Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.
People were paddled and never went to prison.Everyone in prison will tell you their parents whipped them and then point to how well they turned out for it. Corporal punishment either does harm or possibly nothing at all as people in prison and people with successful law abiding lives have both been raised with it. It's really just an excuse to inflict pain on another human being. In the case of children with special needs, who ,if they have a heart or brain, would think it appropriate?
Turned out to be law abiding upstanding citizens quite well.