Education: The Firm One

When eleven-year-old Roscoe McGeorge refused to stop playing with cards in the back row of a fourth-grade penmanship class in Cincinnati's Washington Elementary School. Teacher Gayle Graner decided to take appropriate action. She told him to turn over and gave him a paddling. Roscoe's outraged mother had her arrested for assault and battery, but 22-year-old Teacher Graner, though less than a year out of the University of Cincinnati's Teachers College, is not one to be easily intimidated. "Yes. I paddled him," she told reporters. "I have firm ideas on discipline."

Cincinnati apparently approves such firmness. Washington's principal rushed to Teacher Graner's support....

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