A bill under consideration by the Missouri Legislature would ban corporal punishment or spanking in both public and private schools. Missouri is one of 19 states that currently allow spanking or paddling in schools. Opponents of corporal punishment say it can be harmful to children and ineffective as a means of discipline. Supporters say it is a quick method of reprimanding a child that involves less out-of-class time than other forms of discipline, such as suspensions. Some lawmakers are voicing concern over the legislation because it also includes private faith-based schools in the proposed ban.