Sorry, students: Miss. teachers still allowed to paddle

July 7, 2010 2:43:00 PM

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JACKSON -- A federal appeals court has turned down a Tate County high school student''s motion for a temporary injunction against paddling Mississippi students. 

 

 

 

William Cody Childress sought the injunction while a U.S. District Court in Mississippi considers a permanent ban on the punishment. 

 

 

 

Childress, a 16-year-old Independence High School student, filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in U.S. District Court claiming he was paddled "with excessive force." 

 

 

 

The lawsuit, which also claims boys are improperly paddled more based on gender, asked for a temporary injunction while the lawsuit was pending. 

 

 

 

U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper in Greenville denied the request Feb. 23. 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans also denied the request.