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Robeson Co. leads NC in corporal punishment use

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A study shows that the use of corporal punishment in North Carolina's public schools continues to decline, with students in six districts hit 184 times in the most recent school year.

Advocacy group Action for Children North Carolina said Monday that students in Robeson County are hit the most, with 141 uses of corporal punishment there in the 2012-2013 school year. That represents 76 percent of the total statewide.

Other districts that use corporal punishment are Graham, Swain, Madison, McDowell and Onslow. Action for Children North Carolina says 10 other districts that allow corporal punishment have not used it in years. Local boards in 99 districts prohibit corporal punishment.

In 2011-2012, schools used corporal punishment 404 times, down from 891 instances the previous year.

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