iOS app Android app

Corporal Punishment Schools

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

In Some Countries, It's Illegal To Hit Your Child. The U.S. Is Not One Of Them.

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in a child injury case last week after reportedly using a small tree branch to hit his 4-y...

School District Decides To Stop Hitting Students... But Not For The Reason You Might Think

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents

A Florida school district that has long subjected misbehaving students to corporal punishment recently announced it would be suspending the practice a...

Kansas Bill Would Allow For More Spanking In Schools

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Editor's note: This update was posted Feb. 20 at 12:15 p.m.: Ka...

Rebecca Klein

Outraged Parents Say School Not Budging On Corporal Punishment Policy | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

Wendy Chandler, the Alabama mother who spoke out after receiving a “Corporal Punishment Parental Consent Form” from her daughter’s school, is no...

Montana Republican Pushes Draconian Law

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Montana, who once asked to be paid in gold coins, has introduced legislation that would allow convicted...

Teacher To Keep Job After Dragging, Slapping Kindergartener

Posted 11.01.2012 | Education

Tracy Drayton, a physical education teacher in Albany, Ga., will keep her job after a 30-day unpaid suspension following surveillance footage that sho...

Do We Really Still Use Corporal Punishment in Schools?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Corporal punishment may be under attack once again because we are starting a new school year. But until we outlaw it from every state in the country, we will have the problems associated with it each year.

The Separation of Values and Common Sense

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

This week the Springtown school board decided that it was kosher for school administrators to punish the body (that is, administer corporal punishment) of students of the opposite gender, but only if the parents gave written permission.

Texas School District OKs Opposite Sex Spankings After Vice Principal Spanking Left Girl 'Burned And Blistered'

AP | ANGELA K. BROWN | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education

SPRINGTOWN, Texas — Like many schools in Texas, "spare the rod and spoil the child" might be considered the motto at Springtown High School. Bu...

Texas Student Left 'Burned & Blistered' After Spanking

Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

A Texas high school student opted to take a spanking rather than serve another day of in-school suspension, but she was left bruised and blistered aft...

Who's the Pervert? Is Hitting a Child More Acceptable Than Holding Her?

Erika Christakis | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Erika Christakis

Single fathers -- gay fathers, no less -- seem to be under special scrutiny lest their loving attention veer into unsavory territory. Are we so uncomfortable with male nurturing that we assume something perverse about it?

Counting On Us: Release of New Civil Rights Data Is the First Step in Helping Our Kids

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Deborah J. Vagins

Reliance on practices like suspensions, expulsions and arrests decrease academic achievement and increase the likelihood that students will be pushed out of school, oftentimes into the criminal justice system.

7th Grade Teacher Accused Of Spanking Students

AP | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education

LAKE WYLIE, S.C. -- A South Carolina middle school teacher has turned himself in to authorities to face assault and battery charges after he was accus...

Making School a Safe Place for All Students

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 11.27.2011 | Black Voices
Deborah J. Vagins

No child should be subjected to corporal punishment in school, but what's even worse is that corporal punishment is being disproportionately applied against African-American students and students with disabilities.

Mississippi School Sued For Allegedly Shackling Students To Poles For Hours

AP | MOLLY DAVIS | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. — Civil rights advocates have filed suit against Jackson's public school district, claiming officials at one alternative school r...

Thank You New Mexico For Banning Corporal Punishment in Schools

Marc Ecko | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Marc Ecko

The time has come to abolish corporal punishmen, ending the threat of children being hit by adults and freeing children from the hostile environment this threat creates.

Fashion Designer Launches Campaign To End Corporal Punishment In Schools

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Alarmed that corporal punishment is still used to discipline students in many U.S. schools, fashion designer Marc Ecko has launched a campaign to end ...

Crime and Children's Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Brauchli

All across the nation, schools have adopted draconian 'zero-tolerance policies that treat children like criminals and turn schools into prison-like environments.

An Arcane, Destructive -- and Still Legal -- Practice

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

On June 29, 2010, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced the "Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act," H.R. 5628. This bill would ban...

Georgia's New Anti-Bullying Law is Cancelled by Corporal Punishment Policy

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Georgia permits teachers to inflict corporal punishment on children as part of their disciplinary procedures. And so we see that the beat goes on as we ignore the adult part in bullying.

The Red Bottoms of Red-Staters: How Corporal Punishment Contributes to Right Wing Paranoia

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

No paranoid fantasy seems too bizarre, too implausible, or too disconnected from consensual reality to find a credulous audience among right wing true believers.

Brooklyn Principal Busted After Schoolhouse Fight


A meeting to discuss accusations that a teacher used corporal punishment at a Brooklyn school turned violent when the principal began kicking and beat...