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Diana Hembree

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Diana Hembree is an award-winning health and science journalist, a former senior editor at Time Inc., and the founding co-editor of MindSiteNews, a nonprofit outlet that covers mental health. She is a native of Georgia.

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VOICES: Why school paddling is legal child abuse

May 4, 2022 - If you've never witnessed or experienced a school paddling, it may be hard to understand how terrifying they are to a child. Yet U.S. public school teachers and principals in 19 states are allowed to beat children with wooden paddles, which originated as a tool to inflict pain on enslaved people without causing permanent injury that might impede their work.