Sorry, students: Miss. teachers still allowed to paddle

July 7, 2010 2:43:00 PM



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.