Elementary students in Macon County are subject to corporal punishment, or paddling, as a form of discipline.
In 2011, when Macon County Schools added a provision to the county's board policy permitting corporal punishment as a form of discipline, there were 60 districts in the state with a corporal punishment policy. Over the years, that number has dwindled and Macon County stands as one of only three school districts with such a policy. Swain County Schools garnered attention last month when their board of education voted to do away with their corporal punishment policy.
According to Macon County Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, 27 reports of corporal punishment were recorded for the 2013-14 school year. Of those 27 instances, 24 occurred at South Macon and three occurred at Iotla Valley.