ALABAMA: private schools
- Briarwood Christian School, Birmingham
Disciplinary action at this school is divided into four categories: mild, moderate, serious, very serious. "Spanking" (no details offered), in the moderate category, is clearly the standard punishment (including at the High School, grades 7-12) once milder methods have failed and also "if the matter warrants an immediate spanking". Spankings "can and will be administered by classroom teachers", but not in the presence of other students.
Parents must sign on the school application form, or for international students the International student application form, that they agree that the school "has full discretion in the discipline of students while at the School, including paddling". See also the "School philosophy" page, which says "We believe the Bible teaches the use of corporal punishment in the discipline of young people. We instruct our staff to use the paddle whenever necessary".
Unlike many private schools, this one is quite big: total enrollment is nearly 1,000. As the reader who drew it to my attention says, "My hunch is there are a lot of spankings doled out at this place".
- Covenant Christian School, Tuscumbia
"Moderate discipline", including corporal punishment, is applied after the other methods have been exhausted, or "if the matter warrants an immediate or more serious form of punishment". Parents are contacted beforehand. Male teachers may not spank girls: "A female staff member will be secured to administer the paddling".
- Gardendale Christian Academy
At this elementary school, corporal punishment is a "last resort" and "consists of paddling a child on his/her buttocks". If the parents have failed to give written permission they are asked to come to the school to administer CP themselves, or take the child away.
- Huntsville Christian Academy
"Corporal correction" may be administered for, among other things, repeated detentions, cheating, vulgar language, disrespect, and unbiblical conduct. Parents are notified beforehand. There is a maximum of three swats. If students "refuse to cooperate fully" with being paddled, the parents are called to "come and handle the situation" or withdraw the student.
- Riverwood Classical School, Tuscaloosa
An administrator may "administer punishment in the form of detention ... or licks, as
preferred by the parent".
- Sparta Academy, Evergreen
Corporal punishment here may be administered to students in grades 2 through 12. It is used in cases of disrespect, rebellious attitudes, fighting, improper language, bizarre or improper actions, or deliberate damage to property. The student or parent is given the choice of up to three licks or five days' suspension. "When possible men will administer punishment to boys and women will administer punishment to girls."
- Tuscaloosa Christian School
"Discipline will be strictly enforced", and corporal punishment is one of the "forms of correction". Parents fill in a permission form, on which they may elect to administer the paddling themselves in the school office.
- Westbrook Christian School, Rainbow City
"Paddling can and will be administered" by the Assistant Principal, and parental authorization "is assumed upon enrollment". CP is mentioned in particular as a penalty for fighting.
- These Alabama private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Edgewood Academy, Elmore
ALABAMA: public schools
- Alexander City Schools (New URL)
Corporal punishment, consisting of a maximum of "three licks administered to a student's buttocks", is described as a last resort prior to "expulsion", a word evidently used here to mean what most schools call suspension, since it is possible to be expelled for only one day or for the rest of the semester. "No student is required to submit" to the paddle, so it is always at the student's choice. The parent may request an alternative punishment, but if this is tried and doesn't work, the principal will use CP even without parental consent. Read in conjunction with the "no student required to submit" provision, this must mean that a student may choose to be paddled in defiance of parental instructions.
In previous versions of the document, two different paddles were specified, "to be made from a general and smooth wood product", complete with detailed measurements, one for grades K-6 (7½" by 3½", ¼" thick) and a larger one for grades 7-12 (13" by 5", 3/8 inches thick), the handle in both cases to be 4 inches long. It is now merely required that the paddle have a smooth surface and be free of holes or cracks.
- Athens City Board of Education
The use of CP "should follow specific failures of other corrective measures to improve student behavior". There is a maximum of three licks to the buttocks. "All special education students will receive corporal punishment in accordance with their IEP and/or behavior management plan".
At the Intermediate school, CP or detention comes at the third offense. After three detentions and or paddlings, the student may not be permitted to go on field trips.
See also this May 2005 news item.
- Autauga County School System, Prattville (New URL)
Corporal punishment may be applied at both elementary and secondary levels for minor offenses, and also at elementary level for intermediate offenses. It "shall not include more than three licks to the buttocks". Refusal to accept a paddling constitutes a Major Offense, entailing suspension, Alternative School or expulsion.
- Bibb County Schools(covers Brent, Centreville, Randolph, West Blocton, Woodstock)
Here there is a maximum per paddling of "three licks administered to the buttocks". The paddle must be "of reasonable construction and size". Parents may apply in writing for exemption.
See also this Sep 2013 news item stating that there were 420 paddlings in Bibb County in school year 2010-2011, 179 of them at Centreville Middle School.
- Blount County School System - Board of Education Policies (covers Blountsville, Cleveland, Hayden, Locust Fork, Oneonta) [DOC]
- Blount County School System - Classifications of Violations and Sanctions
Around 1,765 students (some 22% of the total) were paddled in this district in school year 2004-05, according to federal estimates.
Corporal punishment must not cause bodily injury or be administered with malice. Typical rules at district level about privacy, witnesses and documentation, but nothing about parental consultation or approval. The pan-district handbook adds that CP is one of the penalties for Class I and Class II offenses, but not for Class III or Class IV (the most serious).
Some of the individual schools have their own separate handbook in addition. Of these, Locust Fork HS particularly mentions CP as a likely consequence of failure to attend detention.
At Susan Moore HS (whose handbook committee includes student representatives), students have the right to choose suspension or Saturday school as an alternative to paddling. CP is specifically mentioned as a possible consequence for a second dress code offense, such as wearing shorts shorter than 4 inches above the knee.
At Susan Moore Elementary, CP "will be used as deemed necessary by the teacher and/or administrator", but the handbook is at pains to point out that this is "only one of the means used to deter inappropriate behavior".
- Boaz City Schools (New URL)
Corporal punishment is one of the penalties for Class I and Class II offenses, but not for Class III (the most serious). Up to grade 8 it may be used for fighting. It should be administered in the principal's office. CP may not be used by bus drivers or substitute teachers or teaching assistants. Parents are not allowed to administer CP at school.
- Brewton City Schools [DOC]
Select Chapter 5 ("Students"). Corporal punishment shall be administered by the principal or assistant principal. There are rules about witnesses, privacy, and documentation. Parents may now make a written request that CP not be used. It is no longer stated that paddling should not be a first resort. The separate code of conduct states that CP may be deployed for type I or II violations, but not for type III or IV violations (the most serious).
- Butler County Schools (covers Georgiana, Greenville, McKenzie)
CP is to be used only when other methods have failed. The punishment is to be delivered with "a Board-issued paddle" and there is a maximum of three licks. An attempt is to be made to telephone parents before the paddling takes place. The acknowledgement form at the end of the document, which the student him- or herself must also sign, allows parents to state that they "do not prefer" paddling to be used, but makes it clear that it might be used anyway, whatever the parents think. The rules about due process, witnesses and documentation are more detailed than in the previous version.
As before, paddling is an option at middle and high school, but not elementary school, for a first Class II offense. For a first or subsequent Class III (more serious) offense, CP may be applied at all age levels.
See also this May 2007 news item, reporting on a change of policy so that ordinary teachers, and no longer just administrators, may spank students.
Stats: In school year 2011/12 there were 488 paddlings at Greenville High (grades 8-12), and 227 at the K-12 Georgiana School.
- Calhoun County Schools (covers Alexandria, Anniston, Jacksonville, Ohatchee, Weaver)
Corporal punishment shall consist of no more than three swats on the buttocks with a paddle free of holes or cracks. The implement must be provided by the Board's maintenance department. Parents are informed after the event.
CP may be used for a second or third minor violation, and for a first through fifth intermediate violation. These are "administrative options", which I take to mean that the student does not get to choose the punishment. Paddling is not indicated for major violations.
The link for White Plains High is to the page of the Spanish teacher, Ms White, who says that she may use CP in her class.
See also this May 2010 news item, which notes that 2,246 official paddlings were delivered in Calhoun County schools in the academic year 2008-09, a majority of them in the system's seven high schools.
- Clarke County Schools (covers Coffeeville, Grove Hill, Jackson)
Here, corporal punishment (no details provided) is available for Class I and II offenses (i.e. everything except the most serious). The Student Discipline Report which must be filled out has a space for "number of licks".
Gillmore Elementary specifies that CP (max. 3 licks on the buttocks) should follow "specific failures of other corrective measures to improve student behavior". It should be done out of the view of other students, and not in anger. The instrument used should be "wisely selected", and the spanking delivered either by, or in the presence of, the principal or assistant principal. CP will be administered "without delay" even if the student maintains innocence.
At Jackson Intermediate School, here is the form on which parents may give permission for students to be spanked.
At Jackson Middle, CP appears to be on a par with detention in terms of seriousness.
See also this June 2003 news item about the paddling of a 12-year-old girl at Jackson Middle School, resulting in bruised buttocks, and this Feb 2005 news item. In an April 2005 follow-up report (not on line), it was stated that the board had reaffirmed the policy of corporal punishment.
- Cleburne County Schools (covers Fruithurst, Heflin, Ranburne) [DOC]
CP features here as a possibility for a second or subsequent Class I offense (the least serious kind), and for a first or subsequent Class II offense. For a subsequent Class II offense it is described as primarily an option for elementary grades. It may also be used for a second school bus violation in lieu of suspension from the bus. It is not mentioned in relation to Class III offenses (arson, assault, etc.). Parents may request, by filling out a form at the time of enrollment, that CP not be used.
See also this July 2005 news item stating that there were 286 paddlings at Ranburne Elementary in the latest year.
- Covington County Board of Education (covers Andalusia, Florala, Red Level) [DOC]
Click on "Board Policy" and then, in the resulting zip file, on "Board Policies.doc". CP is an "extreme measure" for preserving order, and is defined, with alarming vagueness, as "striking a child with any object including the bare hand". Another certified employee must witness the punishment. No fewer than four copies of the official form must be filled out in every case.
Florala High's handbook states that CP may be used for a first "Class I" (minor) or "Class II" (intermediate) violation; parents wishing to forbid the use of CP must request a conference with the principal each year.
At Red Level, any teacher has the authority and responsibility to correct any student at any time, anywhere on campus. Corporal punishment is generally for class I (minor) offenses. For a first such offense the penalty is 2 periods of in-school suspension or 2 licks. A second offense brings 3 periods of in-school suspension or 3 licks. When CP is administered, parents will be notified by mail. If there are subsequent offenses, CP is apparently not used.
See also the section on misbehavior on the school bus. On a first referral by the driver, "the student is to receive corporal punishment or assignment to the school alternative program". Any parent who forbids CP of his or her child is to request a conference with the principal.
- Crenshaw County Public Schools (covers Brantley, Highland Home, Luverne)
Teachers here "have the right to administer reasonable corporal punishment" but it should be used only after other measures have failed. It is not to be done in the visual presence of other students, so evidently they might hear the whacks but not see them. Nor shall CP be given "in the presence of visitors", a provision not seen elsewhere, presumably because most people would surely take that as given. Usual stuff about witnesses and record-keeping. No mention of parental involvement.
A fourth tardy results in either one day of Alternative Education or corporal punishment; it is not clear whether this means the student gets to choose. For other minor offenses, CP is an option for the second or third infraction (per semester, one assumes), but not the first or fourth. Intermediate offenses may be punished corporally at the first occasion. CP does not apply to major offenses.
- Cullman County Schools (covers Baileyton, Bremen, Cullman, Garden City, Hanceville)
This school district says that CP is available for Class I and Class II offenses, but not for Class III (the most serious). A decision to administer corporal punishment "will be carefully considered".
- Dale County Schools (covers Ariton, Midland City, Newton, Pinckard, Skipperville)
The County High School may use CP for, among other things, a fifth tardy to school or to class.
At Midland City Elementary, parents are reminded that the school "does use corporal punishment whenever it is deemed necessary and appropriate". It may be used to deal with Class I and Class II violations, but not Class III (the most serious). It is also specifically mentioned as a consequence for a second dress code violation, and for infractions of the bus rules. At the end of the handbook is a form which parents must sign, stating that they are aware that the school uses spanking/paddling when necessary; it does not give parents the opportunity to opt out.
South Dale Middle School has very similar provisions to Midland City Elementary.
See also this Feb 2007 news item, which quotes Dale County's superintendent as saying that CP is an attractive disciplinary tool: students are paddled in the hallway and do not waste their precious class time in the office or on suspension.
- DeKalb County Schools
Due process is required if corporal punishment is used, but the punishment should not be delayed. Students in grades K to 12 who refuse to be paddled will be assigned to alternative school, after-school detention, or suspension. The Board of Education "does not recognize a 'no paddle' list". CP is a possible response to Type I and Type II offenses, but not Type III (the most serious).
See also this Nov 2010 news item.
- Dothan City Schools
Corporal punishment is defined, a tad loosely one might think, as "paddling or spanking with the hand or other object", and may only follow a written disciplinary referral. It must be given in private and approved by the principal or assistant principal. In the secondary schools it is available for relatively minor offenses (Class I) when committed for a second or subsequent time; in the elementary schools it may also be used for the first such offense. More serious (Class II and III) crimes, whether on a first or subsequent occasion, also are punishable with CP at elementary level, but not in the secondary schools.
At the P.A.S.S. Academy, a sort of "sin bin", the same rules apply as in either the elementary or secondary schools, depending on the student's age.
See also this Feb 2007 news item, which reports that there were 450 paddlings in Dothan City in 2005.
- Elmore County Public Schools (covers Deatsville, Eclectic, Millbrook, Wetumpka)
An administrator or designee may administer CP, rather vaguely defined here as "reasonable use of physical force or physical contact". Alternative methods should be tried first, and the student must have been warned previously that CP could result. Unusual due-process requirement: before being spanked, the student not only has the opportunity to state his or her case but may present witnesses in his or her defense.
- Enterprise City Schools, Enterprise
US Dept of Ed stats record that about 1,600 students received at least one spanking in Enterprise in 2004/05, or 29% of the student population.
CP is used "when it is deemed beneficial that the student involved be allowed to return to a class or in other cases where it serves the best interests of the student". It may not be used where the student's presence is dangerous or detrimental, or in drug or alcohol cases, or (for some reason) where damage to property is involved. CP must be approved in each case by, and witnessed by, the principal or his designee, but there is no parental consultation: "The school does not seek permission of parents before disciplining". If a student is to be exempt from paddling, the parent must submit a written statement to that effect each year, and in that event a student who would otherwise be paddled is suspended. There are no details of the modus operandi for paddling.
Th pan-district handbook is for the elementary schools, but its provisions evidently apply also to the Junior High and High schools.
Coppinville mentions CP (no details given) only in relation to repeated dress code violations.
At Dauphin Junior High, students are offered a choice between being spanked (2 licks) and 2 hours' detention for a fourth tardy in a semester, and for a second dress code violation. On the fifth tardy, and also for a first offense of using a cell phone or a third dress code violation, the student may opt for either 3 licks or 3 hours' detention. CP (no number of licks specified) may also be used for disrespect, smoking, sexual harassment, misbehavior on the bus, public displays of affection, and possession of obscene literature, among other things; in these cases it is not made clear whether the student gets any say in the mode of punishment.
Enterprise Junior High uses paddling for obscene literature, disrespect, smoking, dress code violations, theft, and a fourth (2 licks) or fifth (3 licks) unexcused tardy per semester; also for using a cell phone in school (3 licks on the first offense).
The (senior) High School handbook mentions corporal punishment frequently. It "shall be used by an administrator in those cases where the offense does not warrant suspension but should not go uncorrected". It is one of the penalties for skipping class. For a fourth tardy to school or a second dress code violation, students receive 2 licks or two hours' detention. For a fifth tardy or a third dress code violation, this rises to three licks or 3 hours' detention. Paddling may also be administered for, among much else, displays of affection, minor parking/driving offenses, fighting, bullying, loitering in parking lots, profanity, littering, and "general misbehavior". Use of a cell phone brings 2 licks or 2 hours' detention at the first offense. Parents may write a letter to exempt their offspring from CP.
This Aug 2006 news item makes clear that the use of CP for cell phone use was then new, and applies at all the schools in the district.
- Etowah County Schools (covers Altoona, Attalla, Boaz, Gadsden, Glencoe, Hokes Bluff, Rainbow City, Sardis City, Southside, Walnut Grove)
Paddling is a disciplinary sanction here for Class 1 and Class 2 violations, but not Class 3 or 4 (the most serious). "The student's refusal to accept corporal punishment will be deemed a more serious offense and treated accordingly".
The Policy Manual states that CP "shall consist of no more than three (3) licks administered to the buttocks with a smooth surface paddle free of holes and/or cracks".
Mr Troy Elliott at Sardis High tells his 9th- and 10th-grade English students that, in the event of profanity, harassment, bullying, fighting or insubordination, "the student will be referred to the office with a write up immediately or receive corporal punishment if they so choose".
According to the Campus Improvement Plan, there were 49 paddlings at Sardis High (grades 7 through 12) in 2012/13.
- Florence City Schools
Paddling is used for grades K through 6 only. It is not to be administered in the visual presence of other students.
See also this June 2009 news item and this Feb 2010 news item. See also this May 2010 report on a change of practice to restrict CP to the elementary level, and to allow parents to opt out.
- Fort Payne City Schools
This district's school handbooks were not on line when last checked. The document linked here is the Student Discipline Report for year 2005/06, which shows that there were about 1,000 paddlings in the area's four schools, and breaks them down by school and by offense.
See also this June 2007 news item, reporting on a change to the district's policy making it clear that no student is exempt from corporal punishment, except where so stated in the individual plan of a special needs student.
- Geneva City Schools
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), corporal punishment -- unusually defined as "paddling or spanking with the hand or other object" -- must be based on a written disciplinary referral. This further page states that CP is a penalty for a second class I offense but it is not specifically mentioned in relation to more serious offenses.
See also this "General Information" page, which states (scroll a long way down to "Automobiles") that student motorists who break the parking and driving rules may be spanked.
Disciplinary details for the middle and elementary schools were not on line when last checked.
- Houston County Schools (covers Ashford, Columbia, Cottonwood, Newton, Webb, and addresses in Dothan that are not in Dothan City district)
This is Houston in Alabama, not the famous Houston in Texas. Here, the parent may make a written request that the student be exempted from CP. The student must have been warned before that his or her behavior could lead to a paddling. The paddle must be appropriate to the student's size and age.
The document for the Alternative School, which has special rules additional to the district code of conduct, requires the parent and the student to sign that they do or do not agree to corporal punishment.
See also this Feb 2007 news item, reporting that there were 535 paddlings in Houston County in 2005, and describing the paddling process used at Cottonwood High School.
- Jackson County Schools (covers Bridgeport, Bryant, Dutton, Flat Rock, Higdon, Hollywood, Pisgah, Princeton, Section, Stevenson, Woodville)
In this school district CP (no details provided) is available for all three levels of violations. It is also specified as a consequence for a second (but not first or third) instance of misbehavior on the school bus.
At North Sand Mountain (an all-through K-12 school), severe disruption in class will cause "immediate dismissal to the office for corporal punishment". And in this separate document, Coach Kirby sets out his own discipline plan, involving corporal punishment after a warning.
Stats: 850 students received a paddling here in this district during 2004/05.
- Jefferson County Schools (covers Adamsville, Bessemer, Brighton, Clay, Dora, Fultondale, Gardendale, Graysville, Hueytown, Irondale, Kimberly, McCalla, Morris, Mount Olive, Pinson, Pleasant Grove, Quinton, Warrior)
Paddling of the student's buttocks may be used as a disciplinary option for a fourth and subsequent Class I (minor) offense. In the elementary grades, it may also be used for a first or second Class II (more serious) offense. Parental approval is not required, but parents' requests to "restrict" the use of CP shall be respected.
See also this Aug 2005 news item about a mass punishment at Mortimer Jordan High School in Morris: 28 boys, offered the choice of CP or suspension for haircut violations, each opted to receive two strokes of the paddle in the principal's office from the baseball coach.
Stats: This Sep 2013 news report says CP was used 90 times in this district in school year 2011/2012.
- Lamar County Schools, Vernon [DOC]
Here, 1,095 students were paddled in 2004/05, according to federal figures. It is made explicit that corporal punishment is available in all grades from K through 12. There is a maximum of three licks, and they must be delivered to the student's buttocks with an instrument that is "wisely selected". The witness should be of the same sex as the student.
- Lauderdale County Schools (covers Anderson, Florence, Killen, Lexington, Rogersville, Waterloo)
The Rogers High handbook says that CP is available, but gives no details. Parents wishing non-use of CP must send a written request each year.
See also the page of math teacher and basketball coach Mr Childress, whose consequences for misbehavior in class include corporal punishment and also (possibly even worse, from the look of his photo, right) "severe stare down".
- Lee County Schools, Opelika
"Corporal punishment shall consist of no more than three (3) licks administered to the
buttocks with a smooth surface paddle free of holes and/or cracks."
At Smiths Station High, a second dress code violation is met with "ISS for one (1) school day and parental contact or Corporal Punishment (x2)", which presumably means two paddle licks.
- Leeds City Schools
Corporal punishment is available for second and subsequent Class I ("minor") and Class II ("intermediate") offenses in all grades, K through 12. Parents may opt out by signing a form every year. Failure to return the form constitutes permission to use CP.
Board policy, set out in the Employee Handbook, requires "an adequate statement of the reasons and supporting evidence" to be given orally, "with an opportunity for the student to respond in the presence of a witness". If the situation warrants it, "corporal punishment may then be administered without delay". This is limited to "three licks administered to the buttocks", and to one paddling per student per day. The witness should be "preferably the same gender as the offender". (Note: "online" in this document is clearly a misprint for "only".)
See also this Sep 2013 news item and this Oct 2013 follow-up.
- Limestone County Schools (covers Ardmore, Athens, Elkmont, Harvest, Lester, Tanner) [DOC]
CP is to be administered with "care, tact and caution" in the principal's office or a place designated by the principal. Either the paddler OR the witness should "wherever possible" be of the same sex as the student being punished. Paddling is particularly mentioned for Class I (the least serious) violations, but the sanctions for Class II and III violations include any sanction in Class I, so CP is, at least theoretically, available for all offenses.
At the back of the handbook is an "opt-out" form on which parents may state that they do not want their son or daughter to be paddled and that they accept that the alternative may be suspension.
- Madison County Schools (covers Gurley, Harvest, Hazel Green, Huntsville (part), Meridianville, New Hope, New Market, Owens Cross Roads, Toney)
CP is restricted to the use of a paddle over the buttocks. It is a possible consequence for Class I or II violations but not Class III. It must not be administered in an occupied classroom. Paddles are to be kept in the office. Parental approval is not required, but due process must be followed. In grades 4 through 12, the staff member delivering the punishment must be of the same sex as the student.
Stats: According to this Sep 2011 news report, there were 307 paddlings in Madison County in 2010/11.
- Morgan County Schools -- District policy (covers Danville, Decatur, Eva, Falkville, Joppa, Lacey's Spring, Somerville, Trinity) (New URL)
According to the board policy, corporal punishment "is administered by paddling the buttocks only". Counselling sessions are advised in addition, but the counsellor should not witness the punishment. CP should not be used "if the student has a physical injury which may be further aggravated".
The handbook adds that CP may be applied for a second or subsequent Class I offense (the least serious), in the case of elementary and secondary students alike. For secondary students only, it may also come into play for a first Class II offense.
At Priceville High, "2 Corporal" -- presumably meaning two swats -- is one of the alternative penalties for a fourth through ninth tardy to school or to class.
- Oxford City Schools
Corporal punishment (no details given) may be used, with parent notification, in grades K through 12 for minor offenses. It is also available for intermediate offenses at elementary level, but apparently not in grades 7 through 12.
The pan-district board policy provides for a maximum of "three (3) licks administered to the buttocks", and also says "Care should be taken not to corporally punish the same student more than once in any one (1) day".
The High School handbook states that "Corporal punishment is permitted at Oxford High School" and this sentence is underlined for emphasis. In particular, the penalty for a 4th or subsequent dress code violation is out-of-school suspension, for which CP may be substituted "if appropriate".
See also this Oct 2008 news item about a paddling at Oxford Middle School, and this April 2010 report (with video clip) on a mass paddling at Oxford High School of 17 students who wore inappropriate attire to the senior prom.
- Ozark City Schools
This school district abolished CP in 1997 and reintroduced it in 2011 (see this Sep 2011 news item and this Nov 2011 follow-up). There is a maximum of three licks, to be administered to the buttocks with a paddle approved by the Superintendent. The punishment must be delivered by the principal or designee, and not by the teacher requesting it. Parents may apply for exemption, in which case the student is suspended for one day, unless the parent wishes to come to school to carry out the spanking personally.
Carroll High confirms that CP is used and provides a form for parents to sign requesting exemption.
- Pickens County Schools (covers Aliceville, Carrollton, Gordo, Reform) [DOC]
The district's policy manual is a huge document, but unusual enough to be worth the download time. Corporal punishment is used when other methods have failed.
It is made explicit that students not only may, but will, be offered a choice of punishment. "Should a student request corporal punishment, rather than an alternate form of punishment, the teacher may administer the corporal punishment under the guidelines of this policy." There is a maximum of "three licks administered to the buttocks" with an instrument that "should be wisely selected. A wooden paddle approximately 24 inches in length, 3 inches wide and ½ inch thick is recommended. Paddles with holes, cracks, splinters, tape or other foreign material shall not be used for corporal punishment". The student shall remove any objects in back pockets and/or remove outer garments before the punishment is administered. A teacher who is "not comfortable administering corporal punishment" may ask another teacher to do it. The witness should preferably be of the same sex as the student. Parents shall be given the right to exempt their children, but "should the parent fail to notify the principal, it shall be understood that the student may be corporally punished".
At Gordo High, a student with a fifth or subsequent unexcused tardy will be given the remarkably wide choice of suspension, corporal punishment, work detail, Saturday school, or after school detention. CP is also an option on the third demerit for minor offenses.
At Pickens County High, it may be used for minor offenses (except on the first offense) and for intermediate offenses (but only on the first offense).
- Piedmont City School District
Identical wording at both schools. Paddling may be used for Class I, II and III violations (i.e. any offense) when other methods are not effective. There are rules about privacy and witnesses. A parent who does not want CP to be used must say so in writing and "schedule a meeting with the principal to discuss alternative forms of discipline".
In the 2009-2010 school year, 144 students were officially spanked at Piedmont's only high school (more than half of them for defiance), and somewhat fewer at the middle and elementary schools.
There is also an Elementary School, but its handbook does not give any detail about punishments.
See also this May 2010 news item.
- Pike County Board of Education (covers Brundidge, Goshen, Troy)
This district has rewritten the relevant provisions of its code of conduct. Corporal punishment is still available for Class I offenses on a first referral to the office (disruptive behavior, tardiness, etc.).
Previously, if the student professed innocence, the paddling was postponed until parents had been contacted, but would then go ahead unless they signed a written objection. There is no longer any reference to the student's professing innocence. Written parental objections to CP will now be honored in grades K-2 only. From the third grade onwards, written objections to CP are no longer accepted. Instead, "Parents and students should discuss this discipline option. If a decision is made not to accept corporal punishment, students are expected to advise the administrator that it is their parent's desire not to have corporal punishment used." In such cases, the student is suspended for one day followed by a parent conference.
As before, there is a maximum of three licks, which must be applied to the buttocks, but there is no longer any reference to "the Board-approved paddle". Suspension or the "Alternative Learning Center" seem to be the automatic punishments for more serious offenses, as well as for repeated Class I offenses.
- Roanoke City Schools
This is Roanoke, Alabama, not the better-known Roanoke in Virginia.
At the Middle School, there is a maximum of three licks with a paddle, to be preceded by due process (student's right to a hearing). Paddling may be used for minor and intermediate offenses but not major ones. Parents wishing to exempt their offspring from CP must say so in writing each year.
There is also a High School and an Elementary School, but their handbooks do not seem to be on line.
See also this Oct 2010 news item giving some statistics about paddling at the Elementary School.
- Russell County Schools (covers Fort Mitchell, Hurtsboro, Opelika, Phenix City, Seale)
Corporal punishment is a possible consequence for a second class I violation and for any class II violation (defiance, fighting, tobacco). CP is to be given by the principal or designee. "Such punishment shall be administered under conditions that do not hold the student up to ridicule or shame". Before the punishment takes place, the student shall be advised why he/she is being paddled and given an opportunity to explain. The witness should have had no direct involvement with the case. Parents are informed beforehand.
- St Clair County School System (covers Ashville, Moody, Odenville, Ragland, Springville, Steele)
Corporal punishment is a "last resort" for Class I and Class II violations, but is not mentioned for the more serious offenses. Rules about witnesses, privacy, documentation and informing parents. There is a maximum of three licks, to be delivered to the student's buttocks with a smooth paddle free of holes or cracks.
- Scottsboro City Schools
Under board policy, students at both elementary and secondary level may be paddled for a second or subsequent minor violation of the code of conduct. For more serious (intermediate) offenses, a secondary student may receive CP on the first violation.
At the High School, defiance of authority (including repeated dress code violations) results in 3-5 days' ISS or corporal punishment (no details provided). However, students may NOT be offered a paddling for truancy.
The link for Scottsboro Junior High is to Mr Dennis's 8th-grade science page, where he tells us that a fourth offense and upward will bring "principal's office or paddling".
- Shelby County School System (covers Chelsea, Columbiana, Montevallo, Pelham)
Written parental consent is required in advance. It no longer seems to be specified, as it was in earlier versions, that there is a maximum of "three spanks per paddling". Also gone is an unusual stipulation is that an employee who is opposed to CP may not be required to act as witness.
See also this Sep 2013 news item reporting 70 paddlings in this district in 2010/11.
- Sylacauga City Schools
Corporal punishment requires prior consent of the parent or guardian.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), it is no longer laid down that CP is used only when other procedures have failed. There is still a maximum of three licks, but now also a minimum of two licks. Males are to be paddled by males, and females by females. An unusual provision is that paddlings are "administered at a pre-determined time and location before each school day". Students who fail twice to show up for this early-morning appointment are assigned ISS and must still receive the original corporal punishment as well.
Note also this separate page, which makes it clear that students assigned to detention hall are always offered the alternative of a paddling.
Stats: 180 boys and 88 girls were paddled at Sylacauga High School in the 2011/12 school year. The figures for 2004/05 and 2006/07 were both zero, so this school has clearly decided to restore CP in a big way.
- Tallapoosa County Schools (covers Camp Hill, Dadeville, New Site, Notasulga)
Parents may request exemption from CP, but the principal "shall retain the authority to accept or reject the exemption request". "Corporal punishment may be deemed necessary" for class I (minor) offenses in any grade, and also for class II (intermediate) offenses in grades K to 3. There are no details as to the modus operandi.
At Reeltown High, CP (no details offered) may be used by the principal or assistant principal, or by a teacher with a witness. The student to be punished must be given an opportunity to explain his or her actions.
- Tuscaloosa County Schools (covers Brookwood, Buhl, Coker, Cottondale, Duncanville, Fosters, Holt, Northport, Tuscaloosa, Vance)
A maximum of three licks may be administered to the student's buttocks. In this latest version it is stipulated that the instrument used is to be "a smooth surface paddle free of holes and/or cracks". The witness should "preferably" be of the same sex as the student. Typical rules about documentation and parental notification, though nothing about parental consent. The privacy rule is more limited than in many other administrations: CP shall be administered "out of view of any other students", but evidently it is acceptable for other students hear it -- through an open door or window, perhaps. CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for tobacco use.
- Walker County Schools (covers Carbon Hill, Cordova, Dora, Goodsprings, Oakman, Parrish, Sipsey, Sumiton, and addresses in Jasper that are not part of Jasper City) [DOC]
Some changes here. Corporal punishment is available for Class II (intermediate) offenses, and must be delivered in the principal's office. "A maximum of three (3) taps must be administered to the buttocks." ("Taps" is a very unusual word to use.) Where all the administrative staff at a school are male, "a female teacher may be designated to administer corporal punishment to the female student", and vice versa. Parents must state in writing "any extenuating circumstances, physical condition or health impairment that would render corporal punishment inadvisable". CP must not be given for poor grades or other academic issues.
- These Alabama public schools or school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Elba City Schools
Decatur City Schools and see this May 2013 news item
Hale County Schools (covers Greensboro, Moundville, Newbern)
Lawrence County School System
Muscle Shoals City Schools
Selma City Schools
Talladega County Schools
Vestavia Hills City Board of Education (but only for grades 6 through 12)
- These Alabama schools or districts are also known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or are not on line at all:
Anniston City Schools -- see this May 2010 news item, reporting that there were 528 paddling incidents in school year 2008/09.
Chilton County Schools -- see this Sep 2013 news item, which states that there were 374 paddlings in year 2011/12, of which 145 at Thorsby High School.
Escambia County Schools -- see this Nov 2014 news item (with video clip).
ARIZONA: public schools
- Country Gardens Charter School, Laveen
This enrollment application form allows parents to choose the "Out of School Suspension Alternative Option", whereby the parent comes to the school to administer a maximum of two swats to the student in lieu of OSS. A standard paddle is used, applied to the clothed buttocks only.
- Round Valley Unified Schools , Springerville
Corporal punishment is one of the "disciplinary consequences". If a student "withdraws from school to avoid disciplinary action", the consequences "must still be fulfilled" before any re-enrollment.
ARKANSAS: private schools
- Abundant Life School, Sherwood
Corporal punishment may be decided upon by the principal in the case of major offenses or repeated minor ones. Parents are informed beforehand.
- Conway Christian School, Conway
"Detention hall, suspension or corporal punishment" will result from referral to the Principal for "secondary minor offenses" such as being in the hallway without a pass, or chewing gum in the building.
- Crowley's Ridge Academy, Paragould
At this K through 12 Protestant school, "When a student is admitted, he/she automatically agrees to submit to the privileges, regulations and penalties (including corporal punishment) of the school". Paddling may be administered for a third or fourth offense of chewing gum, inappropriate language or horseplay; a fifth or seventh tardy per semester; a second offense of classroom disruption or cheating; and a first offense of fighting, profanity, drugs, sex, stealing, etc. There is a maximum of three swats.
There is no suggestion that any of these Crowley's Ridge Academy students have been paddled. (Facebook)
- Gravette Holiness Bible School, Gravette
Corporal correction here is "firmly carried out". "Our preference is that corporal correction for school offenses would be administered by the child's father at school", but if the spanking is done at home instead, "a note signed by the parents and indicating that discipline was administered should be returned to the principal the next school day. Students who have received a disciplinary notice will not be allowed to return to school without the appropriate signature from their parents." Alternatively, "swats may be administered by the principal after parental notification". In particular, they may be given for a fourth or fifth "scoring violation".
- Harding Academy, Searcy
"There are occasions that occur during the school year that are contrary to our mission. This type of misbehavior may be corrected by corporal punishment." It should preferably be administered in the principal's office. Typical offenses meriting a spanking are listed as disrespect, fighting, lying, and profanity. As at most schools, "Corporal punishment must not be administered in the presence of other students..." but with this interesting proviso: "...except those who are receiving similar punishment at the same time".
ARKANSAS: public schools
- Beebe School Board
At the High Schools, corporal punishment ("swats on the buttocks with a paddle") may be applied for tardiness to class and weapons, and, as an option for the student instead of detention, for insubordination, disruption, profanity, fireworks, gambling, and public display of affection. Unlike at the Middle School there is no form for parents to sign to opt out, suggesting that in practice it is always a choice for the student him- or herself.
The handbook for the elementary schools states that CP may be used for truancy (second offense), and misbehavior on the bus.
Both handbooks remind parents that corporal punishment is legally permissible in public schools, with or without parental consent.
Between them, the five Beebe schools meted out 414 official spankings in school year 2012-2013, according to state statistics.
- Benton School Board
Corporal punishment must be administered to the "lower posterior". "Parents who prefer suspension rather than corporal punishment may sign a discipline form that is available in the principal's office."
- Blevins Public Schools
"Refusal to take corporal punishment will result in automatic suspension." CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for a first tobacco offense, and for any Category II offense (minor altercations, gambling, profanity, theft, loitering, and many more).
- Booneville School District (New URL)
See pp.16/17 of the pan-district handbook for general guidelines.
See these video clips from a TV documentary in 2008 showing students at Booneville High School choosing a spanking in the principal's office (three paddle licks) in lieu of Saturday school.
Stats: There were 244 paddlings in Booneville schools in school year 2012/13, according to state statistics.
- Bryant Public Schools (New URL)
The pan-district handbook lays down (page 61) that any certified district employee may paddle any student.
The handbook covering all seven elementary schools specifically mentions "paddling" as a consequence for a second infraction of the school bus rules.
The handbook for the secondary schools makes no reference to CP.
See also this March 2011 news item, which says that parents must sign a form before CP can be used.
Stats: Arkansas state figures reveal that 291 instances of CP were enacted in school year 2012/13 in this district.
- Cabot School District
Any teacher or administrator may use CP. The student must have been warned previously. If parents forbid their students to be spanked, suspension is the likely alternative.
- Calico Rock School District
Elementary students sent to the office may be paddled, but only when other alternatives have been exhausted. Typical rules about privacy and witnesses. Refusal to accept CP may lead to suspension.
At the high school, parents are to sign a form stating that they either do or do not permit the use of CP. Any student who exceeds five tardies in a semester will receive paddling and/or ISS. For a second dress code or grooming violation, students may choose between a paddling and an afternoon detention. Students assigned Wednesday afternoon detention, but who fail to show up for it, receive 3 swats or two days' ISS and must still serve the detention the following week. Senior students may be disqualified from going on class trips if they have received ISS and CP on "numerous" occasions. Typical rules about privacy, witnesses and documentation. Refusal to be paddled may result in suspension.
- Carlisle Public Schools
At elementary level, corporal punishment is a possible consequence for a Level 3 offense or repeated Level 2 offenses. Refusal to undergo a paddling may result in suspension. At the end of the book is a form which parents sign to say they have read and understood the CP policy; it does not invite them to opt out of it.
At the high school there specific provisions for the use of tobacco: on the first offense, the student is given the choice of "two licks administered by the principal" or two days' detention. Subsequent tobacco offenses mean Saturday School or suspension. Paddling is no longer explicitly mentioned as a punishment for bullying, but it is a possible consequence for leaving school during the day without signing out, and for being tardy to school any number of times from once upwards. Also, "At the principal's discretion, corporal punishment may be used in lieu of detention, Saturday school or any other severe consequence", presumably meaning at the choice of the student. Refusal to accept CP may result in suspension. Parents may register their objection to CP on a special form.
- Decatur School District
Corporal punishment, "defined as three swats with a paddle", is used as an alternative to ISS. Parental consent is sought beforehand. It is particularly mentioned for a third or subsequent tardy, and for disrespect. In the latter case, for a third violation, the punishment is "1 day in ISS or corporal punishment (principal discretion)". For a fourth, it is "3 days ISS or a combination of ISS and corporal punishment".
- DeWitt School District
On the 7th assignment to Detention Hall in a 9-week period, a student receives one day of ISS or corporal punishment. "Refusal to take corporal punishment may result in suspension. In the event a
student decides to go home rather than take the corporal punishment, the days missed will be counted as unexcused absences." CP is particularly mentioned for a second bus discipline offense.
- East End School District, Bigelow
Common to both schools is that corporal punishment is to be administered by the Superintendent or designated staff members. Usual stuff about privacy and witnesses.
The latest version of the elementary handbook no longer spells out that corporal punishment will not be administered without prior parental consent.
At the High School, CP is a possible consequence for a third or subsequent offense of not having a hall pass, and for profanity, public display of affection, and in general any category I offenses. It may also be administered when students assigned to morning detention fail to serve it. Parents who do not wish CP to be used must sign that they are prepared to pick the student up, and he or she will be suspended.
- England School District
The standard punishment at both schools for most minor rule violations -- including, for students over 16, driving and parking offenses -- is detention hall. However, students may always choose to be spanked in lieu of D-hall.
Refusal to take a paddling may result in suspension. Parents may apply in writing to have their student exempted from CP.
- Flippin School District
At Flippin High School the spankings are severe: a first office referral means 60 minutes' detention or "six swats with a paddle"; a second referral, 80 minutes or eight swats; a third, 100 minutes or 10 swats. In an unusual provision, any paddling of more than five swats is spread over two days. It is not quite clear whether this means two consecutive days.
At the Middle School similar rules apply, but with fewer swats for a given office referral. An additional provision is that, if there are extenuating circumstances in connection with misconduct on the school bus, each day's suspension from the bus may be replaced by two swats. Misbehavior while in ISS "will result in swats" or OSS. An initial assignment to OSS for multiple days may be replaced by just one day in ISS plus three swats with the paddle for each remaining day.
- Fordyce School District
Corporal punishment at the High School may be given to any student by any certified employee, in the presence of the principal or his designee. It must be "administered to the lower posterior only". Refusal to be spanked will result in suspension. It is no longer spelled out that students assigned to detention for minor offenses may choose to take a paddling instead.
There is similar language at the Elementary School, where CP is particularly mentioned as a penalty for bullying, vandalism or theft, disorderly conduct, insubordination, and throwing rocks, among other things.
- Forrest City School District
Here, paddlings must be administered to "the lower posterior only", and students who refuse to submit "will be suspended", with no makeup work allowed. However, parents may sign a form requesting exemption from CP.
The grant application gives detail of the Character Education Probationary Program (CEPP) for students committing too many infractions. The parents of students in CEPP who fail to make satisfactory progress must either attend a weekly mandatory parent conference or else authorize corporal punishment for the student.
See also this June 2012 news item (with video clips) about the reintroduction of CP in this district after an earlier abolition.
- Fouke School District
Teachers as well as the principal may administer CP. Parents may request exemption on an annual basis and in that case the student will receive ISS or suspension instead.
- Greenbrier Public Schools
For a second offense of misbehavior on the school bus, CP is an alternative to three days' suspension from the bus. It may also be applied to "those who choose to throw rocks" in the playground, and for a first offense of possessing a cell phone or other electronic device.
More generally, paddling may be administered instead of ISS for a third or subsequent Class I infraction (insubordination, disruption, profanity, cheating) and for a first Class II offense (bullying, vandalism, etc.). Parents may object to CP in writing.
There were 377 paddlings across the district's six schools in school year 2012/2013, according to state statistics.
- Greene County Tech School District, Paragould
This high-school handbook has an extensive discussion of CP, and specifically mentions it as a possibility for 13 separate offenses, including "overt affection". The student being disciplined must be dressed in "regular school clothes". Student refusal to accept a spanking may result in suspension. "Students shall not receive an excessive amount of corporal punishment during a school year. After it has been determined that corporal punishment is not a deterrent, the student will be placed in I.S.S." Parental request for exemption from CP must be delivered to the principal in person.
Stats: In 2011/12, 29 boys and 2 girls received paddlings here on at least one occasion.
- Hector Public Schools
No concessions to student choice here: "When corporal punishment is an option, the decision will be made by the principal, not the student". It may be used for fighting, destroying school property, skipping class, being disrespectful to a teacher, and speaking profanely, or "other unusual behavior". Refusal to submit to the paddle may result in suspension or other measures. Parental objections to CP must be presented in writing each year. Students may be paddled for misbehavior on the bus as well as in school. This is the High School handbook; the elementary school uses the same language.
- Helena/West Helena School District
With 531 paddlings delivered in school year 2012/2013 (state statistics), this district is one of Arkansas's leading exponents of corporal punishment, which may be administered by the Superintendent or any certified staff member. There appears to be no provision for parental consultation or objections.
- Hot Springs School District
CP must be preceded by a warning that misbehavior will not be tolerated. It must be administered by a certificated district employee and witnessed by another. No other details are provided.
- Lake Hamilton School District, Pearcy
Paddling is available at all these schools, mostly as an alternative to detention. Only the primary, elementary and intermediate handbooks mention CP separately for each relevant offense. Otherwise all have broadly similar language, with the usual provisions about prior warning, witnesses and record-keeping.
Parents may file a written request (which they must deliver annually in person) to deny the use of CP, but the student may then be suspended. Student refusal to accept a paddling may also result in suspension. Conversely, at the Middle School it is also stated that "Parents may request corporal punishment".
The student being punished must be dressed in regular school clothes, and the punishment must be applied to the posterior. At the elementary and intermediate schools, the paddle shall be of solid, sanded wood with round edges, and is to be discarded at the first sign of splintering.
State figures indicate that at these at six schools between them there were 149 official spankings in 2012/2013.
- Lonoke School District
As at some other Arkansas schools, CP here must be administered not merely to the posterior but to the "lower posterior", which (if the administrator's aim with the paddle is really that accurate) is perhaps a good way of ensuring that the student will be reminded of the punishment when he or she sits down later on. A female employee must be present when girls are paddled. Refusal to submit to a paddling may result in suspension.
- Malvern School District
At the High School (grades 9-12), corporal punishment is mentioned in particular for minor misbehavior while in ISS, and failing to provide ID on request. CP may be substituted for Supervised Study Hall "at administrative discretion".
The Middle School handbook (grades 7-8) merely spells out the district-wide CP policy (privacy, witnesses, etc.) without mentioning specific offenses that might incur a paddling.
Wilson Intermediate (grades 5-6) lays down "parent conference and corporal punishment or up to 3 days ISS" for repeated violation of classroom rules. CP is also listed as a consequence for a first or second offense of conflict between students, a second offense of cheating, gambling, insubordination, disruption, truancy or disrespect, a first offense of fighting, profanity, and a fourth or fifth offense of failure to complete assignments.
All three schools stipulate that, if parents want to request exemption from CP, they must personally deliver a written request to the principal. Students concerned will be suspended instead.
There were 267 paddlings in this district in 2012/2013, according to state statistics.
- Mount Vernon-Enola School District
At the elementary school, CP may be used on the third, fourth, fifth or sixth referral to the office for any reason, and the 3rd through 8th referral for "transportation misbehavior". Refusal to submit to a paddling "will result in suspension or possible expulsion".
At the High School, corporal punishment is always "offered as one of two or more alternatives" and "will not be administered if the student chooses not to take it", even if the parent has opted to make him or her eligible for it. Paddling is mentioned in particular as a penalty for failing to sign in and out, assault, forgery, excessive tardies, bullying, misbehavior on the bus, and misuse of technology.
Both schools state that paddling is to be delivered to the posterior only; and there is a form on which parents may opt into or out of CP.
- Mountain View School District (covers Fox, Montain View, Timbo)
This handbook has separate sections for elementary students (starting p.70), middle-school students (p.79), and high-school students (p.85).
In grades K through 6, the paddle may be used for a second or third Class I infraction and a first through fourth Class II infraction, all as alternatives to varying amounts of suspension. CP is also the penalty for a second bus offense; in this case, "refusal to take corporal punishment will result in 1-day suspension from riding the bus".
Students in the grades 5 through 12 may be paddled for a third Class I infraction, a first or second Class II infraction, and a second offense on the school bus.
See also this Nov 2014 news item (with video clip), according to which there were 195 paddlings in this district in the latest year.
- Norfork School District
At many schools that use CP, swats may be offered as an alternative to after-school detention, e.g., for those students who have jobs or athletics. Here, instead, paddling is the presumed discipline, rather than detention: "In special cases, at the principal's discretion, students will be given after-school detention, a form of punishment in those cases where corporal punishment or out of school suspension may not be appropriate". Nevertheless, "Students who fail to report for after-school detention will be subject to corporal punishment (3 swats) or a short term out of school suspension". Also, "Refusal to take corporal punishment will result in suspension."
Paddling is mentioned in particular as a punishment for failure to submit assignments or possession of laser pointers, and repeated dress code violations; a first offense of truancy, fighting, tobacco, or profanity; a second offense of leaving the classroom during class, bullying, using a copy machine without permission, having a knife with a blade shorter than 3 inches, or use of school telephone; a second or subsequent public display of affection; a third offense of failure to have the student's name displayed on backpacks, or not being prepared for class; a first, second or third offense of horseplay; and a fifth or subsequent tardy (3 swats).
Intriguingly, corporal punishment is also the penalty for inappropriate behavior or dress at graduation. One does wonder how the school is going to enforce this, unless the paddling is to form part of the graduation ceremony.
Parents must sign a form giving permission for their student to receive swats and/or be contacted by phone to give verbal permission.
- Osceola School District
See pages 29 to 51 and page 68. Corporal punishment may be used for a first tobacco offense and, in grades 5 through 12 only, for a first offense of using a laser pointer, computer misuse, profanity, handling contraband, or truancy, a second or third cafeteria or forgery offense, and a third or fourth offense of disobedience, disruption or overt affection. Parents wishing their student not to be paddled must make a written request to that effect annually. Students who refuse a spanking may be suspended.
- Pea Ridge School District
At the High School, corporal punishment is a Category 4 consequence, where Category 1 is "warning by teacher" and Category 6 is expulsion. This puts it on a par with ISS.
See also this Dec 2008 news item.
- Pottsville School District (New URL)
Corporal punishment is "not encouraged", and staff who habitually resort to it "endanger their professional reputation and status". When used, it must be "administered to the lower posterior only" using the supplied paddle, with a maximum of five licks.
At the senior High School (grades 10 through 12), students committing minor rule infractions are offered the choice of a paddling or writing sentences. CP is also mentioned in particular as a consequence for truancy, bullying, dress code violations, and being late for school a fourth time. Refusal to be spanked will result in suspension. Much the same wording is to be found in the elementary, middle and junior high handbooks.
- Prescott School District
Detention here is described as an "alternative to corporal punishment", suggesting that CP is the default. The punishment for a sixth tardy in nine weeks is 3 days' study hall, corporal punishment, or two days' Saturday School. CP is also particularly mentioned as a consequence for tobacco, dress and grooming violations, gambling, and profanity.
- Searcy School District
At the High School, there is a maximum of three licks per paddling. Students who refuse CP will be suspended. Corporal punishment is NOT allowed as an alternative to Detention Hall.
There is identical language at the Junior High and Middle schools.
Official figures reveal that the paddle was wielded on 385 occasions in this district in 2012/2013.
- Sloan-Hendrix School District, Imboden
The personnel handbook states that teachers may use CP to combat classroom disruption, but it must be administered in the principal's presence. "It is recognized that this type of punishment is sometimes very effective, but should not be used so frequently that its effectiveness is lost." The paddle is to be of "standard dimensions" and the punishment appropriate to the student's age and size.
The handbook for the elementary and middle levels merely gives standard Arkansas language about due process, privacy and witnesses. There is no longer a stated maximum number of licks (previously five).
At the High School, paddling is particularly mentioned as a likely consequence for being late to school, truancy, stealing, cheating, and -- quite unusual, this -- earning a fifth or subsequent detention in a nine-week period.
- South Conway County Schools, Morrilton
Typical Arkansas language. Students who refuse CP may be suspended.
At the Junior High School, offenses for which corporal punishment may be applied include smoking, six to eight tardies, forgery, fighting (3 swats), profanity, loitering on the wrong campus or while suspended, fireworks, assault, sexual harassment, extortion, and use of cell phone (2nd offense). Some but not all of these can also incur CP at the senior High School. There is a form for parental opt-out.
According to Arkansas statistics, in this district the paddle was wielded on 321 occasions in 2012/2013.
See also this Oct 2014 news item about the paddling of a 15-year-old at Morrilton High School.
- South Side School District, Bee Branch
The High School (grades 7-12) handbook includes a form for parents to indicate that they either "accept" or "object to" the use of CP. In the latter case, the alternative may be three days' suspension.
Paddling is particularly mentioned as a penalty for missing 3 homework assignments, truancy, and disruptive behavior, and for a first (2 swats) or second (3 swats) instance of misbehavior on the bus; also for a second offense of sleeping in class, insubordination or disrespect (2 swats), a second offense of profanity (3 swats), and a second, third, fourth or fifth locker violation (2 swats). Class teachers may paddle without reference to the office.
- Spring Hill School District, Hempstead County
There are 56 references to corporal punishment in this handbook. Among other things, it may be the consequence of damage to property or theft; "general misbehavior"; a first offense of gambling, profanity, or tobacco; a second offense of having a cell phone; a first, second or third instance of truancy, gang membersip, insubordination or fighting; and a first, second, third or fourth offense of disorderly conduct. In a few of these cases, CP is the only option offered. It is also the alternative to Saturday detention for a third or fourth unexcused tardy.
For spankings in grades 7-12, the witness shall be the same sex as the student. Refusal to take a paddling may result in suspension. Near the end of the document is a form on which the parent may stipulate that CP not be used, but in that case out-of-school suspension, with zero grades on work and tests missed, may be imposed.
See also this April 2006 news item about a mother complaining after her 13-year-old son was given a paddling to which she had previously consented.
A High School senior claims on k12niche.com that students violating the rules in the handbook "have the option of being paddled or Saturday school. Athletes are paddled by the coaches and others are paddled by the principal. No one at the school chooses Saturday school."
Stats: 121 paddlings were meted out in this district in 2012/2013.
- Texarkana Arkansas School District No 7
Corporal punishment is to be used for minor offenses at the elementary level after other "corrective options" have been tried. For more serious matters, CP is an alternative to four days' ISS, at the discretion of the administrator. At middle and high school level, CP is no longer mentioned as one of the specific alternatives for particular offenses, but it explicitly remains available for grades K through 12. Typical rules about privacy and witnesses.
Near the end of the document (page 117) is a form requiring a "yes" or "no" to "Permission to administer corporal punishment". It has to be signed by the student as well as the parent.
Official state statistics reveal that Texarkana schools delivered 181 paddlings in 2012/2013.
- Two Rivers School District, Plainview
Typical rules about privacy and witnesses. CP is mentioned in particular as a penalty for profanity, insubordination, and pornography. Parents wishing their students not to receive CP must notify the principal in writing each year (there is a form near the back of the document for this purpose). Refusal to be paddled may lead to suspension.
The paddle was deployed here on 123 occasions in 2012/13, according to state figures.
- Valley View Public Schools, Jonesboro
In a hierarchy of penalties applied here, where "suspension from extra-curricular activities" is first, and expulsion last, corporal punishment comes in second. It is specifically mentioned for tobacco use, and, at senior high level, for a second offense of cell phone use. "A student who has received corporal punishment twice, or served two days of suspension, or the combination of corporal punishment and one day suspension the second semester will not be exempt from any semester test."
- Warren School District
At the High School and the Middle School, if parents request that corporal punishment not be used, all teachers will be so informed and will be "urged" to comply, "though adherence is not legally required".
At the Middle School, "refusal to accept corporal punishment" is an offense punishable with in-school suspension. At the Elementary School, students who misbehave while in ISS, or who fail to turn up for an assigned detention, receive corporal punishment or suspension.
All three schools state that paddling must be carried out in private, with an administrator present. Parental approval should be on file. It is no longer specified that CP should preferably not be used until other means of behavior modification have been tried.
State figures indicate that paddling was applied here on 122 occasions in 2012/13.
- West Side Public Schools, Greers Ferry
At the High School, CP must be "administered to the lower posterior only". Three swats, or three days' suspension, is the punishment for fighting ("both parties will be punished"), and for physical display of affection. Paddling (no number of swats specified) is also mentioned as a likely consequence for insubordination or disrespect, disruption, profanity, tobacco, and truancy. On page 32 the parent may tick one of two boxes either to give permission for the use of CP or to "prefer that my child not be paddled", "even though state law allows school officials to use corporal punishment".
At the Elementary School, "1 swat with the paddle" may be given for misbehavior in the cafeteria, and three swats for truancy. Other paddling offenses (no number of swats stipulated) include tobacco, insubordination, and vandalism.
- White County Central School District, Judsonia
CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for fighting. On page 4 is a form for approval or disapproval of CP, to be signed by the parent, or, if the student is aged 18 or over, by the student him- or herself.
- Yellville-Summit School District (New URL)
Corporal punishment may be administered by the Superintendent or designated staff members. There is no mention of parental consent.
A novel provision is that "Adjustments to the disciplinary plan will be made for students who misbehave during the last few weeks of a semester since all options will not be available". Does this mean there are more paddlings at the end of term than at the beginning?
At secondary level, corporal punishment or 3 days' ISS is the consequence for a first offense of truancy -- quite an unusual infraction to single out for special mention as attracting this penalty. For all other offenses, CP features towards the "minor" end of a spectrum of penalties going from "a minimum of a verbal warning to a maximum of expulsion".
- These Arkansas public schools or school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Earle School District (see page 45)
East Poinsett County Schools, Lepanto [DOC]
Jonesboro Public Schools (New URL)
Lawrence County School District, Walnut Ridge
Parkers Chapel School District, El Dorado
Vilonia School District
and see this Aug 2014 news item