In Many Public Schools, the Paddle Is No Relic

NY Times 30 Sep 06
Over most of the country and in all but a few major metropolitan areas, corporal punishment has been on a gradual but steady decline since the 1970’s, and 28 states have banned it. But the practice remains alive, particularly in rural parts of the South and the lower Midwest, where it is not only legal, but also widely practiced.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/30/education/30punish.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5094&en=eedd0ba5e7b78736&hp&ex=1159675200&partner=homepage