The Ethics Daily website reports today (June 6, 2011) that Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he has firsthand accounts from students who said they were injured by paddling at a Catholic high school in New Orleans, challenging school supporters who have filed suit over the claims.
Aymond's disclosure came as parents and alumni of St. Augustine High School challenged the accuracy of a 2009 report from consultant Monica Applewhite, who was asked to investigate the school's disciplinary policy.
Applewhite's report found that at least three students sought hospital treatment after paddling, that some were paddled "day after day," and that some had been paddled "more than six times a day."
Supporters of the school -- the last Catholic school in the country to employ corporal punishment -- dismissed those findings. In multiple lawsuits, supporters have sued Applewhite and charged her with fabricating her report to Aymond.