OCALA, Fla. -- A proposal to reinstate paddling in the Marion County School District is drawing mixed reviews from parents and educators.
"I'm a big boy," said 4-year-old Grant Rowe.
He already knows if he acts up, he's in trouble.
"I don't spank, I like time out, take things away, no TV, no phone," said his mom Sophia.
Rowe said she knows how to discipline her kids.
So a proposal to paddle kids at school didn't sit right with her.
"I thought it was ridiculous," she said.
But the idea is gaining steam in the Marion County School District, and has the support of School Board member Nancy Stacy.
"People are making it controversial. Because most of the parents that I know support it," she said.
The School Board will consider adding paddling at a workshop about the district's code of contact in April.
Florida is one of 19 states where paddling children at school is legal.
Marion County used the practice until just a few years ago, and Stacy thinks they should bring it back.
"What if we try this and it works as well as it did with me. What if a student who gets a paddling is one day the President of the United States because he turned around from being a gang leader, or a hoodlum, to a community leader," she said.
Though she's not an educator, Stacy said real world experience raising horses taught her corporal punishment works.
"My mares have complete control over their fowls. And when the fowl cuts up, she doesn't go to the barn an look for the horse whisperer, she kicks him in the backside bottom two times and cured him, and it works just as well in the human animal," she said.
Mom Sophia Rowe argues a school is not a barn.
"They don't allow parents to hit kids, why would they allow teachers to hit kids? It would make no sense," she said.
The district will consider the proposal at a public hearing in April.