ALABAMA: private schools
- Briarwood Christian School, Birmingham [PDF]
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 [PDF] 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".
ALABAMA: public schools
- Alexander City Schools [PDF]
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. I think this is eminently sensible, at any rate for secondary-level students, but one very rarely sees it written down.)
There are various rules about privacy, prior warnings, due process, etc. Most unusually, two different paddles are 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. Furthermore, special education students may be paddled provided the misbehavior is not related to the student's disability (this seems to be an Alabama-wide provision).
See also this Feb 2003 news item, which notes that 35% of Alexander City Middle School's students were paddled in the 2001-02 school year. A school board spokesman was quoted as saying that students may request a paddling instead of suspension (not expulsion). CP was said not to be used at the district's only high school (Benjamin Russell), despite the details of a paddle for that age group being specified in the regulations.
- Athens City Board of Education [PDF]
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.
- Bibb County Schools(covers Brent, Centreville, Randolph, West Blocton, Woodstock) [PDF]
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 [PDF] (New URL)
Corporal punishment is one of the penalties for Class I and Class II offenses, but not for Class III (the most serious). Usual provisions about not being the first line of punishment, privacy, witnesses, record-keeping. 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.
See also, in respect of Boaz High School, this Aug 2004 news item.
- 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) [PDF]
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 Aug 2005 news item in which the principal of W.O. Parmer Elementary, in Greenville, implies that 39 out of 52 incidents of defiance in school year 2004-05 were dealt with by paddling and the other 13 resulted in suspensions because of parental objections to CP.
And see this May 2007 news item, reporting on a change of policy so that ordinary teachers, and no longer just administrators, may spank students.
- Calhoun County Schools (covers Alexandria, Anniston, Jacksonville, Ohatchee, Weaver) [PDF]
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. Typical rules about privacy, witnesses and documentation. 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.
Alexandria Elementary merely mentions that CP (no further details provided) is a possible consequence of misbehavior.
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) [PDF] (New URL)
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) [PDF] (New URL) (Alternative link)
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". Typical rules about privacy, professional witnesses and record-keeping.
- Dale County Schools (covers Ariton, Midland City, Newton, Pinckard, Skipperville)
Corporal punishment may be used here 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.
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 [PDF] (New URL)
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 [PDF] (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 [PDF]
US Department of Education statistics record that about 1,600 students underwent a paddling in this district in 2004-05, or roughly 29% of the total 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 normally be paddled is instead suspended. There are no details of the modus operandi for paddling.
This 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 unexcused tardy within one semester, and for a second dress code violation. On the fifth unexcused 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 strokes specified) may also be used for disrespect, smoking, sexual harassment, misbehavior on the bus, gambling, public displays of affection, threats, 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, among other things; also for using a cell phone in school (3 licks on the first offense). Curiously, CP is NOT to be used for damaging school property or for anything to do with alcohol or drugs.
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 in 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 many other things, displays of affection, sexual harassment, minor parking/driving offenses, fighting, bullying, loitering in parking lots, profanity, gambling, 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 in fact applies at all the schools in the district.
- Florence City Schools [PDF]
This handbook has been revised, and now states that paddling is used for grades K through 6 only. There are rules about due process, witnesses and documentation. CP 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 [PDF]
This district's school handbooks do not seem to be on line. 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.
Disciplinary details for the middle and elementary schools are not currently on line.
- Houston County Schools (covers Ashford, Columbia, Cottonwood, Newton, Webb, and addresses in Dothan that are not in Dothan City district) [PDF]
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. Typical rules about privacy and witnesses. 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, which reports that there were 535 paddlings in Houston County in 2005, and describes 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 -- where, federal statistics estimate, 850 students received a paddling in 2004-05 -- 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.
The archived page for Flat Rock is 1st-grade teacher Nicci Black's Aug 2006 letter to parents, in which she tells them that a child whose "weekly apple" has acquired 4 disciplinary holes will be paddled (1 lick). More than 4 holes in the week brings two licks.
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.
- Jefferson County Schools (covers Adamsville, Bessemer, Brighton, Clay, Dora, Fultondale, Gardendale, Graysville, Hueytown, Irondale, Kimberly, McCalla, Morris, Mount Olive, Pinson, Pleasant Grove, Quinton, Warrior) [PDF]
Paddling on 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. Prior parental approval is not required, but parents' requests to "restrict" the use of CP shall be respected. Typical rules about privacy and witnesses.
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.
And see this Sep 2013 news report mentioning that CP was used 90 times in this district in school year 2011-2012.
- Lamar County Schools [DOC]
Here, 1,095 students were paddled in 2004-05, according to federal figures. The handbook states that corporal punishment is an available penalty at 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 to be "wisely selected". Typical wording about due process, witnesses (the witness should be of the same sex as the student), privacy, etc.
- 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".
- Leeds City Schools [PDF]
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. Failure to return the form is considered to be permission to use CP.
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 should generally be used only after other methods have failed. It 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. Usual rules about privacy and documentation. 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 children to be paddled and that they accept that the alternative may be suspension.
See also, as regards Elkmont School, this May 2005 news item.
- Madison County Schools (covers Gurley, Harvest, Hazel Green, Huntsville (part), Meridianville, New Hope, New Market, Owens Cross Roads, Toney) [PDF]
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 7 to 12, the staff member delivering the punishment must be of the same sex as the student.
See also, in respect of paddlings at Monrovia Middle School (Huntsville) and Sparkman Middle School (Toney), this March 2003 news item.
See also this Sep 2011 news report stating that there were 307 paddlings in Madison County in school year 2010-2011.
- Marion County Schools (covers Bear Creek, Brilliant, Guin, Hackleburg, Hamilton) [PDF]
Paddling here is a possible response to Class I violations (the least serious) and for a first offense in Class II, but not for Class III. It is also specified for misbehavior on the school bus.
This 2009 version of the handbook omits previous language about the paddle in the 2007 and 2008 handbooks, which stated that CP was to be administered only to the buttocks, using a wooden paddle that was smoothly sanded, without cracks or holes. No more than three swats were to given for any one infraction or in any one day. Spanking with the open hand was a permitted alternative. Presumably these provisions still apply, though no longer spelled out.
See also this Oct 2009 news item (with video clip) in which two students and their father speak about paddlings at Brilliant High School.
- Morgan County Schools (covers Danville, Decatur, Eva, Falkville, Joppa, Lacey's Spring, Somerville, Trinity) [PDF] (Alternative link)
For ordinary (Class I and II) offenses, CP (no details provided) may be applied for a second or subsequent offense at elementary level, but on the first offense in secondary school. It is not mentioned in connection with major offenses (fighting, arson, robbery, etc.).
See also this Sep 2004 news item about a 6th-grade boy's public paddling at West Morgan High School in Trinity.
- Mountain Brook Board of Education (covers part of Birmingham outside Birmingham City) [PDF]
Corporal punishment is a last resort. Parental permission is necessary. It shall be administered in the principal's office or a place designated by the principal, and not in the presence of other students.
- Oxford City Schools [PDF]
Corporal punishment (no details given) may be used, with parent notification, in grades K to 12 for minor offenses. It is also available for intermediate offenses in grades K to 8 but apparently not in grades 9 to 12.
At the High School, the penalty for a 4th or subsequent dress code violation is out-of-school suspension, but 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 [DOC]
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.
Lisenby Elementary and Carroll High both confirm that CP is used and provide 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) [PDF]
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) [PDF]
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) [PDF] (New URL)
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 [PDF] (New URL)
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) [PDF]
Corporal punishment here is for unruly pupils after other options have been considered, only by the principal or assistant and not in the presence of other students. Written parental consent is required in advance. There is a maximum of "three spanks per paddling". 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 school year 2010-2011.
- Sylacauga City Schools
Corporal punishment is used when "other procedures have failed". It is administered in private to the student's buttocks with a school-approved paddle, maximum three "licks" in any one day. Another certified teacher must serve as witness.
- 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.
See also, for Edward Bell School in Camp Hill, Horseshoe Bend School in New Site, and Dadeville High School, this June 2003 news item, which reveals inter alia that 48% of the students at Dadeville High were paddled in the 2001-02 school year.
- Tuscaloosa County Schools (covers Brookwood, Buhl, Coker, Cottondale, Duncanville, Fosters, Holt, Northport, Tuscaloosa, Vance)
CP "should follow specific failures of other corrective measures", and, to this end, "teachers should be prepared to provide information concerning alternate corrective measures used". A maximum of three licks may be administered to the student's buttocks, with an "instrument" (it is not actually specified that it must be a paddle) that must be "wisely selected". Care, tact and judgment must be exercised. Typical rules about witnesses, absence of anger, documentation, and parental notification, though nothing about parental consent. The privacy rule is more limited than in many other administrations: CP "shall not be administered in the visual presence of other students", but evidently it's OK if other students hear it -- through an open door or window, perhaps.
Special education students may be paddled, but only after the appropriate committee has been convened to determine that the student's misbehavior in that particular instance is not related to his or her handicap.
Most of the individual schools' websites don't mention punishment; Echols Middle School in Northport says merely that CP is one possible consequence of an office discipline referral.
See also, as regards Collins-Riverside Middle School in Northport, this May 2002 news item and this March 2003 follow-up.
- Walker County Schools (covers Carbon Hill, Cordova, Dora, Goodsprings, Oakman, Parrish, Sipsey, Sumiton, also addresses in Jasper that are not part of Jasper City) [PDF]
Corporal punishment is available for minor and intermediate offenses, but not major ones. It must be administered with "care, tact and caution". If parents object, they must give written notification. Students shall be accorded due process before being spanked. CP must not be given for poor grades or other academic issues. The handbook doesn't go into detail about what the CP involves.
- 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 (New URL)
Lawrence County School System [PDF] and see this April 2006 news item
Muscle Shoals City Schools
Selma City Schools [PDF]
Vestavia Hills City Board of Education (only for grades 6 to 12)
- These Alabama schools or districts are also known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when I 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 2008-2009.
Chilton County Schools -- see this Sep 2013 news item, which states that there were 374 paddlings in year 2011-2012, of which 145 at Thorsby High School.
ARIZONA: public schools
- Round Valley Unified Schools , Springerville
Corporal punishment is one of the "disciplinary consequences", but no details are given. If a student "withdraws from school to avoid disciplinary action" the consequences "must still be fulfilled" before any re-enrollment at a later date.
ARKANSAS: public schools
- Beebe School Board [PDF]
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 Middle School asks parents to sign that they are "especially aware" that paddling is used, and requires them to personally deliver a written request annually to the principal if they wish to opt out. Here, CP may be administered for a second dress code violation and, as an option, for misbehavior on the school bus, fighting, pornography, and stealing, in addition to the offenses for which it is specified in the High School book.
Both schools remind parents that corporal punishment is legally permissible in public schools, with or without parental consent.
The handbook for the two elementary schools states that CP may be used for truancy (second offense), and misbehavior on the bus. There is no mention of student choice in the matter.
Between them, the five Beebe schools meted out 414 official spankings in school year 2012-2013, according to state statistics.
- Benton School Board [PDF]
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."
- Berryville School District
At both High and Middle Schools, CP is specified for a first offense (as an alternative to 3 days' ISS) of numerous violations, including insubordination, bullying, use of cellphones, damaging property, profanity, smoking and gambling, and for a second offense of breach of cafeteria rules, out of bounds or chewing gum. There is a maximum of three swats per spanking, to be delivered by an administrator and witnessed by a principal or teacher.
The rules are broadly similar at the elementary school, but fewer offenses are listed.
See also this July 2005 news item and this Oct 2006 follow-up about a 3-swat paddling for fighting at the elementary school resulting in legal action, even though the parents had chosen CP instead of suspension. The court threw out an accusation of child abuse after the spanked boy, 11, said "it hurt a couple of minutes afterwards but that's all", representing a vindication for the assistant principal and the school, and a defeat for the state "Department of Human Services", which -- disgracefully, in my view, since the punishment clearly fell within the district's rules -- had wanted the teacher placed on the register of child abusers.
139 spankings were delivered by Berryville schools in 2012-2013, state figures reveal.
- Booneville School District
At the Junior High, there is a demerit system. Corporal punishment is an alternative to detentions or Saturday School upon receiving 5 and then 10 demerits. There are standard rules about due process, privacy, documentation and witnesses. CP should be used only after other measures have proved ineffective and after warnings have been given. The implement used must be approved by the principal and maintained in an administrator's office. "Students who refuse the administration of corporal punishment may be suspended until such time that they return to receive assigned punishment." Parents may sign a form (at the end of the handbook) objecting to CP.
The Elementary handbook says broadly similar things, in less detail. Both handbooks remind us that "Arkansas law authorizes any teacher or school administrator to use corporal punishment in a reasonable manner against any pupil".
The High School handbook is not currently on line, but see these video clips from a TV documentary in 2008 showing students there choosing a spanking in the principal's office (three paddle licks) in lieu of Saturday school.
There were 244 paddlings in Booneville schools in academic year 2012-2013, according to state statistics.
- Bryant Public Schools [PDF]
The pan-district handbook lays down (page 92) that any certified district employee may paddle any student. Usual rules about privacy and witnesses. Refusal to undergo corporal punishment may result in suspension.
The handbook covering all seven elementary schools repeats the same information. In addition, "paddling" is specifically mentioned as a consequence for a second infraction of the school bus rules.
The individual handbooks for the high school and the two middle schools make no reference to CP.
See also this March 2011 news item, which says that parents must sign a form before CP can be used.
Arkansas state figures reveal that 291 instances of CP were enacted in school year 2012-2013 in this district.
- Cabot School District [PDF]
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 here, the disciplinary system has changed since previous versions. Corporal punishment is now 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.
There are changes at the high school too. Specific provisions remain valid 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 now 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. There are typical rules about witnesses for CP. Refusal to accept CP may result in suspension. Before the punishment is administered, "the student will be informed that the behavior that resulted in corporal punishment will not be tolerated". Parents may now register their objection to CP on a special form.
- Clarksville School District
At the (senior) High school (grades 9 through 12), CP is mentioned particularly in the case of "group two" offenses such as "bullying", and for a second "group three" (less serious) offense. Also, paddling has been introduced at the High School for being late: where previously the punishment for this was writing essays, students who accumulate six class tardies are now given a choice between corporal punishment and ISS. It is no longer specified that paddling must be directed to the "lower posterior".
Much the same applies at the Junior High, except that paddling can come in at the first "group three" offense. Here, students who accumulate four tardies may choose to be spanked or to serve five days' noon detention.
Kraus Middle School has similar policies but its handbook goes into less detail.
At Pyron Elementary, paddling is specifically mentioned as an alternative to three days' suspension from the school bus for a second bus offense.
- Drew Central School District
Although in Monticello, these schools are not part of Monticello School District. At the High School, after three tardies, a student gets detention, or may choose corporal punishment instead, but only on the first such occasion in each nine weeks.
More generally, students may be paddled if other methods have failed "or in unusual circumstances". Those who refuse to be paddled may be suspended. Parents may now sign a form (on page 3) asking that their student not be paddled.
At the Middle School, there is the same arrangement for exchanging detention hall for a spanking, in this case for the fourth and fifth tardies in a nine-week period. CP is also specifically mentioned here in connection with unsatisfactory conduct in the cafeteria, bullying, fighting, and making threats. There is a maximum of "three licks with a standard paddle". Also, "Refusal to take corporal punishment will result in a three-day suspension from school".
The Elementary School has very similar provisions to the Middle School.
The High School has a lot of photographs on its website. This one taken in the school office was previously there, but has been removed. Note paddle lying on desk -- much too small for the High School, and in fact all three schools share the same address, so probably this is a shared office.
The Drew Central schools administered 351 paddlings in school year 2012-2013, according to state statistics.
- 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 corporal punishment 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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
Here, paddlings must be administered to "the lower posterior", and students who refuse to submit "will be suspended", with no makeup work allowed. However, parents may sign a form requesting exemption from CP.
See also this June 2012 news item (with video clips) about the reintroduction of CP in this district after an earlier abolition.
- Greenbrier Public Schools [PDF]
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 academic year 2012-2013, according to state statistics.
- Hector Public Schools [PDF]
No namby-pamby stuff about 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 [PDF]
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. A second such employee must be present as a witness. It must be done out of the sight and hearing of other students. There seems to be no provision for parental consultation or objections.
See also this Jan 2005 news item.
- Hot Springs School District [PDF]
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 academic year 2012-2013.
- Lonoke School District [PDF]
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.
See also this Oct 2005 news item.
- McGehee School District
At the elementary school, "a paddling from the teacher will be administered at the teacher's discretion". CP is specifically mentioned as a penalty for sexual harassment. Pupils get a one-day suspension if their parents will not let the school paddle them. At both schools, officials are not required to conduct formal hearings prior to administering corporal punishment. Refusal to submit to the paddle may mean suspension.
Between them, the three McGehee schools supplied 489 official spankings in the 2012-2013 school year, state statistics disclose.
- Malvern School District
At the High School (grades 9 through 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 arguing/conflict between students, a second offense of cheating, gambling, insubordination, disruption, truancy or disrespect, a first offense of fighting, profanity, 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.
See also this April 2004 news item.
There were 267 paddlings in this district in school year 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.
- Osceola School District [PDF]
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. Typical rules about documentation, privacy and witnesses. Parents wishing their student not to be paddled must make a written request to that effect annually. Students who refuse to be paddled 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 [PDF]
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 a choice of taking 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" (not "may") result in suspension. More or less identical wording is to be found in the elementary, middle and junior high handbooks.
- Prescott School District
At McRae Middle, the paddle may be applied upon any referral to the principal's office, and is mentioned in particular for all tardies from the third onwards in each semester, five or more detention assignments, and repeated dress code violations.
There is also a High School and an Elementary School, but their handbooks seem not to be on line.
See also this June 2005 news item and this Oct 2005 follow-up.
- Searcy School District
At the High School, there is a maximum of three licks per paddling. Students who refuse CP "will" (not "may") be suspended. Corporal punishment is NOT allowed as an alternative to Detention Hall.
There is identical language at the Junior High and Middle schools.
Arkansas official figures reveal that the paddle was wielded on 385 occasions in this district in school year 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 [PDF]
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 the year 2012-2013.
- Spring Hill School District, Hempstead County
Here, corporal punishment may be the consequence of damage to property or theft, gambling (first offense), "general misbehavior", and profanity (first offense). Typical rules about privacy, due process and witnesses. 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 yet another mother complaining after her 13-year-old son was given a paddling to which she had previously consented.
State statistics indicate that 121 paddlings occurred in this district in school year 2012-2013.
- Texarkana Arkansas School District No 7 [PDF]
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 academic year 2012-2013.
- Two Rivers School District, Plainview [PDF]
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 academic year 2012-2013, according to state figures.
- 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 school year 2012-2013.
- West Side Public Schools, Greers Ferry [PDF]
Any certified employee may administer corporal punishment. Usual rules about witnesses, privacy and due process. Refusal to accept CP may result in suspension.
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, vandalism.
- White County Central School District, Judsonia (New URL)
Usual rules about privacy and witnesses. 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.
See also this Dec 2001 news item.
- Yellville-Summit School District [PDF]
Corporal punishment may be administered by the Superintendent or designated staff members. Usual rules about due process, privacy and witnesses. 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 perhaps 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)
and see this May 2005 news item
East Poinsett County Schools, Lepanto [DOC]
and see this March 2005 news item and this April 2005 follow-up
Lawrence County School District, Walnut Ridge
and see this June 2005 news item
Trumann School District (New URL)
Waldron School District [PDF]