Sofi Zeman

Sofi Zeman

Sofi Zeman is assistant city editor for the Columbia Missourian.

Passing the paddle: Some Missouri school districts cling to corporal punishment

By: - April 3, 2023

Early on in his administrative career, longtime Missouri educator Chris Belcher had what he called the worst experience of his life. “The kid screamed, and I felt awful,” he said. He didn’t want to do it, but he had to. It was the 1980s, and Belcher was told to paddle a student who was enrolled […]