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TENNESSEE: private schools
- Calvary Baptist School, Dayton
Methods of discipline may include the use of corporal punishment, to be administered in the presence of the principal. Parents not wishing CP to be used must inform both the school office and the classroom teacher in a signed and dated written statement.
See also the "Statement of Cooperation", which a parent must sign and, in 7th through 12 grade, the student also. This gives permission for any school staff to administer CP if necessary. "We understand that we will be called and can administer said punishment ourselves, but must come to the school to do so."
- Christ's Legacy Academy, Athens New!
Very detailed provisions here: "Corporal punishment should be administered in the Head of School's office with a wooden paddle [...] The child's clothes will remain in place. Generally, there should be 3 swats on the bottom, while the student's hands are placed on the table in front of them." This form of discipline is for serious or repeated offenses.
- Covenant Baptist Academy, Sweetwater
In grades 5 through 12, a fourth dress code violation incurs a paddling AND detention.
- Faith Christian Academy, Jamestown
At this K-12 school, "Paddling or suspension up to three days as prescribed by the discipline committee" may be used to "achieve the proper behavior and attitude of a student".
- Family Christian School, Denmark
"Paddling will be an option for severe offenses such as fighting, disrespect to authority or defiance. It will also be an option for lesser offenses when other methods have been tried and found not to be effective in curtailing repetition of the problem behavior." CP is to be given in the Administration Office, with a maximum of three swats.
- Highland Rim Christian Academy, Tullahoma (Alternative link)
"Anyone caught cheating will be dealt with quickly and firmly. It will result in corporal correction." So will stealing. Corporal discipline may also be used for lack of respect, vandalism, and multiple lesser offenses. In this event there are now two options. Under Option A, the parent "is required to come to the school and to spank the child in the presence of the Principal or Administrator, or a staff member of the same sex as the child". Failure to do this may result in the child's expulsion. If the parent chooses Option B, it is left to the principal to decide to paddle the student, max. three "firm" strokes.
- Memphis Academy of Health Sciences
This unusual and oddly-named institution is a charter middle and high school founded in 2003 by "100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc." and seems to be entirely African-American in its staff and students. The school's discipline policy involves a weekly meeting for each grade level, conducted by the principal, at which students on the disciplinary list for that week receive a paddling in front of the other students. It is fairly remarkable that the school does this, and commendably transparent that it explicitly says so. This process "has had a tremendous impact on students' behavior and understanding of what is and is not acceptable behavior at MAHS".
See also this page about the Honor Code in which corporal punishment is described as "Mr. Wood".
See also this Feb 2009 news item and this March 2009 follow-up (with video clip).
And see this June 2013 news report, which clarifies that boys are paddled across the rear, while girls receive lashes on the hands with a leather strap.
- Memphis Business Academy High School
Another strange name for what is in fact just a school. Ludicrously, it refers to its students as "executives". Corporal punishment, with parental consent, may be administered for any second offense.
- Seymour Community Christian School
In grades 1-6, for a fifth offense, "The child will be spanked". In grades 7-12, "All paddling will be done with the approval of the administrator and a staff member will be present".
See also the Application form, which makes it clear that there is no possibility of parental opt-out from CP.
- These Tennessee private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Cottage Grove School, Cottage Grove New!
West End Academy, Knoxville
TENNESSEE: public schools
- Anderson County Schools (covers Andersonville, Briceville, Clinton, Heiskell, Lake City, Norris, Oliver Springs, Powell)
Any teacher or principal may use corporal punishment "with prior parent/guardian notification". It is listed as a possible consequence for most offenses on the second or third offense.
- Benton County Schools, Camden
This is the form that teachers must fill out each time CP is used. The student must be asked "Is there any reason you cannot be paddled? Have you been paddled today by someone else?". There is a maximum of three swats.
- Decatur County Schools
In this district, any teacher may use corporal punishment, but it must be witnessed by the principal. It must be "in proportion to the gravity of the offense, the apparent motive and disposition of the offender, and the influence of the offender's example and conduct on others".
The Riverside High handbook (grades 9 through 12) frankly states that CP is "used by the school on a regular basis", which makes a welcome change from the "last resort" rhetoric that some schools rather unconvincingly employ. The purpose of the paddle is that it "eliminates students from missing class in suspension or alternative school. It is an immediate punishment and is a way to return the student to class quickly with very little class time lost." There is a maximum of three licks per paddling. Also, "Corporal punishment will be administered at the student's or parent's request". Conversely, parents may request exemption by filling in the form on page 30, but in that case the alternative will be "in-school suspension, alternative school placement, or out of school expulsion". Such students are asked to "remind the principal that they are on the list not to receive corporal punishment".
Handbooks for the middle and elementary schools do not appear to be available.
- Fayetteville City Schools
This school board's Policy Manual states that CP is a disciplinary option for misbehaviors at levels I, II and III, but not at level IV (the most serious). It does not have to be administered by the principal, but he or she must approve the instrument used. There are rules about witnesses, proportionality and documentation. I can find no reference to parental consultation or approval.
At the elementary school, corporal punishment may be used in extreme cases of misconduct.
The Intermediate handbook simply states that CP may be used in accordance with school board policy.
See also this slightly weird Nov 2005 news item, which if nothing else serves to confirm that a paddle exists in the Intermediate School principal's office.
- Franklin County School District, Winchester
Corporal punishment here may be used for misbehaviors at levels I, II and III, but not level IV (the most serious). It shall be administered by any teacher "in the office area".
See also this May 2014 news report that the school board had decided to retain the paddle.
- Gibson County School District (covers Dyer, Medina, Rutherford, Trenton, Yorkville)
This policy states that CP may be used for lesser offenses (levels I and II) but not the more serious ones (levels III and IV). This separate page of the document provides that a parental conference must be held before the paddling is inflicted.
- Greene County Schools (covers Afton, Chuckey, Greeneville, Mohawk, Mosheim)
Corporal punishment should be used only when less stringent measures have failed. Parental objections to CP are honored.
- Hamilton County Schools (covers Apison, Birchwood, Chattanooga, Harrison, Hixson, Lookout Mountain, Ooltewah, Sale Creek, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy)
CP is for use only after several other methods have been tried. Parents may request a written explanation after the fact, but there is no mention of their being able to object in advance.
See also this April 2008 news item (with video clip) about a paddling at Richard Hardy Elementary School in Chattanooga, and this Oct 2013 news item describing the method used for paddling at Orchard Knob Middle School.
- Haywood County Schools, Brownsville
At the High School, CP is one of only three "disciplinary responses for administrators" in the case of Level I offenses ("minor misbehavior"), the others being Saturday School (4 hours) and 15 days' ISS. Nothing about parental contact. The Middle School uses identical language.
- Hickman County Schools (covers Centerville, Lyles)
In grades K-8 only, corporal punishment is available on parental request. In grades K-4, no student will receive more than 3 licks per day. In grades 5-8, parents may choose paddling instead of detention. In this case, six demerits in a 6-week period brings two licks, and 9 demerits three licks. Oddly, there is no CP for grades 9-12.
- Jackson-Madison County School Board (covers Denmark, Jackson, Pinson)
The principal shall contact the parent before any instance of paddling. It should be used only if "less stringent" measures have failed. There are a lot of bureaucratic rules about documentation. No employee may be compelled to use CP. Parents may indicate annually in writing that CP should not be used.
Liberty Technology Magnet High School (grades 9 through 12) simply states that "corporal punishment/paddling by principal" is available for misbehaviors at Levels I, II and II, i.e. all except the most serious.
North Side High School just repeats the CP information in the pan-district policy document.
- Lake County Board of Education
The pan-district Board Policy document says that CP may be applied for misbehaviors at levels I, II and II, but not level IV (the most serious).
However, the High School handbook (grades 9 through 12) mentions paddling only in connection with the least serious offenses, those handled by the classroom teacher rather than by referral to the office. This is the exact opposite of practice at many schools nowadays. "Students refusing corporal punishment will be automatically suspended for up to two days."
Other schools in the district do not specifically mention CP.
- Lebanon Special School District
Here, CP is reserved for "extreme cases". The maximum "number of contacts with the paddle" has been reduced from four to an unusually low two. It must be given with "an appropriate wooden paddle across the buttocks and in no other manner", and is not to be administered in anger. Parents may object in writing. Students may be given a choice between CP and an alternative disciplinary measure.
- McNairy County Schools (covers Adamsville, Bethel Springs, Michie, Ramer, Selmer)
Teachers and principal alike may use CP for minor or major misbehaviors. It is given with a wooden paddle, before a witness, and consists of a maximum of three "licks" on the buttocks. The student may be given a choice between paddling or some other punishment that the teacher deems appropriate. CP is also mentioned as an option for level III (relatively serious) bus violations, but only where the bus driver has filled out the appropriate form, in which case the principal administers the paddling on the bus driver's behalf.
- Marshall County Schools (covers Chapel Hill, Cornersville, Lewisburg)
Any teacher may deliver a paddling.
At Cornersville, a "set" of tardies is three tardies. For the first set, students receive "3 early morning detentions or 3 corporal punishments". This is a bit ambiguous, but according to local sources it doesn't mean three paddle swats, it means nine swats spread over three days. The second set of tardies brings four detentions or four "corporal punishments". For the third set (i.e. on the 9th tardy), the penalty is five detentions or five Cps. CP is also the only stated consequence for a first and second set of demerits, each set consisting of eight demerits.
- Moore County Schools, Lynchburg New!
At the High School, CP is one of the possible responses to Level I, Level II or Level III misbehavior. "Parents may request in writing other options of punishment."
- Putnam County Schools (covers Algood, Baxter, Cookeville, Monterey)
Any teacher may apply corporal punishment "in a reasonable manner", the instrument to be used requiring approval by the principal. According to a separate "discipline procedures" document, CP is a suggested response for offenses at levels I, II and III but not level IV (the most serious). There are rules about witnesses and record-keeping; nothing about parental consultation or approval.
At Monterey High (grades 9-12), CP may be administered for a first or subsequent "major violation" (disruption, forgery, fighting, tobacco, etc.). In previous versions, paddling came into play only at the second such offense.
White Plains Academy (formerly Dry Valley) is a K-12 "sin bin" where "paddling" is one of the possible consequences for failure to obey the strict rules.
See also this May 2007 news item about a paddling at Algood Elementary School.
- Rutherford County Board of Education, Murfreesboro
Principals and Assistant Principals may use CP. There are no details of the modus operandi. Parents must fill in a form every year stating either that they do not give consent for CP, or that they do, in which case they must also say whether or not they want to be contacted beforehand.
- Scott County Schools (covers Huntsville, Oneida, Robbins, Winfield) New!
Corporal punishment may be administered "against any student" for offenses at Levels I, II and III, i.e. everything except the most serious.
See also this Feb 2015 news item.
- Sumner County Schools
CP may be inflicted for misbehaviors at Levels I, II and III, but not Levels III or IV (the most serious).
At White House High, paddling must take place in an administrator's office "and only with the student's concurrence".
See also this Oct 2014 news item stating that 135 students received corporal punishment in Sumner County in 2011/12.
- Tipton County Schools (covers Brighton, Covington, Drummonds, Munford)
In the student handbook for the district as a whole, corporal punishment features at steps 1 and 2 of the discipline procedure. It is also an option at step 1 of the separate bus discipline ladder. Any teacher may paddle, with a witness.
In Brighton High's local handbook, CP is mentioned only in connection with tobacco use.
Official statistics indicate that some 1,580 students were paddled in Tipton County in 2004/05, but it is a large district, so that is only about 14% of the student roll.
- Alvin C. York Institute, Jamestown [DOC] (New URL)
At this rural mountain high school, corporal punishment must be administered "in the front office" by the Dean of Students or a teacher, and is one of several disciplinary options for Level I or II offenses (but apparently no longer, as in an earlier version, also for Level III offenses).
- These Tennessee public schools or school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Arlington Community Schools (and see this March 2014 news item)
Bledsoe County Schools
Carter County Schools, Elizabethton
Elizabethton City Schools (and see this Oct 2013 news item)
Hancock County Schools, Sneedville
Johnson County Schools, Mountain City (and see this Oct 2013 news item)
Loudon County Schools (and see this Dec 2007 news item and video clip)
Macon County Schools (covers Lafayette, Red Boiling Springs, Westmoreland) (and see this Oct 2014 news item)
Meigs County Schools, Decatur
Perry County Schools (covers Linden, Lobelville) (and see this Sep 2007 news item and video clip)
Robertson County Schools, Springfield
Sevier County Schools
Swain County Schools, Bryson City (and see this Oct 2014 news item)
Unicoi County Schools, Erwin
Union City Schools
Union County Public Schools, Maynardville
Washington County Schools, Jonesborough
White County Schools, Sparta
- These Tennessee public schools or school districts are known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or are not on line at all:
Cumberland County Schools -- see this July 2012 news item (with video clip)
Graham County Schools, Robbinsville -- see this Oct 2014 news item
Henry County Schools -- see this Dec 2009 news item (with video clip)
TEXAS: private schools
- Azle Christian School
At this Junior High and High School, the consequence for a first offense in a nine-week period is "Morning detention the next day from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.". For the second offense it is simply "3 swats". Beyond that, the student is suspended.
- Bracken Christian School, Bulverde
When paddling is required, parents are asked to come to the school to administer it, or they may ask the principal to do the job. In that event, "three swats will be administered". This appears to apply only at the elementary level: there is no mention of CP at the High School.
- Brentwood Christian School (Elementary), Austin
Spanking is administered in the principal's office with a witness, but only when parents have agreed to it, and not for students under age five.
- Central Christian Academy, Houston [DOC]
At this K through 12th school, "if paddling is agreed upon [...] the child will be paddled on his/her posterior. It will cause pain, but not bodily injury, aside from redness and irritation". Parents must sign that "I have read the above and agree to support the school in its policy of corporal punishment without reservation and personally pledge my support to this scriptural approach to discipline".
- Cornerstone Academy, Amarillo
At this K-12 Christian school, "Scriptural discipline (paddling)" appears to be the default punishment. After it is applied, a "Corporal Correction Report" is sent to the parents. "A child's training can not be completed without at least the occasional necessity of Scriptural discipline." There is a maximum of three swats with a flat wooden paddle. 18 offenses are listed for which a paddling is the consequence.
- Christian Life Center Academy, Humble
This is an application form on which parents must sign that they "support the school in its policy of corporal correction without reservation". "Two firm strokes" are administered with a "simple, flat paddle".
- East Texas Christian School, Longview
CP is used at this K-12 school if parental permission is on file. The office attempts to notify the parent so that parents may, if they wish, come to the office to do the paddling themselves. "Otherwise, one to three swats are given by the principal or assistant principal."
See also this Feb 2007 news item.
- Gateway Christian School, San Antonio
"Students may be paddled for any immoral behavior". "For a third offense of incomplete homework the student will receive either 7 demerits or a paddling." CP is also a consequence for fighting.
Parents must sign a form to say that they accept the corporal punishment policy "without reservation". Students of sixth grade and above "will be paddled by a staff member of the same sex".
- Grace Academy, Georgetown
See page 17. A wooden paddle is used, normally two swats. Every effort is made to contact the parent. Parents who notify their disagreement with CP must supply two emergency contacts besides themselves who can come to the school immediately to take the child home.
- Grace Academy, Tyler
"Where a problem persists and there is no behavioral change, a child will be sent to see the assistant principal ... If no progress is made ... the parent will be called to the school to administer a spanking".
- Humble Christian School, Humble
This K-12 school "reserves the right to paddle a student when, in the opinion of the Principal, it is necessary. A signed Corporal Correction authorization is a necessary part of the enrollment process. Parents may be given the opportunity to administer the corporal correction themselves". There is a maximum of three swats. Paddling comes after "probation" but before suspension in order of seriousness.
- Liberty Christian School, Argyle
Corporal punishment may be used at Upper, Middle and Lower levels, but not in the kindergarten. Upper School students (grades 9 through 12) committing a third through sixth "Level I" offense will receive detention, CP, or a combination of the two. The same applies for a first "Level II" offense. At the Middle School, CP may be "issued" for any "somewhat serious offense". At the Lower School, "it is possible that corporal punishment will be exercised [sic] when other methods of correction have failed".
- Lifegate Christian School, Seguin
Here, spanking at the elementary and middle schools occurs when it is felt to be appropriate, with parental consent. It is not to exceed three swats. At the middle school level, CP appears to be a money-saving alternative to Saturday School (since for the latter the parents are charged $50). It is not mentioned for the high school.
- Llano Christian Academy
At this K-10 school, "a signed Corporal Correction authorization is a necessary part of the enrollment process. Parents may be given the opportunity to administer the corporal correction themselves." There is a maximum of three strokes. The handbook also states, all in bold caps, that "CORPORAL PUNISHMENT MAY BE APPLIED AT ANY LEVEL OF DISCIPLINE".
- Longview Christian School
This K-12 school reserves the right to corporally punish any student. The parents are contacted beforehand. Paddling is listed as one of the consequences for "major infractions". See also the Corporal Correction Release, which states that "a personal, neutral object" is used for correction. The parents must sign that they support the CP policy "without reservation", or alternatively that they will come to the school to administer a paddling themselves.
See also this Feb 2007 news item, quoting the principal as saying that paddling is an acceptable last-resort punishment for rebellious behavior.
- Lubbock Christian School
"7th-12th Grade Disciplinary Procedures", which parents must sign in order for their student to be enrolled, states that various "undesirable behaviors" will result in 1 to 3 days' suspension "and corporal punishment in addition to the suspension". These offenses include fireworks, disrespect and truancy. "Students and parents will not be able to barter for corporal punishment in lieu of suspension."
- New Hope Christian Academy, Ore City
"Paddling" is the only consequence listed at this K-12 school for cheating, lying, filthy language, fighting, disrespect and defiance.
The "Disciplinary action release" contained in the enrollment pack, where parents must sign that they support the discipline policy without reservation, stipulates a maximum of three firm strokes with a simple flat paddle.
- Odessa Christian School New!
"If corporal punishment is deemed necessary, the person administering it will use a paddle, an instrument accepted as appropriate for child discipline." Parents can elect whether to be notified prior to their student being spanked, but are not given the opportunity to opt out.
- Plainview Christian Academy, Plainview
"Physical discipline is advocated in the Book of Proverbs" and this school, covering Pre-K through 12th grade, reserves the right to use paddling for boys and girls. Parents are asked to come to the school to carry it out, or they may delegate this task to administrative staff. In 5th and 6th grades, "one swat" (or 2 days campus cleanup duty) is the penalty for accumulating one demerit point, and "two swats" for 2 points. At the High School (grades 7 through 12), 1 demerit point in six weeks brings "two swats or 4 days campus cleanup duty" in addition to one week on cafeteria duty. There is also a "late paper policy", under which students submitting late work receive two swats on the fourth occasion in any one class, and another two swats on every subsequent instance of late work.
- Porter Christian Academy
"Corporal Correction or Suspension is a level 3 form of discipline. Depending on the severity of the student violation, levels 1 and 2 can be skipped and the principal reserves the right to proceed immediately to level 3." Paddling is given by the Principal or Supervisor only. "In this way, parents are assured that sufficient review has been made prior to correction so that consistency is maintained." Parents may choose to administer CP themselves, "which is required to be done at Porter Christian Academy within two (2) days of the offense".
- Rolling Hills Christian Academy, Forth Worth
Parents must fill out a Corporal Correction Release. Parents who "strongly insist that they want to use spanking as a form of discipline" are advised to come to the school and administer the swats themselves when needed.
- Round Rock Christian Academy, Round Rock
At this school for grades K through 12, corporal discipline is never given without parental notification and consent. It is administered for repeated disobedience, "in a way that brings honor to the Lord and guards the dignity of the student". There is a maximum of three swats.
- San Jacinto Christian Academy, Amarillo
"Corporal discipline" will be carried out by a parent or by school personnel; the school has full discretion in the matter. Every parent must sign an authorization for the school to spank. Each spanking is witnessed and documented. In particular, CP is likely to follow three detentions.
- Town East Christian School, San Antonio
"Corporal correction" here consists of "a reasonable number of firm swats" with "a simple, flat wooden paddle". If repentance does not ensue, there may be further discipline. After three paddlings there is an automatic one-day suspension. After nine paddlings the student is expelled for the rest of the year. Swats are automatic if lines are given and not done.
- Trinity Lutheran School, Klein
Here, "giving swats with a paddle is the only form of corporal punishment". Parental consent is required. "There will always be two adults present and no other pupils".
- Waller Christian Academy New!
This K-8 school says "In effort to assist your family in raising a child to be obedient to God and those entrusted in his authority, WCA practices the use of corporal punishment as a means of behavioral correction." Parental consent must be given in writing.
- The following Texas private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Calvary Baptist Academy, New Braunfels
Faith Christian Academy, Palmhurst [DOC]
San Angelo Christian Academy (and see also this Aug 2010 news item)
TEXAS: public schools
(1) "ISD" = Independent School District
(2) This section no longer mentions when handbooks state that parents may opt out of CP, since that is now Texas law for all public schools.
(3) Where paddling statistics are cited, they come from the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights online database, unless otherwise stated.
- Alto ISD
Stats: In 2000/01 and 2004/05 no students at Alto High School were paddled. The district was not included during the next two survey years, but in 2011/12 the paddle was back in use, with 22 boys receiving swats on one or more occasion.
- Alvarado ISD
Standard Texas language in the pan-district policy document, now including a same-sex requirement for paddling.
The latest version of the secondary handbook sets out the corporal punishment policy at page 72. Students may be given a choice between a spanking and other disciplinary measures. Paddles "will not be generally displayed".
See also this March 2011 news item, stating that CP was used 107 times in the district in the 2009/10 school year, and that all parents are contacted before the discipline is administered.
In this May 2011 news item (with video clip), a recently paddled student aged 13 describes the procedure ("they bend you over a chair and they pop you twice"), and the superintendent observes that it is usually the student him- or herself who asks for CP rather than be put in the "alternative classroom". In the video, it is stated that most of the spanking in Alvarado ISD takes place in the senior high school.
This Sep 2012 news item (with video clip) adds that CP is not used at the elementary level in Alvarado. A senior who has been spanked on several occasions at the High School is quoted as saying "it does hurt pretty bad". Most paddlings are for relatively minor infractions such as being tardy, and "three pops" are usually offered in lieu of other punishment. The High School principal shows his paddle to the camera.
See also this Dec 2012 news item, which confirms that there is no CP at all at the elementary school.
Stats: At Alvarado Junior High School, in 2009/10, five boys and no girls were paddled, and during 2011/12, only two boys and no girls were paddled. The picture is different at the (senior) high school (grades 9 through 12). There, 60 boys, and no girls, were paddled on at least one occasion in 2009/10. It what appears now from several examples to be part of a growing trend in Texas, two years later spanking was extended to the high-school girls. In 2011/12, 73 boys and 31 girls received swats on one or more occasion.
- Amherst ISD
At the Junior High and High schools, the punishment for the fourth tardy in a semester is 1 swat. For the fifth tardy it is two swats, and for the 6th and 7th tardy it is three swats each time. No alternative penalty is offered.
See also this Nov 2014 news report mentioning that the district has a "CP rate" of 47%.
- Anton ISD
At the junior high and high school, corporal punishment may be given for a first offense of bullying, and for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th office referral for any offense as an alternative to varying amounts of detention.
- Aransas County ISD, Rockport-Fulton
A same-sex requirement here was introduced in 2011 and abolished in 2014.
In athletics, the paddle may be used in minor cases of hazing or horseplay. In previous versions only boys could be so disciplined under this provision, but that restriction has been removed.
Stats: No students were spanked at Rockport-Fulton High School during the first decade of this century (2000/01, 2006/07 and 2009/10 were the years surveyed). But in 2011/12, 10 boys and 2 girls received swats on one or more occasion. One of a number of examples of Texas high schools bringing back the paddle.
- Arp ISD
The elementary school document states that CP is a possible consequence for Level I and Level II offenses.
At secondary level, the Campus Discipline Plan for Level 1 offenses (the most minor) involves a choice between paddling and "SAC" at the 4th, 7th, 10th and 14th offense in each semester (the intervening offenses are dealt with by D-Hall). Offenses at Level II may also attract a spanking. In addition, "Corporal punishment can be substituted for detention, in-school suspension, Saturday school, or alternative placement at the discretion of the Principal or their [sic] designee".
Stats: No students were given swats at Arp High School in 2009/10. Two years later, 33 boys and 9 girls received paddlings on one or more occasion. This (re)introduction of CP coincided with a remarkable reduction in the use of in-school suspension. During 2009/10, 105 students at the high school were put in ISS, but when swats were added to the disciplinary mix only 35 students received ISS. This may be an example of how spankings can keep high-school students in class, where they learn more.
- Avinger ISD
Corporal punishment may be applied for a first offense of truancy, smoking, public display of affection, or forgery; and for a second offense of minor classroom disruption, office referral from a substitute teacher, insubordination, defiance, horseplay, teasing, or being out of class without a pass. In most of these cases, the punishment is specified as 3 swats. This is a much longer list of spankable offenses than in earlier versions of the handbook.
- Baird ISD
This is unusual in that the parental form (p.7) states not that parents can sign it to opt their student out of CP, but rather that if they want to opt out they have to send a separate letter to the school, and the only effect of signing the form is to authorize paddling.
- Bandera ISD
The acknowledgement form reveals that corporal punishment is administered at the Middle School and High School only. Bandera is thus like Alvarado ISD, Salado ISD and Springtown ISD in that paddling is not used at the elementary schools.
- Beaumont ISD
Here, a rule that the person carrying out the punishment must be of the same sex of the student was revoked in 2013.
At Vincent, students who fail to wear their ID at all times "will receive corporal punishment or SAC".
See also news items from Aug 2008 and May 2012. According to the latter report, the paddle was used 546 times in Beaumont schools in the first 9 months of 2011/12, for a total enrollment of 19,817. Of these spankings, 207 took place at South Park Middle School. The article also describes the two-swat disciplining of a 17-year-old footballer at Ozen High School by his coach for failing grades in fall 2011, a punishment the youth agreed had had the desired effect. It was one of 54 paddlings at this grade 9 through 12 school in the first nine months of the year.
See also this Nov 2014 news report (with video clip) stating that the new Superintendent of Beaumont ISD wanted to abolish CP.
(Below: Football at Ozen High School in 2012 -- Beaumont Enterprise website)
- Beckville ISD New!
"Teachers will have the option of administering corporal punishment" for Class I offenses. CP is not mentioned in respect of more serious violations. In grades 9 through 12, paddling is specifically provided for a fourth or fifth tardy as an alternative to lunch detention.
- Big Spring ISD
Two items are of interest in the package of forms. One, the student referral form, requiring the Administrator to enter for each paddling the number of swats and the name of the witness; this must also be signed by the parent. The other item is the student permission form, where parents whose students are NOT to be paddled must certify that "I agree to pick up my child within 30 minutes after I have been called". This form has to be signed by the student as well as the parent.
For student athletes, "the Athletic Director has discretion to assess penalties [...] including corporal punishment, physical conditioning, suspension, and/or removal from the athletic program".
At the Junior High School, "swats" (no quantity specified) are the penalty for the fourth, fifth and sixth tardy in a semester. The alternative in each case is afternoon detention.
The (senior) High School does not offer an explicit paddling option for tardies, but does permit CP in general. Federal statistics show that 66 male and 15 female students received at least one spanking there in school year 2011/12.
At Moss Elementary, "Corporal discipline shall be administered in the principal's office". An unusual provision is that it "shall not be administered for lack of quality or quantity of school work performed unless the parent, teacher, and principal have agreed that such action would be in the best interest of the child".
- Blum ISD
Corporal punishment here is no longer confined to the least serious offenses. The form on which parents state whether or not they consent to CP has to be signed by the student as well as the parent.
See also these minutes of a School Board meeting (Dec 2011) at which it was decided to rescind previous language requiring the person administering CP to be of the same sex as the student, so now lady teachers may spank boys and male teachers may spank girls.
See also this Dec 2006 news item about the "sting of the football coach's paddle".
- Bovina ISD (New URL)
In January 2015 this district abolished its same-sex requirement for paddling.
Stats: No Bovina High School students were paddled during 2009/10. Two years later the paddle was in use, with 10 students receiving swats on at least one occasion at BHS.
- Brazosport ISD (covers Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Richwood)
Here, the student being disciplined is invited to say if there is any "family or medical" reason why he/she should not be paddled.
- Breckenridge ISD
At the (senior) High School, the only mention of CP is for tardiness: one swat, or two days' detention, on the third tardy per six weeks.
The Junior High handbook says that teachers, as well as the principal and assistant principal, may paddle.
At South Elementary, a student who fails to show up for detention gets one day of ISS or one paddle swat. Paddling is also mentioned for misbehavior in ISS. As at the High School, the penalty for a third tardy is two days in D-Hall or one swat, but also, for a fourth tardy, it is 3 days' D-hall or two swats.
- Brenham ISD
The High School campus improvement plan 2013/14 notes that paddlings increased to 132 from 110 the previous year, and that "students are gaining an understanding of discipline expected at BHS".
See also, as regards Alton Elementary School, this Feb 2009 news item.
- Brookeland ISD New!
A very unusual provision at the High School and Junior High: "If a parent has signed a waiver of corporal punishment, then that parent may be required to come to the school within a reasonable timeframe to administer the corporal punishment personally". For a third referral of a Level I offense (tardy, dress code, etc.) the stated consequence is "3 pops or 3 after-school detentions".
Stats: No paddling was recorded in 2000/01. The next time the district was surveyed, for the 2011/12 school year, 15 boys and 4 girls received spankings on one or more occasion.
- A.W. Brown-Fellowship Charter School, Dallas
Corporal punishment is an appropriate consequence for all code of conduct violations, but may be administered only by an administrator, with a witness.
- Brownsboro ISD
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district board policy document.
"1 day ISS or 2 swats" is the penalty at the High School (grades 9-12) for a fifth minor discipline violation.
- Brownwood ISD
In 2004 this district reintroduced paddling after a lapse of 8 years. It is "used at the discretion of the campus principal" for level II or III offenses but not levels I, IV, V or VI. Parental permission is required.
See also this March 2011 newsletter, reporting an increase in the use of paddling at Brownwood and a sharp fall in disciplinary incidents from 663 to 313.
See also this Feb 2012 news item referring to Brownwood High School.
- Bryson ISD [DOC]
Students who are exempted from CP by parental waiver may be put in DAEP placement instead. "Unacceptable behavior" attracts a choice of one paddle swat or one day's detention; the same goes for dress code violations. For "failure to follow a directive" the choice is two swats or two days' detention. "Serious or persistent unacceptable behavior" and "unacceptable language" both bring a choice of 2 swats and one day, or 3 days' detention. There is also a complicated disciplinary points system. "If points are assigned, the student will be advised of any point(s) assigned, updated on their overall point total, and given the choice to serve detention or receive corporal punishment for the infraction."
- Buffalo ISD New!
This is Buffalo in Texas, not the famous Buffalo, which is in New York State.
At the High School, CP may be used for Level I offenses, including "minor disruptions" (tardy, chewing gum, out of seat), violation of class rules, and public display of affection; and for Level II offenses including persistent Level I offenses, disrespect, cheating, being in a non-designated area without permission (parking lot, wrong building), profanity, etc.
Stats: In 2011/12, paddlings were administered to 25 boys and 6 girls on one or more occasion at Buffalo High School.
- Buna ISD -- Board Policy
The pan-district Student Handbook says that CP is one of the possible consequences of misbehavior.
The High School athletic handbook states that corporal punishment (no details provided) is one of the discipline techniques that coaches may administer to sports team members.
See also this May 2012 news item, noting there were 93 paddlings at Buna schools in the first 9 months of 2011/12; and see this Nov 2014 news item.
- Calallen ISD, Corpus Christi (New URL)
The High School has newly introduced corporal punishment in its handbook for the 2015/16 school year. There was no mention of CP for grades 9 through 12 in earlier versions. At the same time, the district formally adopted an "opt-in" policy for CP as part of its board policy, rather than the more common "out-out" system. It also rescinded an earlier same-sex guideline, so that an administrator may now paddle a student of the opposite sex.
See also this Feb 2011 news item, according to which Calallen ISD was already using the opt-in method in practice.
Stats: During 2000/01, 2004/05, 2009/10 and 2011/12 (the only years surveyed), Callallen High School gave no paddlings. So this is another Texas high school that now has decided to provide a spanking option for the first time in many years.
- Calhoun County ISD (covers Port Lavaca, Port O'Connor, Seadrift)
Typical Texas wording, with a same-sex requirement.
At Calhoun High (grades 9-12), students are offered a spanking in lieu of detention or ISS. "The normal exchange rate is one swat per detention, two swats per day of ISS." A first offense of misconduct in ISS itself is punished by an additional day of ISS or two swats. "Parents will be encouraged to allow corporal punishment so that the student can return to ISS the rest of the day. If corporal punishment is not used, the student will be assigned another full day of ISS."
- Calvert ISD
Students may be paddled for a third, fourth or fifth tardy.
Members of sports teams placed in ISS or DAEP "can expect discipline that may include corporal punishment".
See also this Nov 2014 news item, according to which 31% of the students in the district were officially spanked in 2011/12.
- Cameron ISD
At the Junior High School, paddling may be applied for Category 2 and 3 offenses, but not for Category 1 (the least serious) or 4 (the most serious).
A (senior) High School student in a representative position who receives a spanking or ISS or suspension loses his or her position. A "clean discipline record" including "no swats" is one of the conditions for exemption from certain exams.
The Handbook Receipt Form states that there is a maximum of three swats per paddling.
- Canadian ISD
Confusingly, Canadian is the name of a town in Texas.
At the high school, CP may be used for any infractions; this latest version no longer specifies which ones.
The middle-school handbook merely notes that corporal punishment is available.
- Canton ISD New!
CP may be used for minor and intermediate offenses. Students may also be paddled for "Failure to accept or adhere to prescribed punishments."
At the High School, in sharp contrast to policy at many other Texas schools, "Students may not choose corporal punishment in lieu of detention time".
- Carthage ISD New!
At the High School, corporal punishment may be substituted for detention. This applies in particular to a fifth or sixth tardy.
- Castleberry ISD, Fort Worth
Corporal punishment is a consequences for Level I and II misbehaviors, but not Levels III or IV (the most serious). Parents wishing CP not to be used must so notify the principal within ten school days of receiving the document.
Stats: This Nov 2014 news report mentions that the district has an annual "CP rate" of 27% overall. At Castleberry High School in 2011/12 the figure was 83%, one of the highest rates in Texas, while at Reach High School it was 42%.
- Cayuga ISD
Paddling here may be used for Level I and II offenses, but is not mentioned for the most serious ones. There is a maximum of three swats per paddling.
The High School handbook specifies that parents need to opt in, not out, for CP to be considered, contrary to the impression given by the pan-district Code of Conduct, which states that CP may be used unless the parents have indicated otherwise in writing.
The Employee Handbook advises teachers not to send a student to another teacher to be paddled. At the High School and Middle School, the spanking must be done in the presence of the principal or designee.
At the Middle School, CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for a fifth tardy per six-week period.
- Celina CISD New!
In a new provision for 2014/15, "One day of ISS is equivalent to 3 licks per admin approval." This is the High School handbook; other campuses in the district merely state that CP is available.
- Center Point ISD
"Students should be offered an alternate disciplinary consequence when faced with option of swats." The student shall "be afforded an opportunity to explain his or her actions before corporal punishment is administered".
- Channelview ISD (covers Channelview)
There is a maximum of 3 swats. Paddles shall not be generally displayed. It is made explicit that students will always have a choice of some other disciplinary measure.
- Chapel Hill ISD -- Titus County, Mount Pleasant
Not to be confused with the Chapel ISD based in Tyler (see next entry).
At the High School, "Swats or ISS" are the penalty for a fourth and subsequent tardy, to class or to school, in each nine-week period.
- Chapel Hill ISD -- Smith County, Tyler
Not to be confused with the Chapel Hill based in Mount Pleasant (see previous entry).
See the section headed "Parental preference regarding corporal punishment" where both a parent and the student him- or herself must sign to either object or not object to "corporal punishment (spanking)".
See also this Apr 2009 news item.
- Chico ISD
"Students will typically be assigned detention, In-School Suspension, and Saturday School or swats for repeated tardiness." This specific mention of CP for being late was new in 2013/14.
Stats: In school year 2011/2012, CP was provided to 86 boys and 30 girls. Of these students, 30 (of whom 28 boys) were at the High School, an increase from zero in several earlier years since the turn of the century, so this was a de facto reintroduction of paddling in grades 9 through 12.
- Clarendon CISD New!
The handbook for high-school staff has this unusual text:
"Teachers are not to use a paddle as an instrument for fun. At no time are paddles to be used for birthday licks with or without the student's permission. Paddles are to be used only as an instrument of discipline. ALL PADDLES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR."
- Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD, Coldspring New!
A previous same-sex requirement here was revoked in March 2014.
The punishments laid down for misbehaving athletes include "Corporal Punishment or Flipping Tires".
Stats: In 2011/12, 48 boys and 26 girls received CP on at least one occasion, out of a total enrollment of 539, giving an "annual CP rate" of 14%.
- Columbia-Brazoria ISD
Spanking or paddling may be used as a discipline management technique, but only with parent permission. It is not clear whether this means specific permission for each occasion. CP is particularly mentioned as a penalty for repeated dress code violations. This is the handbook for Columbia High School (grades 9 through 12), but other schools in the district have the same language.
Paddling had fallen into disuse by 2009/10 but has since resumed: 12 students were punished corporally in school year 2011/12, ten of them at the senior High School.
- Cisco ISD [DOC]
Paddling may be given for a Level II or Level III offense. It is also one of the penalties for failure to show up for lunch detention.
- Collinsville ISD
The high-school Band Handbook states: "Band discipline is extremely important. By the time students reach junior high and high school, class time should not and will not be taken to teach them proper behavior". Instead, band members who fail to comply with the list of rules receive detention, grade reduction and/or corporal punishment.
- Columbus ISD
This is one of many Texas districts where the use of CP has increased in recent times: 135 students were paddled here in year 2011/12, up from 55 in 2006.
At the Junior High, "3 swats" plus two days' ISS, as an alternative to 5 days' ISS with no swats, is the minimum penalty for fighting.
- Coolidge ISD
This district has a maximum of three swats per spanking.
- Cooper ISD
At the elementary school, "Swats with parent permission" are a consequence for a "citizenship infraction", viz. failing to be respectful, responsible, etc.
Both handbooks say of corporal punishment that parents are notified beforehand, "and agree to the paddling". "A parent may request that licks be administered to his/her student." On the other hand, at the high schools, "Consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance filed by a parent".
The consequence for a first offense of fighting at the high schools is the same as at the elementary school except that it is the student, not the parent, who "will have the choice of ISS or swats". The consequence for a third or fourth tardy is "detention or swats". One of the persons who may administer or witness corporal punishment is the Athletic Director.
The provisions for dealing with students who get into fights are very interesting and unusual. At both schools, when students are caught fighting, law enforcement is contacted and "a police officer will escort the students to the police station". They will not return to school that day, while the principal contacts the parents. The students have to appear before the Justice of the Peace, who hears their case and determines the outcome. The parent (for elementary students) or the student him- or herself (for junior high and senior high students) "will have the choice of swats or ISS". This is the first time I have seen a school involve the outside authorities in the process for awarding corporal punishment.
- Corsicana ISD (New URL)
Parents not wishing their son or daughter to receive CP must agree to accept ISS or OSS instead, and must "maintain a current phone number [...] so school officials can contact parents immediately in case such an incident takes place".
At the High School, the paddle may be applied for a third or subsequent dress code violation.
See also this June 2008 news report about a controversy over the spanking of a high-school girl for a dress code violation.
Stats: In 2011/12, 287 boys and 187 girls at Corsicana High School received a paddling on one or more occasion.
- Crane ISD
This district has a new tardy policy for 2014/15 that was not in previous versions, "to help students in their efforts to be in class, on time, and ready to receive instruction". To this end, a fifth or sixth tardy per semester now results in 1 hour's after-school detention (ASD) or one paddle swat. For a 7th or 8th tardy the penalty is 2 hours' ASD or two swats. The 9th and 10th tardies bring one day in ISS or two swats. It appears that this change heralds a de facto resumption of CP, since the district recorded no paddlings in recent school years
- Crawford ISD
"Two hours in Saturday School or 2 swats" is the punishment here for a third offense per semester of violating classroom or campus rules, or for a third tardy. Also, failure to comply with the rules for behavior while in in-school suspension (ISS) "may result in swats, extra days, or both".
- Cross Roads ISD, Malakoff
Corporal punishment may be used for Level I and Level II offenses, but is not mentioned for more serious ones.
- Cuero ISD
Paddling may be used for level II (but not level I -- the least serious) offenses, where it counts as equivalent to an administrative detention. CP is also available for level III offenses with parental consent. There is a same-sex requirement.
- Cumby ISD
CP is used here, with parent permission, at steps 1 and 2 of the Level III office referral procedure, as an alternative to in-school suspension.
See also this May 2011 news item.
- Dalhart ISD
Dalhart High states that "Students depend on adults for discipline as they seek to bring order to their lives. [...] When a student is sent to the office, disciplinary action will be taken. If a student fails to go to the office when sent, the student will be subject to severe disciplinary action". The principal will attempt to contact the parent before the paddle is used. Students may refuse to be spanked if they "accept other such discipline management techniques as the principal or designee may assign". The Junior High School has identical language.
There is similar wording at XIT (an alternative "second chance" high school), but also this: "As a matter of administrative practice, the principal or designee will attempt to notify the parent/guardian of the (minor) student prior to the application of corporal punishment. For purpose of this statement, a minor student is defined as a student less than eighteen years of age." I take this to mean that over-18s may be paddled, without any requirement for parental consent.
- Dayton ISD
This is Dayton in Texas, not the famous Dayton, which is in Ohio. Swats with the paddle here are called "pops". "One to 3 pops may be substituted, at the administrator's discretion, for one day of ASD [after-school detention] or Saturday School. These pops must be taken before the detention is to be served and can only be substituted for days at the end of the list of days."
Stats: 90 students were paddled at Dayton High School (grades 9 through 12) during 2000/01, but subsequently CP was abandoned. No students were paddled in 2006/07 or 2009/10. By 2011/12, the paddle had made a comeback: 65 boys and 8 girls received "pops" on one or more occasion.
See also these minutes from July 2014 in which the Dayton board decided to retain the option of CP.
- DeKalb ISD New!
Board policy includes a same-sex requirement for CP, but only in grades 5 through 12.
At the High School, paddling may be used for Level 2 (intermediate) offenses. The form on which parents are invited to say either yes or no to corporal punishment is to be signed also by the student; this was new in 2012/13.
- DeSoto ISD
Corporal punishment is listed here as an Administrative Discipline Technique for grades Pre K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 (in other words, everybody) for "minor", "moderate" or "major" offenses, but not "severe" ones. The paddle must be approved by the principal. It is not used without parental consent, and at the end of the book is a form on which parents can state whether or not they agree to CP.
Stats: 117 students received one or more paddlings here in 2011/12. But this Sep 2014 news item notes that this figure increased to 227 students in 2013/14, or almost double. So not all CP trends are downwards.
See also this May 2009 news item (with video clip).
- Detroit ISD
This is Detroit in Texas, not the famous Detroit, which is in Michigan.
The new version of this handbook no longer specifies the number of swats that may be given for particular offenses; it merely states that CP is one of the punishments used.
See also this Nov 2006 news item about two boys given a three-lick spanking by the principal at Detroit Middle School, with their parents' approval, for viewing pornography.
- Deweyville ISD
This is one of many Texas districts to have resuscitated the paddle recently after having let it fall into disuse. 36 boys and 2 girls at Deweyville High School were paddled on one or more occasion during 2011/12. In 2004/05 and 2006/07, no students received CP.
- Dimmitt ISD
Dimmitt High School has had a convoluted demerit system since 2012. Corporal punishment is offered for offenses at Level I (together with 3 demerits) and Level II (6 demerits). If enough demerits mount up, the student gets detention or ISS in addition to the paddling or other punishment for the original offenses.
- Dodd City ISD
This district makes it explicit that, in grades 7 through 12, students may choose a spanking in lieu of any of steps 1 through 8 of the 10-step discipline ladder, which otherwise involves progressively increasing amounts of detention and then ISS. This option is apparently not offered in grades 1 through 6, where CP is not specifically mentioned.
- Donna ISD
At Veterans, "1-3 days of ISS or 1 swat" is given upon a fifth office referral for a minor offense, and "3-5 days of ISS or 2 swats" for a sixth. Similar sanctions are provided for a fourth and fifth case of truancy or excessive tardiness. Other possibilities include one swat for a third offense of display of affection, or for a second or subsequent offense of skipping class; two swats for a second case of graffiti or a third case of electronic devices; and so on. In no case is a paddling of more than two swats specifically mentioned.
- Dumas ISD
High-school students who are tardy a third or subsequent time per semester are required to serve one 2-hour D-Hall or receive two paddle swats. D-Hall must be served the day of the tardy. If a student fails to show up for D-Hall, he/she will be spanked the following day, and still have to serve the D-Hall. If a student is not allowed to receive swats, he/she will serve an extra day of D-Hall.
Students may also be paddled for a second "blue slip" given out for unexcused absences.
Parents wishing their son or daughter to be exempt from corporal punishment cannot just send a form in the post: they "must visit the school and fill out the proper documents with the assistant principals in person".
The Junior High School uses CP for bus conduct violations. For the first violation the student is suspended from the bus for three school days, or receives "One swat with the paddle from the student's Campus Principal". The second such offense brings five days' bus suspension or two swats, and the third, ten days' bus suspension or three swats.
Stats: 163 boys and 91 girls underwent one or more paddlings at the senior High School in 2011/12.
See also this Aug 2008 news item.
- Duncanville City ISD
CP here is a level I (but not level II or III) consequence, and "shall be limited to paddling the student" and not, as at most Texas schools, "paddling or spanking the student". It may be administered only by the principal or assistant principal. Parents must be contacted in advance in each specific case, apparently even if they have already signed the form at the back of the handbook to give permission for CP in general.
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Eastland ISD
Offenses here are no longer categorized into different levels. Corporal punishment remains an option. At Siebert, it is no longer specifically mentioned only at kindergarten level but evidently applies throughout the elementary grades. Both the Middle School and High School handbooks, which formerly made no mention of CP, now spell out that paddling may be used. In particular, at the Middle School it may be a consequence of a third or subsequent tardy; at the High School, for a fourth or fifth tardy.
- Edna ISD
At the secondary schools, a paddling may be a consequence for Level I offenses (the least serious). In a new departure, it is also specifically mentioned as a penalty for misconduct while in ISS. Students who have received any CP (or ISS) are not eligible for exemption from semester exams. Parents wishing to exempt their son or daughter from paddling must write a signed letter to the principal -- no handy opt-out form appears to be provided.
The athletic handbook, which also appears to be new, states that corporal punishment may be administered to sports team members "for any conduct offense". Athletes must sign a form that reads "I understand that violations of the behavior standards of the Athletic Code of Conduct that are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in my being disciplined under both the Athletic Code of Conduct and the Student Code of Conduct".
- Elysian Fields ISD
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), "2 swats or 5 days' cafeteria duty" is the punishment for a first offense of class disruption, disobedience, no valid parking permit, and various other things, and for a second offense of tardies or dress code violation. More unusually, the penalty for a third offense of numerous sins, including unauthorized food in class, inappropriate display of affection, and being in an off-limits area, is "2 days' SAC or 2 swats for 2 days", which means a 4-swat spanking spread over two consecutive days. This multi-day paddling policy was introduced in 2011/12.
Stats: 80 students were paddled in this district in 2011/12, almost all of them at the High School (48 boys and 25 girls). This was an increase from zero in 2006/07, and from 40 (all boys) in 2000/01. This shows that, like several other Texas high schools, Elysian Fields has now both restored the use of the paddle after a fallow period, and expanded its use to include both sexes.
- Ennis ISD
This district has a same-sex requirement for CP at the secondary level but not at the elementary and intermediate campuses.
At the High School it is no longer spelled out that CP may be substituted for ISS, at the rate of two swats of the paddle per day of ISS. "Students will only be allowed 2 swats per nine weeks" (previously six weeks).
The Junior High school, however, does still offer an exchange rate of two swats per day of ISS.
See also this Aug 2008 news item.
- Evadale ISD
In June 2014 this school board deleted a same-sex requirement for CP that had been in place since Oct 2011.
- Farwell ISD
New for 2014/15, punishment is meted out here for dress code violations (including such rules as that a boy's hair must not go lower than the top of the collar) at the rate of 1 after-school detention or one paddle swat at the 5th offense, 2 detentions or 2 swats at the 6th offense, and 3 detentions or 3 swats at the 7th offense.
At the High and Junior High schools, paddling is also given for tardies on a similar basis, rising to three swats for a 9th tardy per semester. This is more specific than previous versions, which did not spell out the number of swats at each offense.
There is a separate Behavior Plan for the elementary level, providing a corporal punishment alternative for five or more offenses in a six-week period in grades K through 2, and seven or more offenses in grades 3 through 5. For the district as a whole, CP is also mentioned as a consequence for misbehavior on the bus.
- Fruitvale ISD
At the Junior/Senior High school, the first five steps in the discipline ladder for minor offenses consist of detention. Step 6 is 1 day in ISS or a paddling, and step 7 is 2 days in ISS or a paddling. Step 10 is placement in DAEP for at least 15 days.
In DAEP, "very strict discipline will be enforced". Misbehavior in DAEP "will result in any or all of" a list of five penalties that starts with corporal punishment and ends with expulsion.
- Gatesville ISD
The (senior) High School handbook stipulates that parents will be contacted beforehand to obtain their consent for corporal punishment. The student being disciplined also consents, which must mean that he or she may always choose some other punishment. A wooden paddle is to be used.
At the Junior High, CP may be administered for truancy, and any parental objection must be filed within one week of enrollment.
- George West ISD
George West is a town, not a person.
At the High School, paddling is specifically mentioned for standing up on the school bus while it is moving.
The Junior High school provides that a fifth or subsequent tardy in six weeks will incur ISS or corporal punishment, in addition to referral to the Resource Officer or the Municipal Court.
- Giddings ISD New!
The handbook for members of sports teams says "Coaches are an extension of your family. As an extension of your family, the Coaching staff will expect and demand appropriate behavior from our athletes at all times". It adds: "If you break our rules, we are going to document your offense, and punish you. The punishment will range from swats with a paddle (boys only) to extra conditioning". This is for such things as being late, disrespect to coaches, and "not being properly dressed out". Parents are invited to sign that "I agree that may son may receive swats as a form of punishment if he so chooses".
- Gladewater ISD
Stats: 78 boys and 9 girls were spanked at the High School on one or more occasion in 2011/12.
See also this Sep 2014 news item, which says that there were 382 spankings in the district as a whole in 2013/14.
- Godley ISD
Here, "3 lunch detentions or 2 swats" is the punishment for minor class or hall disruptions, being off-limits, and leaving class without permission. Similar penalties apply for having no hall pass or no admit slip and suchlike bureaucratic lapses. For a dress-code violation, students receive a lunch detention or an after-school detention or one swat on the second offense, and 3 lunch detentions or 2 swats on the third. A third or fourth tardy to class per semester also brings a paddling option. Corporal punishment is not mentioned in relation to more serious offenses, nor do there seem to be any paddlings of more than two swats. All this is for the High School; the handbooks of the elementary, middle and intermediate schools all mention the availability of CP, but do not set out a detailed tariff.
Stats: This March 2011 news report notes that there were 21 paddlings here in the previous six months.
- Goliad ISD New!
Stats: CP was not in use at Goliad High School in 2000/01. The district was not surveyed again until 2011/12, by which time paddling had been (re)introduced, with 69 boys and 26 girls receiving swats on one or more occasion.
- Grandfalls-Royalty ISD [DOC]
There is a Discipline Management Point System here. At secondary level, "1 point and choice of 1 swat or 1 day of detention" is the penalty for each tardy or instance of "unacceptable behavior". For an unexcused absence or failure to follow a directive, the consequence is 2 points plus a choice of 2 swats or 2 days. For serious or persistent unacceptable behavior, or for unacceptable language, it is 3 points plus a choice between 2 swats plus 1 day's detention, or 3 days in detention. For the first five dress or grooming code violations in a semester, the student receives a choice between 1 swat and 1 detention, with no points awarded. Each such infraction after the fifth counts as "persistent unacceptable behavior" (3 points, etc.) Parents may specify in writing at the beginning of each year that "only swats" or "only detention" be used.
The purpose of accumulating the points is that, when a student reaches 10 points, he or she gets ISS as well as the swats (or detention). "If points are assigned, the student will be advised of any point(s) assigned, updated on their overall point total, and given the choice to serve detention or receive corporal punishment for the infraction."
A similar scheme, with some differences of detail, is in operation at the elementary level.
- Grand Saline ISD
"Corporal punishment may be administered for misconduct including such things as fighting, destruction of school property, stealing, use of vulgar language; addressing teachers, principals, or other school employees in terms that do not show respect for the position held; for violation of city, county, state or national laws; insubordination, conduct which interferes with the orderly classroom academic progression, or any other conduct unbecoming to a student."
- Grandview ISD
The junior/senior high school has a "discipline ladder" of eight levels, from Level 1 (teacher/student conference) to Level 8 (placement in DAEP). Level 4 incurs "1 day of ISS or 2 swats". Level 5: "2 days of ISS or 3 swats". Level 6: "3 days of ISS or 3 swats". At level 7 comes more ISS without the option of swats. "Missing detention" is a level 5 offense.
There is also a special tardy policy for grades 9 through 12 only, including 1 day of ISS or 1 swat for the fifth tardy in a semester, 2 days of ISS or 2 swats for the sixth, and 3 days of ISS or 3 swats for the seventh and every subsequent tardy.
Stats: 14 boys and 2 girls received CP in 2011/12, up from 5 and 0 in 2004/05.
- Granger ISD [DOC]
Paddling may be administered by a teacher or the principal, but only in the principal's office. High-school students may ask the principal for a spanking instead of ISS. Parents are contacted before CP is used.
- Grape Creek ISD, San Angelo
Paddling comes into play at steps 4 or 5 of the discipline ladder. It is administered by the principal or designee.
- Hallsville ISD
Written parental authorization is required before CP is used. It is not clear whether this means once-for-all, or separately in each individual case. Refusal to accept a paddling "will result in the student's behavior being classified in the next more serious level".
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Hardin ISD
Not to be confused with Hardin-Jefferson (see next item). "Either the person administering the corporal punishment or the other District professional employee serving as the witness shall be the same sex as the student." 30 boys and 8 girls were spanked here in 2011/12, decidedly up from five boys and no girls in 2006/07, federal stats reveal. The overall "paddling rate" for the district was 15%, according to this Nov 2014 news item, which also informs us that only four parents signed the CP opt-out form in the latest year, and that at the High School it is the 6-foot-4-inch Assistant Principal who delivers the swats (having been trained in how to do so without causing injury), max. three per paddling.
- Hardin-Jefferson ISD (covers China, Nome, Sour Lake)
The Athletic Handbook emphasizes, in a 2007 addendum, that sportsmen (males only) are subject to corporal punishment within the athletic department. Parents are invited on a separate form to state whether they approve of this for their son; it is made clear that this is for minor offenses and is to be administered by the coach. "No athlete will receive more than 3 licks per day". It is unusual in the USA nowadays for a public school to make such an explicit distinction between the sexes.
Stats: This May 2012 news report says there were 53 paddlings in the district in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
- Hemphill ISD
Not quite the standard form of words in the Board Policy document: CP has to be done only in the presence of "another district employee", not another "professional employee", so enabling paraprofessionals to act as witness. See this July 2010 board meeting agenda [DOC] where the change was made.
Also, in August 2014 the Board of Trustees eliminated the same-sex requirement for the adult who administers the swats.
Stats: At Hemphill High School, paddle recipients numbered 30 boys and 10 girls in 2000/01. By school year 2011/12 this had increased to 67 boys and 43 girls -- making up about 50% of the school's students. In the same year, the figures for the Middle School were 70 boys and 31 girls. No students were spanked at the elementary level.
This Nov 2014 news item notes that, in the district as a whole, 24% of the students were paddled in 2011/12.
- Henderson ISD
"Possible corporal punishment with parental notification" comes in at Step 3 of the discipline ladder.
This district used to have a same-sex requirement for paddling, but it was abolished in 2012.
During 2009/10, no students at Henderson High School received CP, but 60 boys and 30 girls were assigned to ISS. By the 2011/12 school year, however, the school had restored the use of corporal punishment. Paddlings were provided on one or more occasion to 29 boys and 2 girls, and the number of ISS assignments dropped dramatically to only 15 boys and 4 girls. This shows how, when students get spanked, they can stay in the classroom and learn.
- Highland Park ISD, Amarillo
Absurdly, there are two Highland Park ISDs in Texas. This is the one in Amarillo, not the one in Dallas.
The pan-district document is entitled "Progressive Discipline Guidelines", and provides CP for many offenses either at the first or the second occasion and mostly with no alternative provided (unless the parent has opted the student out of CP altogether). Since earlier versions there has been a trend towards greater use of the paddle: instead of "five days' detention or corporal punishment" for many offenses such as disrespect, contraband, disruption, and harassment, the document now stipulates just "notify parents, corporal punishment". Paddling is also a possible consequences for a sixth or subsequent tardy to school or to class. And it is now available for certain offenses, such as use of cell phone, where it did not apply before.
- Hitchcock ISD
Only the principal or assistant principal may paddle. This district abolished CP as long ago as 2002, but decided in 2011 to reintroduce it.
- Huffman ISD
Paddling may be a consequence for Level II offenses (truancy, failure to serve detention, acts of familiarity, theft, insubordination, excessive tardiness) but not Level I or Level III. See also this online form on which parents may allow or prohibit the use of CP.
- Huntington ISD
Corporal punishment here is a possible response, in all grades, to a long list of offenses including truancy, stealing, sexual harassment, gambling, tobacco and profanity; in grades 6-12 only, CP may also be administered for "bodily contact".
See also this separate page on a specific tardy policy for grades 9 through 12 only: on the third and subsequent tardy in each 9-week period, students are referred to the office to receive "1 swat or 1 day of SAC". SAC is a form of in-school suspension.
And see this July 2011 news report that the board of trustees had decided to make CP "a more readily available option". In earlier years, paddling was prescribed only for a much smaller number of violations, such as profanity and obscene gestures.
Stats: At the High School, 94 boys and 22 girls received paddlings on one or more occasion in 2011/12 following the policy change.
- Idalou ISD
In the district as a whole, CP is specified for Level II and Level III offenses. For instance, a student's second offense of tardiness or public display of affection qualifies him/her for a paddling.
The high-school registration form requires parents to either give, or not give, "my permission for corporal punishment to be a discipline measure with my son/daughter".
- Ingram ISD
Provision for paddling has been reinstated here, having been absent from the handbook in 2013/14.
- Iraan-Sheffield ISD (covers Iraan and Sheffield)
Corporal punishment (no details provided) is listed here as one of the options for disregard for authority, mistreatment of others, vandalism, possession of prohibited items, telecommunications devices, and any tardies from the fifth one onwards, among other things.
- Jim Ned Consolidated ISD, Tuscola
The High School has an unusual "Discipline Plan" involving escalating amounts of paddling. Step 1 brings "1 swat or two days' detention (7.55-8.15 a.m.)"; at step 2 the tariff is 2 swats or 3 days' detention; step 3, three swats or four days' detention. After that things get more serious. The student who reaches step 4 on the discipline latter receives "6 swats (3 per day for 2 days) or 2 days of ISS", and, at step 5, no fewer than "9 swats (3 per day for 3 days) or 3 days of ISS". If this means three consecutive days, the student will certainly have a sore rear by the third day. There is an implication that this spanking option is at the choice of the student, and it appears to apply only to grades 9 through 12: no equivalent scheme is announced for the Middle School.
This plan is new in the past couple of years, and with a greater provision for CP than the previous (2011) version, still online here. Under that plan there was simply a maximum of 3 swats (for step 3 of the ladder); there was no CP option for steps 4 and 5, and no mention of punishment being spread over a number of days.
There is also a separate procedure for tardies, under which the first tardy brings 1 swat or 1 day of detention, and a third tardy within each six-week period attracts 3 swats or one day's ISS. "Additional days of ISS or swats will be assigned as required for 4+ unexcused tardies."
- Joaquin ISD
Students at the High School and the Junior High School may be spanked for a first or second Class I offense (tardiness, running in the halls, display of affection, dress code violations); a first, second or third Class II offense (skipping class, cheating, disruptive behavior, returning to car without permission); and a first or second Class III offense (fighting, disrespect, fire extinguisher, speeding, reckless driving, stealing). The paddling takes the place of detention, ISS or OSS, depending on the level of offense.
No details of punishment at the elementary school are given.
- Junction ISD New!
The district handbook contains a CP opt-in/opt-out form which the student must sign as well as the parents.
The secondary Discipline Plan, developed at a special workshop in 2012, states that "Discipline rules help students to understand the connections between decisions and consequences". All Level II office referrals have these consequences: 1st referral: 1 day ISS and/or corporal punishment; 2nd referral: 2 days' ISS and/or corporal punishment; 3rd referral: 3 days' ISS and/or corporal punishment.
- Kemp ISD
Students here may be paddled for, among other things, tardiness, leaving campus, failure to attend detention, public display of affection, and cheating (Level I offenses); and disrespect of school personnel and persons in authority, tobacco possession, profanity, and violation of ISS rules (Level II offenses). "Disciplinary actions may be used individually or in combination for any offense." Where the student is over 10 years old, CP may also be used for Level IV (the most serious) cases but seemingly not for Level III. This does not appear to make sense, and might be an editing error.
- Kermit ISD New!
At the High School, a second tardy to class per six-week period incurs one paddle swat or one day's detention; a third tardy, two swats or two days' detention; a fourth, 3 swats or two days in ISS.
Stats: During 2006/07, 25 students received CP on one or more occasion at Kermit High School. This more than tripled to 86 students (62 boys and 35 girls) in 2011/12.
- Kilgore ISD
The High School (grades 9 through 12) has a Discipline Management Plan: "A student will progress from one level to the next with each offense". Corporal punishment comes early on in the progression, at level 3, after "conference with student" and "conference with administrator and parent". After CP come various forms of detention and then various forms of suspension, then Saturday School, then DAEP.
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Kirbyville CISD
At the High School, the "Consequences for Violations of Procedures" provide that, after the second offense, there is an Office Referral on all subsequent offenses, with a spanking as the first outcome listed, followed by various terms of ISS. In relation to tardies, "Students will be subject to periodic tardy sweeps. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken, including corporal punishment."
- Lancaster ISD
CP here is said to be rare, and used only for "conduct of such an extreme nature that ... (it) is the only reasonable form of discipline under the circumstances". It must be given by the principal or assistant principal in an administrative office. Prior parental approval is required.
- La Pryor ISD
Violations that may attract a paddling include vandalism, stealing, theft, fireworks, tobacco, electronic devices, fire extinguisher, leaving class without permission, dress code violations, gambling, cheating, skateboards, display of affection, refusal to accept discipline management techniques, fighting, bullying, sexual harassment, and hazing. In other words, almost all possible offenses. Corporal punishment or detention/ISS is also the penalty for a fifth through 14th tardy per semester.
The Extra-Curricular Handbook, which covers students participating in athletics but also in band/choir and other clubs, mentions that CP may be a consequence of failure to follow team/club guidelines.
Stats: Five boys and two girls at La Pryor High School were officially spanked on one or more occasion in 2011/12. In another example of Texas high schools reintroducing paddling in recent years, this was a change from the previous times the school's disciplinary practices were surveyed: during both 2000/01 and 2006/07, no students received CP.
- Leary ISD
"Students who may not be paddled must be picked up from school by a parent IMMEDIATELY if serious or repeated misbehavior occurs." Violation of detention hall rules may result in corporal punishment. After receiving three D-hall notices in one semester, students will not be put in detention again if they get into further trouble. Instead they "will receive either corporal punishment or suspension".
Stats: According to this Nov 2014 news item, 25% of the students in the district were paddled in 2011/12.
- Lefors ISD
This Employee Handbook says that "only minimal due process" shall be afforded to students about to be paddled, "with no right to further appeal". This is because any appeal procedure would be too time-consuming, and "can have the negative effect of dissuading the utilization of corporal punishment", given that CP is "not necessarily the result of a major infraction of school rules".
- Lorena ISD
CP is a possible consequence for mid-level code of conduct violations. Parental permission is sought beforehand. It is administered by the principal or assistant principal, from one to three swats depending on the severity and regularity of the offense.
- Lovelady ISD
CP is available for Class One and Class Two offenses. The witness to CP must be "one other District professional employee or adult staff member", which sounds as if it may have been designed to allow the principal's secretary to be the witness.
- Lufkin ISD
CP (with parental approval) is an alternative to detention at steps two and three of the eight-step discipline plan.
See also this April 2011 news item.
- Mason ISD
At the High School, the main punishment for "minor infractions" such as tardies and insubordination is lunch detention. A student with a fifth lunch detention in a six-week period has a choice of 2 paddle swats, 1 day in ISS, or 1 day in Saturday School. The same choice applies for any level I referral.
- McCamey ISD
At the High School, paddling may be used for truancy: 1 swat (or two hours' Saturday school) for the first time, 2 swats (or 4 hours of Saturday school) the second time, and 3 swats (or 3 days' ISS) the third time. A second tardy to class within a 6-week grading period attracts 1 swat, and third 2 swats, and a fourth 3 swats. Swats are also a penalty for missing Saturday school.
McCamey Middle School similarly offers CP for skipping class (2 swats every time) and truancy (3 swats every time). In addition, a first offense of fighting is punishable with 3 paddle swats or 5 days in ISS.
- McMullen County ISD
In 7th through 12th grade here, students who are tardy to class for a fifth or subsequent time in a six-week period may receive "ISS, manual labor, swats and/or loss of privileges".
- Madisonville Consolidated ISD
The document for the High School (grades 9 through 12) -- awarded an "exemplary campus" label by the Texas Education Agency -- is the "Everyday Infraction" procedure, first introduced in 2011, under which teachers must keep an ongoing cumulative daily electronic log of each student's tardies, as well as other lesser or "everyday" offenses such as dress code violations or public display of affection. On the 7th, 8th and 9th such offenses in each semester, the student is automatically summoned to the Assistant Principal's office for a paddling (no alternative punishment specified).
At the Junior High, the consequences for being tardy to P.E. include "swats", and the student must sign the contract to agree to this.
- Merkel ISD
At the High School, CP (no details provided) is a possible consequence for level II and III infractions, but not for level I (the least serious).
See also this Oct 2009 news item about a coach who allegedly paddled nine Merkel Middle School football players in their boxer shorts.
- Mexia ISD (New URL)
This district unanimously decided to reintroduce corporal punishment in July 2009, noting support for it from "a strong majority" of the local community (see board minutes), having abolished it in 2003 and decided not to reinstate it in 2004.
Stats: 150 students were paddled in Mexia in 2011/12.
- Meyersville ISD Student Handbook
The employee handbook reveals that there is a maximum of three licks per paddling, which unusually may be administered by the Superintendent, with a teacher as a witness. "A parent is to be called prior to administering corporal punishment unless prior permission to paddle has been granted."
- Midlothian ISD
At the two middle schools, CP is generally available and is also specifically mentioned as a punishment for missing detention hall.
At the elementary schools, CP is said to be for serious offenses.
The high-school book says only that corporal punishment may be used. None of the handbooks gives any details of the procedure.
- Mineola ISD
A notable provision here is that sports team members are not allowed the parental CP exemption facility afforded to ordinary students: "Athletes are required to be administered corporal punishment as needed." Also, "if the Campus Principal gives an athlete the option of swats instead of another form of punishment, the athlete MUST take the swats, or the Athletic Director reserves the right to administer swats along with the punishment the campus principal assigned."
- Monahans-Wickett-Pyote ISD
Here is a picture of Mr Roy Rutledge, assistant principal of the High School, who clearly likes to keep his paddle close at hand. I hope it doesn't get warped from lying on the radiator:
- Mount Calm ISD
Unusually, this school district allows parents to be present when corporal punishment is administered.
- Mount Pleasant ISD
The Junior High School explicitly authorizes corporal punishment in athletics.
The Alternative Education Program is a "last-chance" disciplinary option for students with "persistent behavior problems". It has a lot of strict rules. Here, corporal punishment may be used, with a maximum of 3 swats per offense. "Students who do not wish to have swats" may opt for one to three days' suspension instead.
Stats: At the (senior) High School, 393 boys and 186 girls were paddled on one or more occasion in 2011/12.
- Muenster ISD
The parental opt-in/opt-out form here is unusually worded: "I do / do not wish for my child to be considered for corporal punishment".
Only administrators may deliver a paddling, which must be "out of view" of other students (but apparently not out of their hearing). There is a maximum of three swats for any single infraction. Any CP will exclude a student from the Honor Roll.
- Munday CISD
Parents are urged not to deny the use of CP because it limits the principal's options and may mean placement in DAEP.
There is a graduated scale of paddling options, including 1 day of detention/ISS or 1 swat for tardiness, failure to follow a direction, or dress and grooming violations; for unacceptable language the student may choose either 3 days' detention, or two swats plus one day of detention.
Parents may request annually in writing that only swats or only detention/ISS be used. The ability to choose swats exclusively instead of detention no doubt helps parents whose high-school students need to come home immediately after school, for example to babysit their younger siblings.
- Nacogdoches ISD (New URL)
This district operates a parental "opt-in" system for CP rather than the more common "opt-out" method. There is a maximum of three swats, and a same-sex requirement.
Nacogdoches ISD had allowed paddling to fall into disuse, without formally abolishing it, but a deliberate decision was taken to revive it in August 2012, resulting in the adoption of the above policies. Campus administrators said they were now "glad that corporal punishment is an option" ("Guidelines created on corporal punishment", The Daily Sentinel, 21 August 2012, not currently on line but see this Facebook page).
- Neches ISD
Not to be confused with Port Neches-Groves ISD.
Stats: This is another case of the revival of school CP in small-town and rural Texas, against the wider trend. No students were paddled at the High School during 2000/01 or 2004/05, but 20 boys and 5 girls received swats on one or more occasion in 2011/12.
- Nederland ISD
Placement at the Alternative Education School is a punishment for middle- and high-school students who would otherwise be potential candidates for expulsion. While there, students must conform to a very strict list of rules, the violation of which may result in corporal punishment.
At Central Middle, cheerleaders who receive corporal punishment "will be penalized".
Paddling at C.O. Wilson Middle School is "with parental consent" -- it is not clear whether this means separately on each occasion.
See also news reports from Aug 2008 and March 2012 and May 2012.
Stats: 108 students were paddled in this district in 2011/12 -- 73 of them boys in grades 9 through 12.
- Needville ISD New!
For the more minor (level I) infractions, CP may be substituted for detention. "This decision will be made by the teacher assigning the detention." This is the High School handbook; the other schools in the district use broadly similar wording.
- New Home ISD
Here, corporal punishment "does not require parental consent", but parents may opt out of CP as now required by Texas law, in which case the student may be suspended or sent to DAEP. "Any student receiving four or more tardies will receive corporal punishment". This is a significant change since a previous version, which stated that five or more tardies meant three days of ISS. The handbook also provides, in a nice example of zeugma, that "A third dress code offense will result in the student being given sweats to wear and corporal punishment".
- North Lamar ISD, Paris
At the High School, for a second offense of cell phone use, in addition to having the device confiscated, "student will have a choice of corporal punishment or after school detention". A similar choice applies for a second dress code violation, and a fifth tardy.
Frank Stone Middle School offers CP for a second or third dress code violation.
- O'Donnell ISD
The high-school band has its own discipline policy. "Disciplinary problems occurring in a band class or on a band function will be handled through the band office." The second of a list of consequences is "Swats or in-school suspension".
- Olney ISD
The pan-district handbook states that paddling may be used for level I and level II offenses, but not for levels III or IV (the most serious).
The Athletic Handbook states that CP is available "as a choice" for athletes. In particular, discipline for disrespect to a coach "may be extra physical work and/or corporal punishment". CP "would never be used in anger and only when there is a witness".
- Olton ISD
The Athletic Handbook states that CP is one of the penalties that sports coaches may mete out to team members for minor offenses, separately from any action taken by the school administration. This is new: the 2011 version of the Athletic Handbook did not mention corporal punishment at all.
- Onalaska ISD [DOC]
Here are two different "Discipline Management Charts", one for grades Pre-K through 6 and the other for grades 7 through 12. Corporal punishment features heavily in both of them, but especially at secondary level. In the upper grades there are 20 separate offenses listed for which a paddling may be the consequence, either two or three swats. In most cases this is an alternative to In-School Suspension, where 5 days in ISS is equivalent to three paddle swats, or to after-school detention, where both 5 and 10 days' ASD generally equates to two swats, and fifteen days to three swats.
There is special provision for tardies. For the 3rd and 4th tardy the punishment is 5 days' detention or two swats; for the 5th and 6th tardy, it is 10 days' detention, or three swats (the CP option in this case is a newly added provision), or 3 days in ISS. From the 7th tardy onwards it is just 3 days in ISS.
- Ore City ISD New!
"For every unexcused tardy, students will be sent to the office and will receive a Lunch Detention. Repetitive and persistent offenders may receive additional consequences including, but not limited to: After-School Detention, OCS, and Corporal Punishment."
- Overton ISD
Corporal punishment is available, but no details are given. Athletes may be spanked for violating the team rules.
- Paris ISD
CP here is limited to paddling, and not, as it is worded at most Texas schools, "paddling or spanking".
It is no longer spelled out, as it was in previous years, that students are always given the opportunity to choose between corporal punishment and some other penalty.
Paris (formerly Travis) Junior High has simplified its procedure for tardies. Now, at the second tardy per semester, students are offered a choice between one day's lunch detention and an unstated number of paddle swats (earlier versions specified two). Subsequent tardies to school no longer involve the possibility of CP. However, tardiness to ISS results in "a choice of two swats or an additional ISS assignment".
The (senior) High School has the same provision for tardies to school, except that paddling comes into play at the first, not the second, tardy per semester.
See also this Oct 2012 news item, which clarifies that students in grades K through 12 may be paddled, and that the relevant PISD employees are trained in how to administer it -- important but rarely mentioned.
According to official figures, 257 students were paddled in Paris ISD schools in 2011/12, up from 180 two years earlier.
- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD
Students in all grades here are offered the opportunity to be spanked instead of going into ISS for a first offense of insubordination or profanity/disrespect. More generally, CP may also be administered for disobedience, leaving without permission, refusal to accept discipline, fighting, threats, harassment, extortion, vandalism, stealing, tobacco, weapons, cheating, dress and grooming violations, gambling, skateboards, public display of affection, eating sunflower seeds, etc.
Stats: At Crockett Middle School, 322 students (68% of the total enrollment) were paddled in 2011/12.
- Petrolia CISD
"Before corporal punishment is used, the district may give the student a choice between other disciplinary measures and corporal punishment." Teachers, and not only principals or coaches as in many Texas district, may administer the paddle, but "the campus principal, Athletic Director, or head football coach must approve all corporal punishment".
- Pettus ISD (New URL)
Here, the semester exam exemption policy requires the student not to have had any swats.
Sports team members are encouraged to opt for a paddling instead of in-school suspension: "When an athlete is assigned to ISS, his/her absence to the athletic period will be unexcused, and an athletic punishment will occur. [...] In most cases, administration will allow a student to take corporal punishment in place of a day of ISS. If the student chooses this option, he/she will not miss the game, because he/she will not miss the team bus."
Stats: In school year 2009/10, 25 boys were paddled on one or more occasion. Two years later the use of paddling had been extended to female recipients, and had more than doubled: in 2011/12, 46 boys and 13 girls received CP. As in many Texas school districts, CP is more frequently used at the secondary than at the elementary level. In 2011/12, only 4 boys and 2 girls were spanked at the elementary school.
- Pine Tree ISD, Longview
At secondary level, in addition to the general language, CP is particularly specified for a second minor bus offense (e.g. eating or chewing gum on the bus; distracting the driver; or using a cell phone).
This Feb 2007 news report quoted a Pine Tree ISD spokesperson as saying that in practice CP was never or hardly ever used. But this Sep 2014 news item shows that, seven years later, the paddle was back in fashion: there were 109 paddlings in 2013/14. This was up 20% on 2011/12 as reported in federal statistics.
- Pittsburg ISD
Stats: 53 boys and 16 girls at Pittsburg High School received paddlings in 2011/12, up from zero in 2006/07. Another example of a Texas high school that has reinstated paddling in recent years.
- Plains ISD
"Corporal punishment is permitted in order to preserve an effective educational
environment, free from disruption". The principal shall approve the instrument to be used.
In a previous version there was a special policy on tardies: each student was allowed six tardies per semester. At the seventh and eighth tardy, he or she could choose either one paddle swat or a day's detention. There no longer seems to be any mention of specific punishments for tardies.
The Athletic Handbook notes that sports coaches must be treated with respect and addressed as ma'am or sir. Coaches may spank athletes who exhibit disrespect or violate athletic policies, but never in anger and only with a witness. The only alternative to CP mentioned in this specific context is extra work.
The handbook for bus drivers states: "Never bring a student to the principal having already promised him/her a spanking or removal of bus privileges. When you bring a student to the principal, the principal will decide on the corrective measures".
- Plainview ISD
Standard Texas language. The student may be given a choice between paddling and other punishments.
"Corporal punishment (2 swats)" is an option for a first offense of misconduct by members of sports teams.
- Pleasanton ISD
Standard form of words, but note also the section headed "Eighteen-year-olds":
Eighteen-year-olds are considered adults and are accorded the rights of adulthood. However, eighteen-year-olds enrolled in the Pleasanton Independent School District are also "students" and are subject to all rules and regulations of other students as long as they are enrolled in Pleasanton High School. If a student is eighteen or older and still residing with the parent, the parent will be required to sign all school documents.
This must mean that even if an 18-year-old thinks that he or she is "too old" to be spanked, the school is allowed to paddle unless his or her parents sign the opt-out form.
- Prairiland ISD, Pattonville
During 2006/07, only five boys and no girls received spankings at Prairiland High School. Within five years, administrators had decided to be much more assertive with the use of the paddle: 61 young men and 11 young ladies were spanked out of the 350 students at this senior high school (grades 9 through 12) in 2011/12, giving an annual "CP rate" of 21%.
Due to a change in the policy for encouraging students to be on time, even more spanking may be happening now. During 2011/12, the first three tardies brought no punishment, the fourth and fifth tardies brought morning detention, and the sixth tardy brought Saturday school. A special provision was introduced for 2012/13. Now for the fifth and sixth tardies, the punishment is "one lick or detention". The seventh and eighth tardies (presumably per semester) bring "2 licks or Saturday School". (The use of the word "licks" is fairly unusual in Texas, where strokes of the paddle are normally called "swats".)
The separate handbook for the Junior High School does not mention CP for tardies at all, only detention. Although there are more elementary students than high-school students in the district, during 2011/12 there was more CP at the high school than at the two elementary schools combined. Prairiland, like several other places recently in Texas, appears to recognize not only that more frequent use of "licks" can improve high-school student behavior, but also that a paddle may be a more suitable discipline tool for young men and women than it is for young children.
- Pringle-Morse ISD, Morse
This district consists of a single K-8 school. An unusual feature is that the form included at page 59, on which parents either grant or withhold permission to administer CP, provides space for a list of all a family's students and requires each student him- or herself to sign the relevant box, whether yes or no.
- Queen City ISD
At the Middle School, CP may be administered for Level I offenses but evidently not for anything more serious.
At the High School, any paddling must be expressly approved by the principal. The parent must then sign a written consent document -- apparently separately on each occasion.
- Rains ISD, Emory
A previous requirement that the person inflicting CP must be of the same sex as the student was deleted in 2011, opening the way for female students to be spanked by male staff, and vice versa.
At the (senior) High School (grades 9 through 12), paddling is limited to a maximum of three swats. Also here, but not at the other schools in the district, explicit provision is made for repeatedly tardy students to be paddled. The third tardy per semester brings "two after-school detentions or one swat"; the fourth, "four after-school detentions or two swats".
The Intermediate School (grades 3 through 5) and Elementary School handbooks merely state that CP may be used.
Student athletes who are guilty of violations of the Discipline Plan at level one (covering most offenses apart from the most serious) receive "conditioning or corporal punishment (swats)" whether in or out of season. This is for things like "improper locker etiquette", profanity, or missing workouts. I think "conditioning" means extra physical exercises.
- Reagan County ISD
The pan-district handbook offers parents a form with three choices: approval of CP, prohibition of CP, and approval "BUT only if I am notified first".
Stats: The Campus Improvement Plan for the High School notes that, in 2013/14, 37 students in 9th grade were spanked, 50 in 10th grade, 40 in 11th grade, and 40 in 12th grade -- a total of 167 recipients of CP, or 74% of the student population of 226 in this small district. This is up from zero in 2000/01 and from 47 in 2011/12 (federal statistics), making Reagan County one of a number of Texas school districts that have recently been bucking the overall trend of decline in CP use.
- Rhodes School, The, Houston [DOC]
At this charter elementary school, where it appears that all the staff and students are black, only the principal may administer CP. "Swats are administered to a student's buttocks only. At no time will swats be administered to any other area of a student's body." There is a parental opt-in/opt-out form. Parents are notified beforehand. 5% of the students were paddled in 2011/12.
- Roby CISD New!
For athletes, failure to comply with the training rules "may result in corporal punishment". This consists of "one to three swats with a board witnessed in the principal's office".
- Roosevelt ISD, Lubbock
Stats: 22 boys (out of 156) and no girls were paddled at the High School in 2011/12.
See also this Feb 2012 news item.
- Roscoe CISD
Parental permission is not necessary before the administration of CP. However, every effort will be made to inform parents of it after the event. The document no longer states, as earlier versions did, that paddling is typically used for Level 2 and Level 3 offenses, or when the student is sent to the office for a second time, but simply states instead that CP is one of the available disciplinary techniques.
Stats: This Nov 2014 news report mentions that the district has an annual "CP rate" of 25%.
See also this Feb 2006 news item.
- Rotan ISD [DOC]
Paddling may be used for Level 1 and Level 2 violations, but not levels 3 or 4 (the most serious). It is also the only penalty mentioned for a fourth and fifth tardy per six-week period.
- Rusk ISD
The Athletic document states that "swats" are one of the "discipline techniques" that sports coaches may administer.
- Sabine ISD, Gladewater
At the High School, corporal punishment may occur at steps 3 or 4 (but not both) of the 10-step Discipline Procedure.
The Middle School handbook says that CP is used only for Level 1 offenses (the least serious).
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Salado ISD
CP may be used in grades 7 through 12 -- in other words, at the Junior and Senior High Schools but not at the intermediate or elementary schools. This is de facto true of a number of Texas school districts, but it is unusual for it to be set down in writing.
- Santo ISD [DOC] New!
At the High School, Step Two of the Discipline Management Plan is after-school detention (2 days) or corporal punishment. Step Three is after-school detention (3 days) or corporal punishment. Tardies generally result in after-school detention but, from the sixth one onwards, "Additional tardies will be dealt with according to the overall discipline record of the student. The punishment for this could include any of the following: multiple days of Saturday School, corporal punishment, suspension, or AEP placement."
- Schleicher County ISD, Eldorado
At Eldorado High, corporal punishment features in the policy against the use of cellphones and other electronic devices. A fourth such offense brings a fine of $15 (for the return of the confiscated phone) plus one day of after-school detention (ASD) or 1 swat; a fifth offense, $15 plus 2 days' ASD or two swats; a sixth, $15 plus one day of Saturday School or three swats, plus loss of open campus privileges for two weeks. A seventh such offense incurs a $15 fine plus 3 days' ISS or six swats, to be given as two swats per day for 3 days.
The same punishments apply to a third, fourth, fifth and sixth dress code/grooming violation, respectively. A similar scheme is in place for tardies, except that for a sixth tardy the student will receive 5 days in ISS or no fewer than ten swats in the form of 2 swats per day for five days. This is an increase from six swats in the 2010 EHS handbook.
The Middle School (grades 5 through 8) has corporal punishment in general, but offers no specific scheme of escalating swats as at the High School.
Stats: At the High School in 2011/12, a total of 13 students, all male, received a paddling on at least one occasion. The total male student enrollment was 72, giving an annual "CP rate" for young men of 18% at this very small grade 9-12 school.
- Seminole ISD
At the High School, CP may be administered to students who fail to show up for an assigned lunch detention, or for Wednesday detention; the latter is a new addition since the previous version (pp. 16, 17).
Corporal punishment is the standard consequence for Seminole athletes who commit "minor offenses" such as inappropriate language, "violation of training room policies", and absence from training. For the first such violation, the penalty is simply 1 swat. For the second, the student-athlete receives 2 swats and must sign a behavioral contract. On the third occasion the athlete receives a further 2 swats and there is a parent conference. Parents have to sign off on these rules. If they request no paddling, the student must instead "run 2 miles with a tire", increased by 2 miles for each subsequent offense.
- Seymour ISD
Same-sex requirement "to the extent circumstances allow" (unusual wording) in the pan-district board policy document.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), CP is now particularly mentioned as a penalty for unauthorized use of communications devices. A first such offense brings one swat or one day of ISS. "The parent will also be notified of the incident so they can determine the punishment." For a second offense the consequence is two swats or 2 days' ISS and the parent must come to retrieve the phone at the end of the school day. "Again, when the parent is notified, they will help determine the punishment." A third phone offense results in three swats or 3 days in ISS.
- Shiner ISD
Students failing to meet the dress and grooming code "will be subject to ISS, swats, suspension, etc.".
The Code of Conduct includes the form for opting in or out of CP, which the student him- or herself must sign as well as the parent.
- Sonora ISD
A same-sex requirement previously in the Board Policy document was deleted in Feb 2014.
At the High School, using a cell phone inside the building "will result in automatic ISS placement or swat [sic] and administrative fee".
- Slocum ISD, Elkhart
Stats: At Slocum High School, during the 2011/12 school year, 45 boys and 14 girls were paddled on one or more occasion, out of a student population of 228. Overall that is a 26% rate average, but for boys it is higher: 45 out of 106 students means that 42% of the boys were spanked that year.
- Spring Hill ISD, North Longview
The Junior High School "uses corporal punishment as part of the regular discipline management system". When CP is used, parents are given a Parent Notification form to take home. Parents are provided with a form containing three options. The first says "I am in full agreement with the district's use of corporal punishment and the Parent Notification form is sufficient notification for me". The second asks that the district notify the parent before using CP. The third option refuses permission for CP altogether; in this case parents may be asked to come to the school and pick up the student.
See also this Sep 2014 news item, which states, completely incorrectly, that Spring Hill allows CP only at the primary level. In fact paddling is well used at the (senior) high school as well, according to informed sources.
- Springtown ISD
The board policy was updated in light of the events described in this Sep 2012 news item (with video clip) and its follows-up later the same month (with video clip). The requirement (inadvertently breached at Springtown High School) that the paddler must be of the same sex as the student has been deleted, and now it is permissible for a man to spank a girl or a woman to spank a boy, provided there is a witness of the same sex as the student. Also, each instance of CP must now be specifically requested in writing by a parent, a rare stipulation in Texas. Another odd rule here is that no student may receive CP on more than one occasion per semester.
See also this Sep 2007 news item (with video clip), and this March 2011 news item, which reported that the paddle had been deployed 103 times in the previous seven months, mostly at the student's choice, and that CP is not used at the elementary level.
- Sterling City ISD
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy document.
The junior/senior high school handbook stipulates (Appendix III) that "corporal punishment or removal from school" is the response to a second, third or fourth dress code violation. A paddling is also the first-mentioned penalty for all minor infractions: one swat or one day's suspension for the first offense, 2 swats or 2 days for the second, and 3 swats or 3 days for each of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th offenses.
- Sulphur Springs ISD
"Corporal punishment (paddling)" is one of the "authorized corrective measures" here.
Stats: 94 boys were paddled in the 2009/10 school year at the High School (grades 9 through 12), and no girls. That de facto sex-discrimination policy has now ended: local sources report that the school introduced paddling for girls in early 2014, following a survey of students which asked, "Should girls be allowed to get swats?".
- Sundown ISD
The pan-district Code of Conduct discusses CP at length on page 23. It also says (pages 7-9) that, for gross misconduct such as drug or alcohol use, students are removed to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for a period determined by the principal, and required to undergo counseling. For a fourth such offense, in addition to a further period of DAEP and intense counseling, the consequences can include "periods of suspension, extra work, and corporal punishment".
Students at the High School (grades 9-12) are informed that teachers "are considered your parents during the school day" and must therefore be obeyed. Any student "who chooses to be truant for one or more class periods, tutorials or assemblies" is subject to one of a list of penalties, the first of which is "swats with a paddle".
The Teacher Handbook notes that CP should preferably be delivered by the principal in his office.
The Middle School handbook (grades 6-8) is unusual for a mainstream Texas public school in stating that corporal punishment is to be carried out "by either an administrator or parent". Students sent to the principal's office for the first time are given a choice of one day's after-school detention or one paddle swat. For fighting, the minimum punishment is 2 days' ISS and/or 2 swats. For the fourth and fifth tardy in a six-week period, it is one swat or 3 days' lunch detention; for the sixth, one swat or after-school detention; for the seventh, two swats or 3 days' ASD.
Students placed in Saturday School or ISS, or given the option of swats instead of ISS, may not participate in activities or rewards given for that six-week period such as assembly programs, picnic in the park, 8th grade movie night, etc.
Stats: 13 boys and 4 girls were spanked at the High School during 2011/12, an increase from zero in 2009/10. 27 male and 13 female students were spanked at the Middle School in 2011/12. This too is an increase from zero two years previously.
- Sweetwater ISD
An unusual feature here, explicitly stated for the High School as well as the elementary and middle schools, is that "Parents may be summoned to witness corporal punishment".
At the High School, a first referral to the office means one day in OCS (on-campus suspension, i.e. ISS) or three swats; a second referral, either 3 days' OCS or one day OCS plus 3 swats; a third referral, either 5 days' OCS or 2 days' OCS plus 3 swats. A three-swat spanking plus various amounts of OCS is also the penalty for a 9th, 10th and 11th tardy to school. "Tardy reports will be run at the end of each week and the students consequences will be served the following week."
Stats: No student received CP at the High School in 2009/10, while 80 students had to serve OCS. Two years later, 38 boys and 21 girls were spanked, while the number of students placed in OCS declined by 56% to 35. This looks like a policy switch from OCS only to offering the student the option of corporal punishment.
- Temple ISD
Coaches and PE teachers may use "reasonable physical exercises" to enforce class or team rules, and this is not considered to be "corporal punishment".
See also this May 2009 news report (with video clip) about the district's revival of corporal punishment (with parental approval) after it had previously been abandoned, and this follow-up (with video clip) and this one (with video clip), both from April 2010, reporting that the reintroduction was a success and that "paddling works".
- Tenaha ISD
This is one of the minority of Texas districts that call paddle strokes "pops" rather than "swats". It is firm on lateness: "The school cannot function smoothly unless everyone is at his assigned place at the proper time [...] Tardiness develops wrong attitude toward the common duties of life. Tardiness will result in disciplinary action to the offending student". This includes one pop or one day's ISS for a 5th tardy, and two pops or two days' ISS for a 7th tardy.
Texas Leadership Charter Academy
This school has three branches, in Midland, San Angelo and Arlington. Corporal punishment consists of two swats delivered by a campus administrator, with parental consent in each instance. If parents choose to deny CP, or cannot be contacted, the student is suspended. On the elementary campus, students who fail to show up for detention a second time will be either paddled or suspended. CP is also particularly mentioned as a penalty for cell phone use.
More generally, suspension is described as "an alternative to corporal punishment", not the other way round, suggesting that paddling is probably the default option here. According to informed sources, the amount of ISS normally substituted for CP was in 2012 increased from up to 2 days to up to 5 days, substantially boosting the incentive for parents to consent to paddling. At right is shown the new High School paddle at the San Angelo school.
- Tidehaven ISD, El Maton
Tidehaven used to feature on this page a decade and more ago, but CP had fallen into disuse by 2006. It is now restored: in the 2011/12 school year at the High School (grades 9 through 12), 53 boys and 45 girls were officially paddled, for an annual "CP rate" of 48%.
As at a growing number of schools, the form for opting into or out of CP must be signed by the student as well as the parent. No doubt one benefit of this is that the student then knows his or her parent's decision.
Failure to abide by the dress and grooming code "will be subject to disciplinary action (I.S.S., swats, suspension etc.)".
At the elementary schools, students undergoing ISS or corporal punishment automatically receive a "U" (unsatisfactory) for that six-week period.
- Timpson ISD
Standard minimalist Texas wording in the district-wide policy document.
At the Elementary School, CP is to be administered "in the principal's office or in an area that is not in the line of sight of other students". It may be applied for dress code violations and also for a second bus discipline offense.
The Middle School specifies that paddling may be applied for repeated dress code violations.
At the High School, too, CP is mentioned as a possible penalty for dress code violations. It is no longer specifically mentioned, as it was in earlier versions, as a punishment for tardiness.
- Tom Bean ISD
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy manual.
New for 2014/15, the Middle and High schools have added the provision that the principal will administer CP only on request of the parent or the student. "When corporal punishment is administered as a substitute for SAC, three (3) swats are given for one day of SAC. No more than one (1) day can be substituted."
- Trinidad ISD
Parking or driving violations are Level 1 offenses for which the student will receive parental contact and corporal punishment on a first offense. Public display of affection is a Level 2 offense for which the student will receive "Corporal Punishment or Zero d-hall" on a first offense. These are both available as "Staff Issued Consequences," i.e. they can be assigned by the teacher who witnesses the offense.
Also, Trinidad ISD has modified its discipline chart. Students may now be spanked as an Administration Consequence for "Not referring to a staff member or adult with a proper title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, Coach, etc.)". They may also be spanked for "Refusal or neglect to reply to a staff member/adult as 'sir' or 'ma'am'." Spanking is also available as an Administration Consequence for "Disrupting the singing of the school song." Both the required conduct, and the consequences, were new for 2014/15.
For threatening behavior towards other students, and for horseplay, paddling is now specified for the first, second, third and all subsequent violations.
- Troup ISD New!
A same-sex requirement for the witness in earlier versions of the pan-district policy document has now been deleted (April 2015).
The High School handbook no longer contains, as earlier versions did, a form for parents and students to "opt in" to CP. Parents must now make a written request on their own initiative if they want their son or daughter exempted from CP.
The Extra-curricular Code of Conduct -- which the student him- or herself must sign, as well as the parent -- covers not only all sports but also activities like band, choir, FFA and others. It applies on and off campus and at all times, including during summer vacation. "Violations of these standards of behavior that are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in a student being disciplined under both standards." One of the consequences (chosen by the coach/sponsor) of both Category A and Category B offenses -- which is to say, all offenses -- is "Corporal punishment in the form of strenuous exercise and/or paddling" (an unusual form of words which many will feel extends the definition of CP much too far). Parents are notified of all violations that result in a paddling.
- Tuloso-Midway ISD
Here, "there is no disciplinary appeal" against corporal punishment. CP may be considered as an alternative to ISS on parental request.
See also this Feb 2011 news item (with video clip).
- Tyler ISD
The rules here have been revised. Formerly they said that the paddle must be of wood or plastic, not more than ¼" by 3" by 18", with a maximum of three swats. All that language has now gone, and the only provision about the instrument to be used is that it must "meet District specifications", but we are not told what these are. A same-sex stipulation is new, as also a requirement that parents must be contacted beforehand for each separate spanking.
See also this Nov 2005 news item, reporting that the school board had considered the question of CP and decided to keep it.
- Tyler County Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (New URL)
Nothing to do with Tyler ISD (see previous item), TCDAEP is a "discipline campus" in Woodville operated on behalf of five ISDs: Chester, Colmesneil, Spurger, Warren and Woodville. It is "the last step before expulsion". There are strict rules: "We do not want you to want to be here. DAEP is not a fun place".
Both the student and his or her parent must sign the acknowledgment form that includes: "We are aware and understand that one of the provisions in the TCDAEP Handbook Discipline Code indicates that Corporal Punishment may be an option exercised by the TCDAEP Administrator".
- Van Vleck ISD
"Corporal punishment not to exceed two swats" is a consequence here for Level One and Level Two behaviors, but not for more serious ones.
- Victoria ISD
This school district has recently (2014) abolished a requirement that paddling had to be done by a staff member of the same sex as the student.
According to federal statistics, in 2011 corporal punishment was introduced for the first time at Mitchell Guidance Center, a 6-12 alternative high school where "no form of violence or disrespect is tolerated", and no fewer than 86% of the students there were paddled on at least one occasion in 2011/12. Perhaps as a result, the number of assignments to ISS in the district was reduced by 50% between 2009 and 2011.
See also this Oct 2014 news item and this companion piece.
- Vidor ISD
At the Junior High School, paddling may be administered in lieu of ISS or Special Assignment Class, except in the case of fighting. This substitution may be made only once (per semester? it is not made clear).
The High School handbook states merely that corporal punishment is available. There is no longer any explicit provision that students may choose between a spanking and some other punishment.
At the Middle School, paddling is specifically mentioned as a penalty for Level 2 offenses (truancy, vandalism, tobacco) as an alternative to at least 2 days' ISS.
Other schools in this district mention that they use CP, but give no details.
Stats: This May 2012 news item says there were 224 paddlings at Vidor schools in the first nine months of 2011/12. In the previous whole year there were 133 CP instances at Vidor High School alone (grades 9 through 12), mostly for either "insubordination" or excessive tardies.
- Wall ISD
Corporal punishment (page 38) is available for offenses at Level I, II and III (pp.18-21). It is particularly mentioned in connection with tobacco use (p.58). Also, although the standard punishment for dress code violations is detention, boys "who continually violate the shirt tail policy" -- which is that it has to be tucked in -- may be paddled (one lick per infraction) (p.7).
- Waxahachie ISD [DOC]
Corporal punishment is an "appropriate disciplinary consequence" for Class I, II and III offenses. It is not mentioned in relation to the most serious offenses (Class IV or V). In an earlier version, it was only for Class I and not Class II or Class III, so the scope for paddling has much increased. Efforts will be made to contact the parents beforehand.
- West Orange-Cove CISD
Stats: According to this May 2012 news item, there were 102 paddlings here in the first 9 months of school year 2011/12, but federal statistics now reveal that these were all at the elementary and intermediate schools. The High School did not use CP for many years, but has evidently now (2014/15) resumed doing so.
- West Sabine ISD
The handbook says, in bold type and underlined, "All students attending West Sabine ISD will be subject to Corporal punishment (paddling). Corporal punishment will be used to discourage infractions of the Student Code of Conduct."
In addition to being available generally, CP is specifically mentioned for tardies, at the High School campus only. The second and third tardies attract one after-school detention per tardy or a paddling. For the 4th, 5th and 6th tardies the penalty is one day of Saturday school or a paddling.
As an appendix at the end of the document comes the Athletic Handbook, which states that "Athletes will be administered corporal punishment or conditioning for minor infractions".
- Wheeler ISD [DOC]
Stats: This is yet another Texas district where official figures show that the CP rate has risen sharply in recent years, against the national trend. During school year 2009/10, only five students were paddled. In 2011/12 this figure rose to 94 students.
- Woodville ISD
The Registration Forms include a "Corporal punishment statement" that both the student and his or her parent must sign. The statement has them acknowledge that, in order to opt a student out from CP, the parents must submit a written statement to the principal. No form for doing this is provided, so they have to compose their own letter.
In the athletic program, "physical activity and corporal punishment" are the only two disciplinary actions before suspension.
- Yoakum ISD
The (senior) High School confirms that CP may be used, but gives no details.
At the Junior High, "swats" are specifically mentioned as a punishment for five or more tardies.
At the intermediate school, there is a hint that it can be at the student's choice: "Teachers and administrators will work with the child to find effective discipline management techniques ... Such actions for the child might include ... accepting corporal punishment." But it will be used only when other "forms of student control" have failed. Parents who ask that CP not be used must "agree to be available to pick up my child should he/she need this type of punishment".
- The following Texas public schools or school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details beyond the Texas School Boards Association model text (Corporal punishment "is restricted to spanking or paddling the student" and shall be administered "in a designated place" with an approved instrument. Routine provisions on witnesses and documentation. Parents' requests to opt their student out must be made annually in writing). In many cases, but not all, either the paddler or the witness must be of the same sex as the student:
Abernathy ISD New!
Abilene ISD (and see this March 2011 news item)
Adrian ISD (and see this Nov 2014 news item, according to which Adrian ISD has a "CP rate" of 33%).
Agua Dulce ISD New!
Alvin ISD (and see this April 2010 news item (with video clip))
Athens ISD (and see this Sep 2013 news item)
Azle ISD (and see this March 2011 news item), which reports that CP was used 27 times during the 2009/2010 school year)
Barbers Hill ISD
Bullard ISD New!
Burleson ISD (and see this March 2011 news item, which reports that CP was used 22 times in 2009/2010, and that only the principal may spank, usually on parental request)
Caddo Mills ISD (New URL) (and see this Nov 2007 news item and this Dec 2007 follow-up about a 15-year-old student, pictured, who photographed his own buttocks after receiving a 3-swat paddling)
Celeste ISD New!
Center ISD New!
Cherokee ISD [DOC] (and see this Nov 2014 news item, according to which 29% of the students in the district were paddled in 2011/120)
Chisum ISD, Paris
Christoval ISD New!
City View ISD, Wichita Falls (and see this Dec 2010 report with video clip, and this March 2011 item and its follows-up with video clips.)
Cleveland ISD (and see this Nov 2005 news item (with video clip)
Copperas Cove ISD
Community ISD New!
Crystal City ISD
Crockett County CCSD, Ozona
Crosbyton CISD [DOC] New!
Denver City ISD
Dime Box ISD
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
East Chambers ISD (and see this May 2012 news item stating that out of 1,315 students there were just 25 no-paddle requests by parents in 2011/12, and this Nov 2014 report giving a CP rate of 7% for that year)
Ector County ISD, Odessa
El Campo ISD (and see this April 2010 news item
Everman ISD (and see this Aug 2006 illustrated news item with video clip)
Fabens ISD (and see this Feb 2007 news item)
Fort Stockton ISD (and see this Mar 2005 news item, and this Aug 2008 news item with video clip)
Gold-Burg ISD, Bowie (New URL)
Groveton ISD (and see this Sep 2005 news item, and this Nov 2014 news item according to which 28% of the students in the district were paddled in 2011/12)
Hallsburg ISD, Waco (and see this Aug 2005 news item)
Hamshire-Fannett ISD (and see this May 2012 news item -- 73 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Harleton ISD New!
Hearne ISD [DOC]
Iowa Park CISD
Irion County ISD [DOC]
Jonesboro ISD [DOC]
Joshua ISD (and see this Apr 2008 news item with video clip, and this March 2011 report, which says that there were 30 paddlings in 2009/2010)
Karnes City ISD
Keene ISD (and see this Oct 2012 news report and this Dec 2012 follow-up, which reveals that in practice it is only the elementary school that uses CP)
(and see this May 2012 news item, according to which there were 39 paddlings at Kountze schools in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Lake Dallas ISD
LaPoynor ISD, LaRue
La Vega ISD (and see this Feb 2010 news item and this June 2010 follow-up)
Leon ISD, Jewett New!
Leverett's Chapel ISD
Lipan ISD [DOC]
Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated ISD, Orange (and see this May 2012 news item, according to which there were 43 paddlings in this district in the first nine months of 2011/12, and this Aug 2012 report that the school board had decided not to abolish CP, and was considering doing away with the requirement for the person administering the punishment to be of the same sex as the student)
Littlefield ISD (92 boys and 36 girls paddled at the senior High School in 2011/12, an 82% increase on five years earlier)
Livingston ISD New!
Longview ISD (and see this Feb 2007 news item and this Sep 2014 one)
Louise ISD (and see this April 2010 news item)
Lubbock ISD (and see also news reports from April 2010 and Jan 2012 and Feb 2012)
Lumberton ISD (and see also this May 2012 news item -- 87 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Mabank ISD New!
Magnolia ISD (and see this June 2008 news item)
Mainland Preparatory Academy, La Marque (charter school)
Marble Falls ISD (and see this Aug 2005 news item)
Marshall ISD (and see this Feb 2012 news item and this Oct 2012 follow-up)
Medina Valley ISD
Midland ISD (and see this Sep 2011 news item)
Mission CISD New!
Montgomery ISD (New URL)
Morgan Mill ISD
Mt. Enterprise ISD
New Braunfels ISD
Newton ISD [DOC] (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
New Waverly ISD
North Forest ISD (and see this April 2010 news item and this Feb 2011 news item)
Orangefield ISD (and see this May 2012 news item -- 103 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Palacios ISD (and see this July 2005 news item)
Panther Creek CISD, Valera (and see this Feb 2012 news item)
Paradise ISD New!
Pharr - San Juan - Alamo ISD (and see this Feb 2005 news item)
Port Arthur ISD
Port Neches-Groves ISD (and see news items from March 2012 and May 2012 -- 90 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Quanah ISD (and this May 2012 news item about a paddling at Quanah High School)
Ranger ISD [DOC]
Refugio ISD (and see also this Nov 2008 news item)
Rio Vista ISD
Rising Star ISD
Rosebud-Lott ISD (and see this June 2009 news item)
San Angelo ISD
San Augustine ISD (and see this Nov 2009 news item)
San Benito ISD (and see this March 2013 news item)
San Isidro ISD
San Saba ISD (see page 13)
Sivells Bend ISD [DOC]
Somerset ISD (this is a reinstatement following abolition in 2010)
Splendora ISD [DOC]
Spurger ISD New!
Tatum ISD [DOC] (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
Texarkana ISD (Texas) (and see this March 2006 news item and this Oct 2014 one)
Tornillo ISD (and see this Feb 2007 news report that CP was reinstated after having been abandoned)
Valley View ISD
Water Valley ISD
West Rusk County CISD
White Oak ISD (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
WISCONSIN: private schools
- Eagle Christian School, Richland Center (New URL)
Minor offenses, such as chewing gum once, "are not to be disciplined with the paddle". However, if a student receives a "third disciplinary memo", the parents are summoned for a conference, and "a spanking may be administered at this time or any other appropriate time".
The parents are given the opportunity to deliver the spanking themselves, but it must take place on the same day as the offense, on school premises, and be witnessed by a teacher or administrator. If the parent refuses to allow it, the student is expelled. The instrument is a flat board, available in the school office.
The number of strokes is decided by the staff and shall be from one to three (in previous versions it was up to 10), applied to the buttocks.
WYOMING: public schools
- Fremont County School District, Riverton
This stipulates that only elementary schools may use corporal punishment; a record must be kept. At the Middle School and the High School, "no paddle or other means of inflicting such punishment shall be retained on school premises".
In fact, none of the four elementary schools mentions CP in the discipline pages of their individual websites, so this policy may be a dead letter.
- These Wyoming public schools also state that they may use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Carbon County School District (covers Encampment, Hanna, Saratoga)