined as spanking or paddling a child as a means of discipline.Saturday school

The LCD spoke with greenbrier superintendent scott spainhour on friday, who said they use corporal punishment in accordance with the state law and the district’s policy.

In the case of the three students involved in the walkout — which violated school policy of walking out during school hours — spainhour said they were all given a choice of a paddling or a two-day detention and they chose the paddling.

He said it’s not as barbaric as people have made it seem, but understands what people are saying and how it looks for those who aren’t from greenbrier.

He said, “[I] assure you, [our] intent is not to hurt kids,” and overall, the “discipline measure,” is “not intended for long-term harm,” and isn’t used in every case.

Spainhour said if the school and the parent don’t think corporal punishment will be effective on the specific child, other consequences including saturday school, detention, suspension and more could be used.Saturday school

Vilonia school district superintendent david stephens said they also still use corporal punishment, but like greenbrier, it’s not the “first go-to” consequence they prefer to use like possible lunch detention, in school suspension, saturday school or in the case of elementary students, lost time at recess.

Different from the two previous, conway school district communication specialist heather kendrick said they stopped using corporal punishment close to 15 years ago.

“we stopped because our elementary principals, along with the school board, decided that other options served as better deterrents,” she said.

The district’s handbook states, “the conway school board of education has a responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the district’s students and employees. To help maintain a safe environment conducive to high school achievement, the board established policies necessary to regulate student behavior to promote an orderly school environment that is respectful of the rights of others and ensures the uniform enforcement of student discipline.”

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CPS infractions and consequences included in the handbook includes warnings, parent contact, parent conferences, detention, denial of recess or privileges, in-school and out-of-school suspension, saturday school and more.