In the 21st century, it is hard to fathom why a civilized person or society would ever desire to hit children, or deem it as acceptable. Yet the Ozark City School Board in Alabama, has taken a step backward in society and social progress by deciding to re-implement the archaic and barbaric practice of beating children as punishment. Call it any innocuous euphemism that you wish - "paddling," "spanking," "licking," "popping," etc - it is nothing less than a controlled beating. Using a paddle instead of a cane, chain or whip matters not - it's still beating a child. This is abhorrent and completely unacceptable in a civilized society. We cannot let a sadist ideology prey upon children simply because some people's ignorance is so great it precludes them from being able to understand basic child psychology and the proper way to discipline children. So please stand with me by signing this petition. I want to put such immense social pressure on the Ozark City School Board, that they not only rescind this backward, sadistic decision, but that they publicly apologize for ever considering allowing child abuse as suitable punishment, and they wear their shame for such ignorance. Join me in speaking against this egregious promotion of child abuse, and in helping to give a voice to the Ozark City School students who are not allowed a voice in this matter. Great things have come about from these Change.org petitions, so let's continue effecting positive change - even in the little known city of Ozark, AL. Thank you.