Paddling Kids in School? Yes, It’s Still Permitted in Some States

There aren’t many things that surprise me these days, but there are lots of things that cause a great deal of sadness and angst, and those that cause great excitement.  That’s one of the reasons why this site breaks up the word “education” as it does.  “Edu” for things pertaining to learning;  “Cat” because of the references to how ideas need to be explored, just like a cat investigates something unfamiliar to them; and “Ion,” because an ion is something that’s either positively or negatively charged.  The positive things cause those times of great excitement; the negative things cause the sadness and angst.

This is one of those negative things: https://www.privateschoolreview.com/blog/corporal-punishment-2019-update.

There are no national laws preventing corporal punishment in schools.

The practice was banned in North Carolina in 2018.  According to Wikipedia, the majority of students who experience corporal punishment reside in the Southern United States.  Department of Education data from 2011–2012 show that seventy percent of students subjected to corporal punishment were from the five states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas, with the latter two states accounting for 35 percent of corporal punishment cases.   Students can be physically punished from kindergarten to the end of high school, meaning that even legal adults who have reached the age of majority are sometimes spanked by school officials.  However, a majority of states that permit corporal punishment require that parental consent be given before children may be paddled. In these states, parents are sometimes (but not always) given the option of physical punishment of their child instead of alternate disciplinary measures, like suspension.  (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_corporal_punishment_in_the_United_States, accessed 4.18.2020)