20 years ago as a presentation for a class in educational history/psych I brough a paddle I had made to the exact specs of the paddles used in Texas at the time . It was 2 1/2 ft long 4 inches wide and 3/4 of an inch thick with holes drilled into it. As I picked it up I slammed it onto the desk with the same force a principal would use on a child.
I woke up that class. until I SHOWED what was being used many thought corporal punishment was ok.
If a parent used these implements to beat a child they would probably have that child removed. If I hit YOU with it, I would go to jail for assult.
It is NOT ok.
I won't even go into the stats that show that most paddling is aimed at boys who are NOT white, and who often have ADHD or intellectual deficits.
I disagree with corporal punishemnt at the school level. This is very fine line.
I believe is to be left to parents who really know how and when to use it.
I used it with my three daughters..long time ago, and they are fine young ladies and we make fun of how I used to "punish" them. I learn a lot since then, now as a grandmother I try to use time out, talking about the problem before I will spank them on their behind. Never believe in smacking their faces ever. If the get a spank is more about a safety issue where they are to do something that my hurt even after I had say no!