In today’s DISCOUNT NEWS we chat about some CRAZYS in the news. A Florida school is down with some old school punishment. A local stepdad is a giant DOUCHEBAG. And check out the story of the dude who strangled his buddy!
Some Florida school districts still use corporal punishment, choosing to spank misbehaving students with paddles. But at Holmes County High School in Bonifay, administrators have gone one step further. They have students make the paddles in woodshop class. Though some may be offended by this practice, it’s completely legal. School corporal punishment may have been banned in most of the country, but Florida is one of 19 states that still allows the practice. The widespread ban has made wooden paddles difficult to find, principal Eddie Dixon said, a joint project between local public media and NPR. To fix the problem, he has the woodshop instructor teach students to make paddles. They’re even given specific dimensions. There has been some movement at the federal level to implement a nationwide ban on School corporal punishment, but there seems to be little political backing. As such, states are free to continue the practice for as long as they wish.
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The adoptive mother of an Illinois boy who police say was forced by his stepfather to do hundreds of pushups and eat two screws as punishment has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment. Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged Lashawn Jennings, 39, on Saturday. Her husband, James Jennings, already had been charged with aggravated battery, domestic battery and child endangerment. He remains jailed on $400,000 bond. Cops began investigating last week after the 12-year-old boy reported the alleged abuse to a nurse at an elementary school, who then discovered bruises on the child’s back and arms. Investigators said the child was beaten and tortured by Jennings earlier that morning at their home on Scott Air Force Base property. The Belleville News Democrat reports that the boy was severely punished because he got crumbs on the floor after eating cookies. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Johnson said James Jennings beat the boy with a wooden paddle, made him eat screws and forced him to do over 1,000 push-ups as punishment.
The body of a man who was found Wednesday in a Tacoma home had been dismembered with a hand saw, the Pierce County prosecutors said. The office charged 27-year-old John Jones Jr. with first-degree murder Monday in the slaying of 54-year-old Wayne Williams. Jones’ mother, who lives in the home with Jones, his younger brother and his uncle, told officers she noticed a foul odor that morning. A news release from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said that Jones’ mother entered Jones’ bedroom and discovered a body lying on the floor on top of a mattress. The head and the legs were in separate bags, presumably for disposal, police said.