Teachers who lose their tempers won't be able to slap around unruly students if Sen. David Steele, R-West Point, has his way.

The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to Steele's ban on corporal punishment bill."When I went to school, I was hit with a belt, with a board with holes in it, had my ears pulled with a pair of pliers to remove me from class," said Steele, a Davis County school administrator who admits he wasn't a model student.

Steele says by far most teachers don't use physical abuse in the classroom. But a few do, and they must be controlled. "I'm saying you can't inflict pain to get someone's attention."

Steele's bill would allow restraint of a child in an effort to avoid harm, like pulling fighting kids apart.