TENNESSEE: private schools
- Faith Christian Academy, Jamestown [PDF] New!
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".
- 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 [PDF]
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.
- These Tennessee private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
West End Academy, Knoxville [PDF]
TENNESSEE: public schools
- Anderson County Schools (covers Andersonville, Briceville, Clinton, Heiskell, Lake City, Norris, Oliver Springs, Powell) [PDF]
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.
- Decatur County Schools [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF] (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 [PDF]
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 [PDF] (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 [PDF] New!
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 [PDF]
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.
- Putnam County Schools [PDF] (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 [PDF], CP is a suggested response for offenses at levels I, II and II 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 [PDF]
Principals and Assistant Principals may use CP. There are no details of the modus operandi. Parents must fill in a form every year stating that they either don't give consent for CP, or that they do, in which case they must also say whether or not they want to be contacted beforehand.
Tipton County Schools (covers Brighton, Covington, Drummonds, Munford) [PDF]
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, strangely, CP is mentioned only in connection with tobacco use.
Official statistics indicate that some 1,580 paddlings were administered 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]
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 [PDF] (and see this March 2014 news item)
Bledsoe County Schools
Carter County Schools, Elizabethton [PDF]
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)
Meigs County Schools, Decatur
Perry County Schools (covers Linden, Lobelville) (and see this Sep 2007 news item and video clip)
Robertson County Schools, Springfield [PDF] New!
Sequatchie County Schools (see page 31) (Elementary and Middle schools only) (and see this Aug 2013 news item)
Unicoi County Schools, Erwin
Union City Schools
Union County Public Schools, Maynardville [PDF]
Washington County Schools, Jonesborough
- These Tennessee public schools or school districts are known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when I last checked, or are not on line at all:
Cumberland County Board of Education -- see this July 2012 news item (with video clip)
Henry County Schools -- see this Dec 2009 news item (with video clip)
TEXAS: private schools
- Azle Christian School [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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.
- Cornerstone Academy, Amarillo [PDF]
At this K-12 Christian school, "Scriptural discipline (paddling)" seems 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, using a flat wooden paddle. There is a list of 18 offenses for which a paddling is the consequence.
- Christian Life Center Academy, Humble [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
"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".
- Liberty Christian School, Argyle [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF], 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 [PDF]
"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 [PDF]
"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.
- Plainview Christian Academy, Plainview [PDF]
"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.
- Rolling Hills Christian Academy, Forth Worth [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
"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 [PDF]
"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 [PDF]
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".
- The following Texas private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Calvary Baptist Academy, New Braunfels (Alternative link)
Faith Christian Academy, Palmhurst [DOC]
San Angelo Christian Academy [PDF] (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 schools.
- Alvarado ISD [PDF]
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 describes the procedure, 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 student 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 CP is not used at the elementary school at all.
- Amherst ISD [PDF]
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.
- Anton ISD [PDF]
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.
- 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".
- Avinger ISD [PDF]
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 [PDF] New!
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 which the youth later 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.
(Below: Football at Ozen High School in 2012 - Beaumont Enterprise website)
- Big Spring ISD [PDF]
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy manual.
Two items are of interest in the package of forms. One is the student referral form, which requires 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 one and a half hours in 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". A very 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 [PDF]
Corporal punishment here is no longer explicitly confined to the least serious offenses. The handbook includes a form on which parents state whether or not they consent to CP; this has to be signed by the student as well as the parent.
See also these minutes of a School Board meeting [PDF] (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 being punished, so that 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".
- Brazosport ISD (covers Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Richwood) [PDF]
Corporal punishment must be "done in a private place", "in a respectful manner and without any emotional involvement". The student is to be given the opportunity to say if there is any "family or medical" reason why he/she should not be paddled.
- Breckenridge ISD [PDF]
Standard Texas wording at board policy level.
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. It is not clear whether this is a choice for the student him- or herself to make.
The Junior High handbook says that teachers, as well as the principal and assistant principal, may paddle. There is no mention of specific punishments for specific offenses; the penalties for tardies are the same as at the senior high except there is no mention of CP.
At South Elementary, a student who fails to show up for detention receives one day of ISS or one paddle swat. Paddling is also mentioned as a possible consequence of misbehavior while serving 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 [PDF]
Standard wording, with same-sex requirement.
The High School's campus improvement plan 2013-14 states 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.
- 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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF], 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."
- Buna ISD - Board Policy [PDF]
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, according to which there were 93 paddlings at Buna schools in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
- Calhoun County ISD (covers Port Lavaca, Port O'Connor, Seadrift) [PDF]
Typical Texas wording, with a same-sex requirement.
At Calhoun High (grades 9-12), students are offered the opportunity to take 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."
- Cameron ISD [PDF] New!
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.
- Canadian ISD [PDF]
Confusingly, Canadian is the name of a town in Texas. The board policy document gives the usual Texas wording and says that the instrument used in administering CP must be approved by the principal.
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 (no details provided) may be used as a discipline management technique.
- Center Point ISD [PDF]
"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 [PDF] (covers Channelview)
Gives detailed rules for the administration of corporal punishment (max. 3 swats). Paddles shall not be generally displayed. It is made explicit that students will always have a choice of some other disciplinary measure. "The principal or designee may choose not to use corporal punishment even if the parent has requested it."
- Chapel Hill ISD -- Titus County, Mount Pleasant [PDF]
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, whether to class or to school, in each nine-week period.
- Chapel Hill ISD -- Smith County, Tyler [PDF]
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 [PDF]
"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.
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 spanking as far as grades 9 through 12 were concerned.
- Columbia-Brazoria ISD [PDF] New!
Spanking or paddling may be used here 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 spanked in school year 2011/12, ten of them at the senior High School).
- Cisco ISD [DOC]
Corporal punishment may be applied for a Level II or Level III offense. It is also one of the penalties for failure to show up for lunch detention.
- Columbus ISD
This is one of several 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.
The High School has standard Texas wording only.
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
CP may be a consequence for Category II and Category III offenses. The paddle used must be approved by the principal.
See also this June 2008 news report about a controversy over the spanking of a high-school girl for a dress code violation.
- Crane ISD [PDF]
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 by Crane ISD, since the district recorded no paddlings in recent school years, according to federal statistics.
- Crawford ISD [PDF]
"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, see the rules for behavior while in in-school suspension (ISS): failure to comply with these "may result in swats, extra days, or both".
- Cross Roads ISD, Malakoff [PDF] (New URL)
Corporal punishment may be used for Level I and Level II offenses, but is not mentioned for more serious ones.
- Cuero ISD [PDF]
Corporal punishment 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 [PDF]
Corporal punishment 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.
- DeSoto ISD [PDF]
Corporal punishment ("administered by principal or designee only") is listed here as a Suggested Administrative Discipline Technique for grades Pre K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 (in other words, everybody) for categories of offense "minor", "moderate" or "major", but not for "severe" offenses. 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.
117 students received one or more paddlings here in 2011/12, according to official statistics. 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 [PDF]
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 internet pornography.
- Dimmitt ISD [PDF]
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. At least, I think that is what the confusing text means.
- Dodd City ISD [PDF]
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 available in grades 1 through 6, where CP is not specifically mentioned.
- Donna ISD [PDF]
Standard Texas wording in the pan-district policy document.
At Veterans, a penalty of "1-3 days of ISS or 1 swat" is given for a fifth office referral for a minor offense, and "3-5 days of ISS or 2 swats" for a sixth one. 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 and on. In no case is a paddling of more than two swats specifically mentioned.
- Dumas ISD [PDF]
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".
163 boys and 91 girls underwent one or more paddlings at this grade 9 through 12 high school in 2011/12, US Department of Education figures reveal.
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.
See also this Aug 2008 news item.
- Duncanville City ISD [PDF]
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 [PDF]
Offenses here are no longer categorized into different levels. Corporal punishment (no details provided) 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, corporal punishment may be a consequence for Level I offenses (the least serious). In a new departure, it is now also specifically mentioned as a penalty for misconduct while serving in-school suspension (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 [PDF]
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. Much 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 seems to mean a 4-swat spanking spread over two consecutive days.
Federal statistics disclose that 80 students were paddled here in 2011/12, almost all of them at the High School. This was an increase from precisely zero in 2006-07.
- Ennis ISD [PDF]
Unusually 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 [PDF] (New URL)
In June 2014 this school board deleted a same-sex requirement for CP that had been in place since Oct 2011.
- Farwell ISD [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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". All students are subject to random searches for prohibited items. 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 [PDF]
The person administering CP must be of the same sex as the student.
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 [PDF] New!
George West is a town, not a person.
At the High School, in addition to the usual Texas language, paddling is specifically mentioned as a penalty 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.
- Godley ISD [PDF]
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 any detailed tariff.
See also this March 2011 news report, noting that there were a mere 21 paddlings here in the previous six months.
- Gold-Burg ISD [PDF]
The student may be given a choice between CP and another punishment. Paddling is no longer specifically mentioned as a penalty for tardies.
- 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 [PDF]
"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." That seems to cover just about everything.
- Grandview ISD [PDF]
Standard basic Texas language, plus a same-sex requirement.
The elementary school handbook just mentions that CP is available.
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.
- Granger ISD [DOC]
Paddling may be administered by a teacher or the principal, but only in the principal's office. High school students may choose a paddling instead of ISS with the principal's approval. Parents are contacted before CP is used.
- Grape Creek ISD, San Angelo [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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, according to federal stats.
- Hardin-Jefferson ISD (covers China, Nome, Sour Lake) [PDF]
Standard minimalist Texas language in the ordinary school handbook.
The Athletic Handbook emphasizes, in an addendum dated 2007, that sportsmen (males only) are subject to corporal punishment within the athletic department. Parents are invited on a separate form [PDF] 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.
See also this May 2012 news report, according to which there were 53 paddlings in the district in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
- Henderson ISD [PDF]
Here, "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 that 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 occasions 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 [PDF]
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.
The secondary handbook states that "the district may give the student a choice between other disciplinary measures and corporal punishment". Paddles should not be put on display. The elementary handbook contains similar language.
- Hitchcock ISD [PDF]
Only the principal or assistant principal may paddle. "The district may give the student a choice between other disciplinary measures and corporal punishment." What is interesting about this district is that it abolished CP as long ago as 2002, but decided in 2011 to reintroduce it.
- Huntington ISD [PDF]
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 seems to be a form of in-school suspension.
And see this July 2011 news item, stating 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.
- Iraan-Sheffield ISD (covers Iraan and Sheffield) [PDF]
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 [PDF]
The pan-district Code of Conduct merely mentions that CP may be used.
The High School has a highly unusual "Campus 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, as seems to be suggested, the student will certainly have a sore rear end by the third day. There is an implication that this CP option is at the choice of the student, and in practice I should think that with this level of severity it would have to be. At all events it appears to apply only to grades 9 through 12: no equivalent scheme is announced for the Middle School.
Interestingly, 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 paddlings 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 [PDF]
At the High School and the Junior High School, CP may be administered 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, etc.). The paddling takes place instead of detention, ISS or OSS, depending on the level of offense.
No details of punishment at the elementary school are given.
- Kemp ISD [PDF] New!
Students here may be spanked 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 doesn't appear to make sense, and might be an editing error.
- Kilgore ISD [PDF] New!
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 [PDF]
Corporal punishment 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 [PDF]
Violations that may attract a paddling include vandalism, stealing, theft, fireworks, tobacco, electronic devices, hoaxes, fire extinguisher, leaving classroom without permission, dress code violations, gambling, cheating, skateboards, public display of affection, refusal to accept discipline management techniques, profanity, 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.
- Lefors ISD [PDF]
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", bearing in mind that CP is "not necessarily the result of a major infraction of school rules".
- Lorena ISD [PDF]
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 [PDF]
CP is available for Class One and Class Two offenses. In addition to the usual Texas form of words, 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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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. Similarly, 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 [PDF]
In 7th through 12 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 [PDF]
The pan-district student handbook gives standard Texas wording.
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).
- Merkel ISD [PDF]
Corporal punishment must be administered by the principal or a designee.
At the High School, CP (no details provided) is a possible consequence for level II and level 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 [PDF]
This district reintroduced corporal punishment in 2009, having abolished it in 2003.
- Midlothian ISD [PDF]
The board policy document gives standard minimalist Texas wording.
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 (grades 9 through 12) says only that corporal punishment is available. None of the handbooks gives any details of the paddling procedure.
- Mineola ISD [PDF]
An unusual provision here is that members of sports teams are not allowed the usual parental 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 [PDF]
The following picture is 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 [DOC]
Unusually, this school district allows parents to be present when corporal punishment is administered.
- Mount Pleasant ISD [PDF]
The pan-district policy document gives standard Texas wording. CP may be administered only by the principal or designee, who must be of the same sex as the student. There is no information about the modus operandi.
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.
- Muenster ISD [PDF]
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.
- Mumford ISD [PDF]
"Certain laws, rules, and regulations are necessary in any societal group and are meant to serve as guidelines to acceptable behavior as well as deterrents to unacceptable behavior... The administration of corporal punishment may be used if deemed necessary by the by the principal".
- Munday CISD [PDF] New!
Parents are urged not to deny the use of CP because it limits the principal's options and may mean placement in DAEP.
The Discipline Management System includes 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 can request that only swats or detention/ISS be used as a consequence with their child, but must do so by having a written request on file in the campus office for each academic year."
- Nacogdoches ISD [PDF]
This district operates a parental "opt-in" system for CP rather than the more common "opt-out" method that is now the minimum requirement under Texas law. In earlier versions there was a maximum of three swats but that seems no longer to be mentioned.
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).
- Nederland ISD [PDF]
For CP in the district as a whole, the person delivering the swats must be of the same sex as the student being disciplined.
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.
108 students were paddled in this district in 2011/12 -- 87 of them boys in grades 9 through 12.
See also news reports from Aug 2008 and March 2012 and May 2012.
- New Home ISD [PDF]
Here, corporal punishment "does not require parental consent", although parents may opt out of CP as now laid down 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 [PDF]
The person administering a paddling must be of the same sex as the student.
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 [PDF]
Minimal Texas language in the pan-district handbook.
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
The current 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 provision is new; the 2011 version of the Athletic Handbook did not mention corporal punishment at all.
- Onalaska ISD [DOC]
This Code of Conduct sets out 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. For instance, 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.
- Overton ISD [PDF]
Corporal punishment is available, but no details are given. Athletes may be spanked for violating the team rules.
- Paris ISD [PDF]
CP here is limited just 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 unspecified 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 US Department of Education figures, 257 students were paddled in Paris ISD schools in 2011/12, up from 180 two years earlier.
- Perryton ISD [PDF]
Spanking is specifically mentioned here as a punishment for repeated tardiness.
- Petrolia CISD [PDF]
"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".
- 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 tells them that it is not their job to act as disciplinarian: "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 [PDF]
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.
- Prairiland ISD, Pattonville [PDF]
At the High School, there is special provision for tardies. For the fifth and sixth tardy, the punishment is "one lick or detention". The seventh and eighth tardy (presumably per semester) bring "2 licks or Saturday School". (The use of the word "lick" is relatively unusual in Texas, where strokes of the paddle are nearly always called "swats".) Oddly, the separate handbook for the Junior High School does not mention CP for tardies at all, only detention.
61 young men and 11 young ladies were officially spanked out of the 350 students at this senior high school (grades 9 through 12) in school year 2011/12, according to US Department of Education figures -- a dramatic increase from just 5 students (all boys) in 2006-07.
- Pringle-Morse ISD, Morse [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
Standard Texas wording in the pan-district policy document. 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.
- Roscoe CISD [PDF] (New URL)
This handbook stresses that 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 in earlier versions, 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 management techniques.
See also this Feb 2006 news item.
- Rotan ISD [DOC]
Here, 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 [PDF]
Standard Texas language.
The Athletic document states that "swats" are one of the "discipline techniques" that sports coaches may administer.
- Sabine ISD, Gladewater [PDF] New!
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 [PDF]
This district states that 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 actually the case in a number of Texas school districts, but it is unusual for it to be set down in writing.
- Schleicher County ISD, Eldorado [PDF]
Standard Texas wording, with a same-sex requirement.
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.
US Department of Education figures indicate that, 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 a "CP rate" for young men of 18% at this very small grade 9-12 school.
- Seminole ISD [PDF]
Standard Texas form of words in the pan-district policy document.
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF] New!
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".
- Splendora ISD [DOC]
Standard form of words. The Athletics document clarifies that sports team members are subject to CP for failure to complete academic assignments and for disrespect.
- Spring Hill ISD, North Longview [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 new 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 [PDF]
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy document.
The junior/senior high school handbook stipulates (see 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.
Official figures show that 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 [PDF]
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". 13 boys and 4 girls were spanked at the High School during 2011/12, an increase from zero in the previous period for which stats are available (2009/10).
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.
27 male and 13 female students were spanked at the Middle School on one or more occasions in 2011/12. Again, this is an increase from zero two years previously.
- Sweeny ISD
One of the "discipline options" for student athletes is "corporal correction if allowed by the parent or guardian". The document pleads with parents to allow it: "We would like to have the option to use corporal punishment as a behavioral modification technique. Due to the nature of this discipline, we would use corporal punishment in place of physical punishment. We would always allow your child the option to choose. Due to the amount of time it takes to notify parents, we will not be calling you prior to administering the punishment."
The form that parents are required to sign (page 21) states "I will (will not) allow my son/daughter to receive corporal punishment in athletics".
At page 19 is the "Written Reprimand Form", the second "Consequences" tickbox in which is labeled "Corporal punishment", followed by others relating to being suspended for a number of games, etc. The Student-Athlete has to sign this form below the line "I agree to do my part to follow the requirements of this reprimand". The form is also to be signed by the Head Coach and the Athletic Director. It is the latter who administers the paddling.
- Sweetwater ISD [PDF]
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."
Official statistics indicate that no student received CP at the High School in school year 2009-10, while 80 students had to serve OCS. But two years later, 38 boys and 21 girls were spanked, while the number of students spending time in OCS declined by 56% to 35. This looks like a deliberate policy switch from OCS only to offering the student the option of corporal punishment.
- Temple ISD [PDF]
In addition to the standard minimal Texas wording about "spanking or paddling", this document says that coaches and PE teachers may use "reasonable physical exercises" to enforce class or team rules, and that 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".
Texas Leadership Charter Academy [PDF]
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" rather than the other way round, suggesting that paddling is probably the norm 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 [PDF]
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.
As at a seemingly 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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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."
- Tuloso-Midway ISD [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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 [PDF]
"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 [PDF]
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, an alternative high school. Perhaps as a result of that, the number of assignments to ISS was reduced by 50% between 2009 and 2011.
- Vidor ISD [PDF]
Standard Texas wording in the pan-district board policy.
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 further information.
See also this May 2012 news item stating that there were 224 paddlings at Vidor schools in the first nine months of the 2011/12 school year. In the previous whole year there were 133 CP instances at Vidor High School alone (grades 9 through 12), the majority of them either for "insubordination" or for excessive tardies.
- Wall ISD [PDF]
Inferior print quality in this PDF means that the "search within document" function does not work. 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 increased considerably. All reasonable efforts will be made to contact the parents beforehand.
- West Orange-Cove CISD [PDF]
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 [PDF]
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".
- Woodville ISD [PDF]
The employee administering CP must be of the same sex as the student.
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 write their own letter.
In the athletic program, "physical activity and corporal punishment" are the only two disciplinary actions before suspension.
- Yoakum ISD [PDF]
Standard Texas wording in the pan-district policy manual.
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 rather 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." However, it will be used only when other "forms of student control" have failed. Parents who request that CP not be used must also "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 no details beyond the standard Texas wording (Corporal punishment "is restricted to spanking or paddling the student" and shall be administered "in a designated place" with an approved instrument. Normal stuff about witnesses and documentation. Parents' requests to opt their student out must be made annually in writing). In several cases, but not all, either the paddler or the witness must be of the same sex as the student:
Abilene ISD [PDF] (and see this March 2011 news item)
Alto ISD [PDF] New!
Alvin ISD [PDF] (and see this April 2010 news item (with video clip))
Anahuac ISD [PDF]
Andrews ISD [PDF]
Aransas County ISD (covers Rockport-Fulton) [PDF] New!
Athens ISD (and see this Sep 2013 news item)
Azle ISD [PDF] (and see this March 2011 news item), which reports that CP was used 27 times during the 2009-2010 school year)
Ballinger ISD [PDF]
Barbers Hill ISD [PDF]
Bells ISD [PDF] New!
Blackwell CISD [PDF]
Bovina ISD [PDF] New!
Bowie ISD [PDF]
Brackett ISD [PDF]
Brazos ISD [PDF]
Burleson ISD [PDF] (and see this March 2011 news item, which reports that CP was used 22 times during the 2009-2010 school year, and that only the principal may spank, usually on parental request)
Bushland ISD [PDF]
Caddo Mills ISD [PDF] (and see this Nov 2007 news item and this Dec 2007 follow-up about a 15-year-old student, pictured, who photographed his own bruised buttocks after receiving a three-swat paddling)
Calallen ISD, Corpus Christi [PDF] (and see this Feb 2011 news item)
Callisburg ISD [PDF]
Chico ISD [PDF]
Chisum ISD, Paris [PDF]
City View ISD, Wichita Falls [PDF] (and see this Dec 2010 report with video clip, and this March 2011 item and its follows-up with video clips.)
Cleveland ISD [PDF] (and see this Nov 2005 news item (with video clip)
Coahoma ISD [PDF]
Copperas Cove ISD [PDF]
Crystal City ISD [PDF]
Damon ISD [PDF]
Denver City ISD [PDF]
Deweyville ISD [PDF] New!
Dime Box ISD [PDF]
Dublin ISD [PDF]
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD [PDF]
East Chambers ISD [PDF] (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)
Ector County ISD, Odessa [PDF]
El Campo ISD [PDF] (and see this April 2010 news item
Electra ISD [PDF]
Everman ISD [PDF] (and see this Aug 2006 illustrated news item with video clip)
Fabens ISD [PDF] (and see this Feb 2007 news item)
Fairfield ISD [PDF]
Floydada ISD [PDF]
Forsan ISD [PDF]
Fort Stockton ISD [PDF] (and see this Mar 2005 news item, and this Aug 2008 news item and its related video clip)
Gladewater ISD [PDF] New! (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
Graham ISD [PDF]
Groveton ISD [PDF] (and see this Sep 2005 news item
Hallettsville ISD [PDF]
Hallsburg ISD, Waco [PDF] (and see this Aug 2005 news item)
Hamilton ISD [PDF] New!
Hamlin ISD [PDF]
Hamshire-Fannett ISD [PDF] (and see this May 2012 news item -- 73 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Harrold ISD [PDF]
Hearne ISD [DOC]
Hemphill ISD [PDF]
Hereford ISD [PDF]
Hillsboro ISD [PDF]
Huffman ISD [PDF]
Idalou ISD [PDF]
Ingram ISD [PDF]
Iowa Park CISD [PDF]
Irion County ISD [DOC]
Jonesboro ISD [DOC]
Joshua ISD [PDF] (and see this Apr 2008 news item and its related video clip, and this March 2011 report, which says that there were 30 paddlings in school year 2009-2010)
Jourdanton ISD [PDF]
Karnes City ISD [PDF]
Keene ISD [PDF] (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)
Kountze ISD [PDF]
(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)
Krum ISD [PDF]
Lake Dallas ISD [PDF]
La Vega ISD [PDF] (and see this Feb 2010 news item and this June 2010 follow-up)
Levelland ISD [PDF]
Leverett's Chapel ISD [PDF]
Liberty ISD [PDF]
Liberty-Eylau ISD, Texarkana [PDF]
Lipan ISD [DOC]
Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated ISD, Orange [PDF] (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 [PDF] (92 boys and 36 girls paddled at the senior High School in 2011/12, an 82% increase on five years earlier)
Longview ISD [PDF] (and see this Feb 2007 news item and this Sep 2014 one)
Louise ISD [PDF] (and see this April 2010 news item)
Lubbock ISD [PDF] (and see also news reports from April 2010 and Jan 2012 and Feb 2012)
Lumberton ISD [PDF] (New URL) (and see also this May 2012 news item -- 87 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Lytle ISD [PDF]
Magnolia ISD [PDF] (and see this June 2008 news item)
Marble Falls ISD [PDF] (and see this Aug 2005 news item)
Marshall ISD [PDF] (and see this Feb 2012 news item and this Oct 2012 follow-up)
McLean ISD [PDF]
Meadow ISD [PDF]
Medina Valley ISD [PDF]
Midland ISD [PDF] (and see this Sep 2011 news item)
Mildred ISD [PDF]
Montgomery ISD [PDF]
Morgan Mill ISD
Navasota ISD [PDF] New!
Nazareth ISD [PDF]
New Braunfels ISD [PDF] (New URL)
Newcastle ISD [PDF]
Newton ISD [DOC] New! (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
New Waverly ISD [PDF]
North Forest ISD [PDF] (and see this April 2010 news item and this Feb 2011 news item)
Orangefield ISD [PDF] (and see this May 2012 news item - 103 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Palacios ISD [PDF] (and see this July 2005 news item)
Palestine ISD [PDF]
Panther Creek CISD, Valera [PDF] (and see this Feb 2012 news item)
Pearsall ISD [PDF] New!
Pettus ISD [PDF]
Pharr - San Juan - Alamo ISD [PDF] (and see this Feb 2005 news item)
Pine Tree ISD, Longview [PDF] (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
Pittsburg ISD [PDF]
Pleasanton ISD [PDF]
Port Arthur ISD [PDF]
Port Neches-Groves ISD [PDF] (and see news items from March 2012 and May 2012 -- 90 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12)
Post ISD [PDF]
Pottsboro ISD [PDF]
Princeton ISD [PDF]
Quanah ISD [PDF] (and this May 2012 news item about a paddling at Quanah High School)
Ranger ISD [DOC]
Refugio ISD [PDF] (and see also this Nov 2008 news item)
Rio Vista ISD [PDF] New!
Rising Star ISD [PDF]
Rivercrest ISD [PDF] New!
Rogers ISD [PDF]
Roosevelt ISD [PDF] (and see this Feb 2012 news item)
Rosebud-Lott ISD [PDF] (and see this June 2009 news item)
San Angelo ISD [PDF]
San Augustine ISD [PDF] (and see this Nov 2009 news item)
San Benito ISD [PDF] (and see this March 2013 news item)
San Isidro ISD [PDF]
San Saba ISD [PDF] (see page 13)
Shallowater ISD [PDF]
Silsbee ISD [PDF]
Simms ISD [PDF]
Sivells Bend ISD [DOC]
Somerville ISD [PDF] New!
Southwest ISD [PDF]
Sudan ISD [PDF]
Tatum ISD [DOC] (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
Teague ISD [PDF]
Texarkana ISD (Texas) (and see this March 2006 news item)
Tornillo ISD [PDF] (and see this Feb 2007 news report that CP was reinstated after having been abandoned)
Trenton ISD [PDF]
Troup ISD [PDF]
Valley View ISD [PDF]
Water Valley ISD [PDF]
Weatherford ISD [PDF]
West Rusk ISD [PDF]
Whitehouse ISD [PDF]
White Oak ISD [PDF] New! (and see this Sep 2014 news item)
Whitewright ISD [PDF]
Whitney ISD [PDF]
Wink-Loving ISD [PDF]
Woden ISD [PDF]
Zephyr ISD [PDF]
VIRGINIA: private schools
- Greenbriar Christian Academy, Chesapeake [PDF]
This handbook states that in certain situations CP "is scriptural" and is effective in correcting behavior. However, it is "rarely used" and in most cases is carried out by the parent at the school's request. The CP policy is no longer set out in detail (you now have to ask the school office for a copy), but it used to say that CP would not be used if "the student refuses to be spanked in the proper format" or refers to "any physical problem that might be complicated by spanking".
WASHINGTON STATE: private schools
- Maple Valley Christian Elementary School, Renton
This school doesn't detail its punishments, but it says it is guided by the "biblical principles of discipline set forth by" Dr James Dobson, who famously favors CP at this age group.
WISCONSIN: private schools
- Eagle Christian School, Richland Center
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 church office.
There is an unusually high maximum dose of "ten strokes on the behind".
- Faith Christian School, Coleman [PDF]
Application form on which parents must invest authority in the school to use corporal punishment (no details provided).
- Wyldewood Christian School, Oshkosh
Before students will be accepted, parents must sign the "Corporal correction policy". However, the school has written to me to say that the staff do not administer the CP; the parents must agree to do it at home.
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 I suspect 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) [PDF]