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    TENNESSEE: private and charter schools

  • Calvary Baptist School, Dayton
    Methods of discipline may include corporal punishment, to be administered in the presence of the principal. Parents not wishing CP to be used must inform both the school office and the classroom teacher in writing.
        See also the "Statement of Cooperation", which a parent must sign and, in 7th through 12th grade, the student also. This gives permission for any school staff to administer CP if necessary. "We understand that we will be called and can administer said punishment ourselves, but must come to the school to do so."

  • Christ's Legacy Academy, Athens
    Very detailed provisions here: "Corporal punishment should be administered in the Head of School's office with a wooden paddle [...] The child's clothes will remain in place. Generally, there should be 3 swats on the bottom, while the student's hands are placed on the table in front of them." This form of discipline is for serious or repeated offenses.

  • City University Schools, Memphis This is a group of four public charter schools -- two middle schools and two high schools -- not subject to the ban on CP at ordinary Memphis public schools.
        The School of Liberal Arts is a co-educational high school for grades 9 through 12. Scholars not compliant with the Code of Conduct "will be subject to disciplinary action, which will include any punitive action from corporal punishment to suspension". Also: "Once it is concluded that disciplinary action must be undertaken, the execution thereof will be swift, decisive and final."
        Paddling is apparently the only available penalty for repeated tardiness: "On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th unexcused tardy in a six-week period, corporal punishment will be administered".
        In addition, all dress code offenses "are subject to corporal punishment at the discretion of school administration".
        New in 2015, the School of Independence is another high school, with identical CP provisions.
        There are also two "preparatory schools", one for girls and one for boys, covering grades 6 through 8. At the boys' school, "disciplinary action may include corporal punishment at the discretion of school administration." The handbook for the girls' school does not seem to be available.

  • Covenant Baptist Academy, Sweetwater
    In grades 5 through 12, a fourth dress code violation incurs a paddling AND detention.

  • Faith Christian Academy, Jamestown
    Parents must sign that they give the school permission for paddling as a last resort.

  • Family Christian School, Denmark
    "Paddling will be an option for severe offenses such as fighting, disrespect to authority or defiance. It will also be an option for lesser offenses when other methods have been tried and found not to be effective in curtailing repetition of the problem behavior." CP is to be given in the Administration Office, with a maximum of three swats.

  • Good Shepherd Children's Home, Murfreesboro
    "Corporal correction" at this Christian residential institution for ages 5 through 15 consists of a maximum of five "firm strokes to the child's bottom" with "a simple, flat paddle".

  • 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 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 the Student Handbook, which notes that corporal punishment is one of the consequences of breaching the school's Honor Code.
        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 seat, while girls receive lashes on the hands with a leather strap.

  • Seymour Community Christian School
    In grades 1-6, for a fifth offense, "The child will be spanked". In grades 7-12, "All paddling will be done with the approval of the administrator and a staff member will be present".
        See also the Application form, which makes clear that there is no possibility of parental opt-out from CP.


  • These Tennessee private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

    F.C. Boyd Christian School, McMinnville
    Christian Academy of the Cumberlands, Crossville
    Crossville Christian School New!
    Goodpasture Christian School, Madison, Tennessee
    Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy, Whites Creek
    Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
    Rossville Christian Academy
    Tipton Christian Academy, Covington New!
    West End Academy, Knoxville


    TENNESSEE: public schools


  • Benton County Schools, Camden
    This is the form that teachers must fill out each time CP is used. The student must be asked "Is there any reason you cannot be paddled? Have you been paddled today by someone else?". There is a maximum of three swats.

  • Bradley County Schools See page 13 of the Ocoee slide show for parents of students moving up from North Lee Elementary to Ocoee Middle School. If a student is referred to the office, the parent may choose "2 swats of corporal punishment administered under parent's supervision". Upon a second referral, all consequences are doubled.
        Walker Valley High merely states that paddling with parental consent is one of the discipline options available.

  • Cumberland County Schools (covers Crab Orchard, Crossville, Pleasant Hill, Rockwood)
    In 2012 this school district switched from an opt-in to an opt-out system for CP. It is now the responsibility of parents wishing no paddling to submit a CP exclusion form to the principal within two weeks of enrollment. See this July 2012 news item (with video clip) and these school board minutes (page 4).

  • Decatur County Schools In this district, any teacher may use corporal punishment, but it must be witnessed by the principal. It must be "in proportion to the gravity of the offense, the apparent motive and disposition of the offender, and the influence of the offender's example and conduct on others".
        The Riverside High handbook (grades 9 through 12) states that CP is "used by the school on a regular basis", a welcome change from the "last resort" rhetoric that some schools rather unconvincingly employ. Paddling "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 29, but in that case the alternative will be "in-school suspension, alternative school placement, or out of school expulsion". Such students are asked to "remind the principal that they are on the list not to receive corporal punishment".
        Handbooks for the middle and elementary schools do not appear to be available.

  • Fayetteville City Schools This school board's Policy Manual states that CP is a disciplinary option for misbehaviors at levels I, II and III, but not at level IV (the most serious). It does not have to be administered by the principal, but he or she must approve the instrument used. I 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 existed at that time in the Intermediate School principal's office.

  • Franklin County School District, Winchester (New URL) updated Corporal punishment here may be used for misbehaviors at levels I, II and III, but not level IV (the most serious). It may be administered by any teacher, preferably "in the office area". Parental consent must be on file. Parents are invited to witness the spanking. In 2015 this district changed from an opt-out to an opt-in system.
        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) (New URL) updated This policy states that CP may be used for lesser offenses (levels I, II and III) but not the most serious ones (level IV). This separate page (New URL) 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) (New URL) Corporal punishment should be used only when less stringent measures have failed. Parental objections to CP are honored.

  • Hamilton County Schools (covers Apison, Birchwood, Chattanooga, Harrison, Hixson, Lookout Mountain, Ooltewah, Sale Creek, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy)
    CP is for use only after several other methods have been tried. Parents may request a written explanation after the fact, but there is no mention of their being able to object in advance.
        See also this April 2008 news item (with video clip) about a paddling at Richard Hardy Elementary School in Chattanooga, and this Oct 2013 news item describing the method used for paddling at Orchard Knob Middle School.

  • Hardeman County Schools, Bolivar At Bolivar Middle, parents wanting exemption from CP must say so by the end of the first week of school. "If the infraction is such that corporal punishment is viewed as necessary, the student will be given other options to choose from such as Alternative Educational Setting, assignments or Home Suspensions." However, in the case of a first offense it is only the parent who can so choose.
        Grand Junction Elementary lays down unusually detailed requirements for the modus operandi: "Students will place their hands on a wall, desk, or chair, and bend over slightly." There is a maximum of five licks. Parents may put in a no-paddling request at the beginning of the school year. "This will not be used on an incident-by-incident basis. We either can or cannot spank your child." CP may be a consequence for Level I and Level II offenses but is not mentioned for Level III or Level IV.
        At Middleton Middle and High School, for a first Level 2 offense, the student is offered a choice between corporal punishment and ISS. For a second such violation there is no ISS option.

  • Haywood County Schools, Brownsville At the High School, CP is one of only three "disciplinary responses for administrators" in the case of Level I and II offenses, the others being Saturday School and ISS. Nothing about parental contact. The Middle School uses identical language.

  • Hickman County Schools (covers Centerville, Lyles)
    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 incur two licks, and 9 demerits three licks. 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. 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) states that "corporal punishment/paddling by principal" is available for misbehaviors at Levels I, II and II, i.e. all except the most serious.

  • Johnson County Schools, Mountain City updated At the High School (grades 9 through 12), paddling is particularly mentioned as a penalty for leaving campus without permission, cutting classes, and horseplay. (The Middle and Elementary schools make no mention of CP.)
        See also this Oct 2013 news item and this Nov 2016 one.

  • Lake County Board of Education The pan-district Board Policy document says that CP may be applied for misbehaviors at levels I, II and II, but not level IV (the most serious).
        However, the High School handbook (grades 9 through 12) mentions paddling only in connection with the least serious offenses, those handled by the classroom teacher rather than by referral to the office. This is the exact opposite of practice at many schools nowadays. "Students refusing corporal punishment will be automatically suspended for up to two days."
        Other schools in the district do not specifically mention CP.

  • Lawrence County Schools (covers Ethridge, Lawrenceburg, Loretto, Summertown) Any teacher may spank. There is a maximum of three strokes with a board-approved paddle. "The student must be offered a viable alternative punishment." There is a same-sex rule. Parents who do not approve of CP must write to the principal. Students who drive to school "may be given corporal punishment" if they "fail to operate their automobiles safely or park improperly".
        There are two other high schools in the district but their handbooks do not mention CP.
        See also this Sep 2016 news report that CP was being reinstated in trade classes at LCHS because of interruptions and discipline problems, but only for boys.

  • Lebanon Special School District
    Here, CP is reserved for "extreme cases". The maximum "number of contacts with the paddle" has been reduced from four to an unusually low two. It must be given with "an appropriate wooden paddle across the buttocks and in no other manner", and is not to be administered in anger. Parents may object in writing. Students may be given a choice between CP and an alternative disciplinary measure.

    Macon County HS

  • Macon County Schools (covers Lafayette, Red Boiling Springs, Westmoreland)

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    Any teacher may use CP. Before the paddle is applied, "the student will be allowed to respond briefly to an arbitrary or contrived application of punishment".
        Paddling had fallen into disuse over many years at Macon County High School (grades 9 through 12), but in August 2015 a CP permission form was distributed to parents (pictured right), suggesting an intention to revive it. The high school's reintroduction of spanking with parental approval has now been confirmed by local sources.

  • Marshall County Schools (covers Chapel Hill, Cornersville, Lewisburg) Any teacher may deliver a paddling.
        At Cornersville, a "set" of tardies is three tardies. For the first set, students receive "3 early morning detentions or 3 corporal punishments". According to local sources this does not mean three paddle swats, it means nine swats spread over three days. The second set of tardies brings four detentions or four "corporal punishments". For the third set (i.e. on the 9th tardy), the penalty is five detentions or, remarkably, five "corporal punishments". CP is also the only stated consequence for a first and second set of eight demerits.
        Forrest Hill is a high school (grades 7-12) where students may be spanked for misbehaviors at Levels I, II and III.

  • McNairy County Schools (covers Adamsville, Bethel Springs, Michie, Ramer, Selmer)
    "All corporal punishment will take place in the principal's office." There is a maximum of three licks on the buttocks with a wooden paddle. "A student may be given a choice between paddling or some other punishment that the teacher or principal deems appropriate."
        Stats: 122 (of 377) boys and 56 (of 374) girls were paddled on at least one occasion during 2011/12 at McNairy Central High School.

  • Putnam County Schools (covers Algood, Baxter, Cookeville, Monterey) Any teacher may apply corporal punishment "in a reasonable manner", the instrument to be used requiring approval by the principal. According to a separate "discipline procedures" document, CP is a suggested response for offenses at levels I, II and III but not level IV (the most serious).
        At Monterey High (grades 9-12), CP may now be administered for a first or subsequent "major violation" (disruption, forgery, fighting, tobacco, etc.). In previous versions, paddling came into play only at the second such offense.
        White Plains Academy (formerly Dry Valley) is a K-12 "sin bin" where "paddling" is one of the possible consequences for failure to obey the strict rules.
        See also this May 2007 news item about a paddling at Algood Elementary School.

  • Rutherford County Board of Education, Murfreesboro
    Principals and Assistant Principals may use CP. There are no details of the modus operandi. Parents must fill in a form every year stating either that they do not give consent for CP, or that they do, in which case they must also say whether or not they want to be contacted beforehand.

  • Scott County Schools (covers Huntsville, Oneida, Robbins, Winfield)
    Corporal punishment may be administered "against any student" for offenses at Levels I, II and III, i.e. everything except the most serious.
        See also this Feb 2015 news item.

  • Sumner County Schools, White House
    CP may be inflicted for misbehaviors at Levels I, II and III, but not Level IV (the most serious).
        At White House High, students may -- with parent's permission -- choose a paddling instead of detention, but only once per semester.
        Stats: See this Oct 2014 news item stating that 135 students received corporal punishment in Sumner County in 2011/12.

  • Tipton County Schools (covers Brighton, Covington, Drummonds, Munford) In the handbook for the district as a whole, corporal punishment features at steps 1 and 2 of the discipline procedure. It is also an option at step 1 of the separate bus discipline ladder. Any teacher may paddle, with a witness.
        In Brighton High's local handbook, CP is mentioned only in connection with tobacco use.
        Stats: Some 1,580 students were paddled in Tipton County in 2004/05, but it is a large district, so that is only about 14% of the student roll.

  • West Carroll Special School District Corporal punishment is available here, mostly as an alternative to detention, for a wide variety of infractions including skipping school, profanity, horseplay, tardy to class, and accumulating five break detentions within 10 days.

  • Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, Jamestown
    At this rural mountain high school, corporal punishment must be administered "in the front office" by the Principal or a teacher, and is one of several disciplinary options for Level I or II offenses (but apparently no longer, as in an earlier version, also for Level III offenses).


  • These Tennessee public schools or school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

    Arlington Community Schools (and see this March 2014 news item)
    Bledsoe County Schools
    Cannon County Schools, Woodbury
    Carroll County Schools, Huntingdon [DOC]
    Carter County Schools, Elizabethton (and see this Nov 2016 news item)
    Elizabethton City Schools (and see this Oct 2013 news item)
    Jackson County Schools, Gainesboro (New URL) updated
    • Stats: No CP was recorded at Jackson County High School during 2011/12. Then the high school introduced paddling. In 2013/14, 48 boys and 5 girls were spanked on one or more occasions.
    Lincoln County Schools
    Loudon County Schools (and see this Dec 2007 news item and video clip)
    Meigs County Schools, Decatur, Tennessee
    Moore County Schools, Lynchburg
    Robertson County Schools, Springfield, Tennessee
    Sevier County Schools
    Unicoi County Schools, Erwin (and see this Nov 2016 news item)
    Union City Schools (New URL)
    Union County Public Schools, Maynardville
    Warren County Schools, McMinnville
    Washington County Schools, Jonesborough (and see this Nov 2016 news item)
    White County Schools, Sparta

  • These Tennessee public schools or districts are also known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or are not on line at all:

    Cheatham County schools -- see this Sep 2016 news item


    TEXAS: private and charter schools

  • Bethany Christian School, Plano
    "Corporal punishment may be beneficial to some students, but will not be used without the parents' permission."

  • Big Spring Classical Academy New!
    CP is "the ultimate in-school consequence" in the "progressive discipline system". However any student displaying defiance or disrespect "will be considered a candidate for corporal punishment without regard to any progressive discipline status".

  • Brentwood Christian School (Elementary), Austin
    Spanking is administered in the principal's office with a witness, but only when parents have agreed to it, and not for students under age five.

  • Calvary Chapel Christian Academy, San Antonio
    "We agree to allow Academy personnel to administer corporal punishment (spanking) to our child when necessary. Parents will be contacted when this occurs."

  • Center Christian Academy, Center
    At this K-12 school there is a maximum of five strokes, to be delivered with "a simple flat paddle".

  • Central Christian Academy, Houston
    At this K through 12th-grade school, "if paddling is agreed upon [...] the child will be paddled on his/her posterior. It will cause pain, but not bodily injury, aside from redness and irritation". Parents must sign that "I have read the above and agree to support the school in its policy of corporal punishment without reservation and personally pledge my support to this scriptural approach to discipline".

  • Christian Life Center Academy, Humble
    Previously here, parents had to sign that they "support the school in its policy of corporal correction without reservation". "Two firm strokes" were administered with a "simple, flat paddle". In this latest version, the parents are called to the school to administer "biblical discipline".

  • East Texas Christian School, Longview
    CP is used at this K-12 school if parental permission is on file. The office attempts to notify the parent so that parents may, if they wish, come to the office to do the paddling themselves. "Otherwise, one to three swats are given by the principal or assistant principal."
        See also this Feb 2007 news item.

  • Faith Christian Academy, Vidor
    No opt-outs here: "Each family will be required to sign the Corporal Correction Form before a student will be accepted for attendance at FCA." "Two or three firm strokes will be administered by the principal with a simple, flat paddle."

  • Family Christian Academy, Houston
    In grades 6 through 12, "If discipline problems persist after classroom discipline and parental discipline have been applied, the student's parents may be asked to administer a paddling to the student in the principal's office".

  • FOCUS Academies (charter school), Dallas
    The school believes that corporal punishment is effective "if used sparingly and appropriately". CP is available for Level II and Level III offenses. A signed parental permission form must be on file. "A FOCUS approved paddle must be used", and there is a maximum of three licks.

  • Gateway Christian School, San Antonio "Students may be paddled for any immoral behavior". "For a third offense of incomplete homework the student will receive either 7 demerits or a paddling." CP is also a consequence for fighting.
        Parents must sign a form to say that they accept the corporal punishment policy "without reservation". Students of sixth grade and above "will be paddled by a staff member of the same sex".

  • Gateway Charter Academy, Dallas
    "Corporal punishment is limited to paddling a student" and is specified only for Group III and IV offenses (the most serious, e.g. defiance, fighting, gambling, tobacco, theft, vandalism and "statements or acts demeaning to a person's race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity").

  • Grayson Christian School, Sherman (New URL)
    Both parents must sign that they support "without reservation" the school's "policy of corporal correction". There is a maximum of five "firm strokes" with a simple flat paddle. Both the administrator and the witness must be of the same sex as the student. This document is for grades 6 through 12, but the one for the elementary grades has identical language.

  • Humble Christian School, Humble
    At this K-12 school, "Students are expected to obey." It "reserves the right to paddle a student when, in the opinion of the Principal, it is necessary. A signed Corporal Correction authorization is a necessary part of the enrollment process. Parents may be given the opportunity to administer the corporal correction themselves". There is a maximum of three swats. Paddling comes after "probation" but before suspension in order of seriousness. It is known anecdotally that high-school students are spanked here for minor dress-code violations and tardies, among other things.

  • Immanuel Lutheran School, Giddings [DOC]
    A third violation incurs corporal punishment (administered by the principal only after parental contact) or one day's suspension. See also the Registration Form, which clarifies that there is a maximum of three swats.

  • ITOP Christian Academy, Fort Worth
    "Disciplinary paddling" is administered by the Headmaster only. It consists of "spanking on the buttocks no more than five times". An unusual provision is that "There must be at least 30 minutes lapse time between the referral and the decision to and administration of disciplinary paddling".

  • Liberty Christian School, Argyle
    Corporal punishment may be used at Upper, Middle and Lower levels, but not in the kindergarten. Upper School students (grades 9 through 12) committing a third through sixth "Level I" offense will receive detention, CP, or a combination of the two. The same applies for a first "Level II" offense. At the Middle School, CP may be "issued" for any "somewhat serious offense". At the Lower School, "it is possible that corporal punishment will be exercised [sic] when other methods of correction have failed".

  • Llano Christian Academy
    At this K-10 school, "a signed Corporal Correction authorization is a necessary part of the enrollment process. Parents may be given the opportunity to administer the corporal correction themselves." There is a maximum of three strokes. The handbook also states, all in bold caps, that "CORPORAL PUNISHMENT MAY BE APPLIED AT ANY LEVEL OF DISCIPLINE".

  • Lubbock Christian School (New URL)
    "7th-12th Grade Disciplinary Procedures", which parents must sign in order for their student to be enrolled, states that various "undesirable behaviors" will result in 1 to 3 days' suspension "and corporal punishment in addition to the suspension". These offenses include fireworks, disrespect and truancy. "Students and parents will not be able to barter for corporal punishment in lieu of suspension."

  • New Hope Christian Academy, Ore City "Paddling" is the only consequence listed at this K-12 school for cheating, lying, filthy language, fighting, disrespect and defiance.
        The "Disciplinary action release" contained in the enrollment pack, where parents must sign that they support the discipline policy without reservation, stipulates a maximum of three firm strokes with a simple flat paddle.

  • New Life Christian Academy Hybrid, San Antonio New!
    "It may become necessary to discipline a student for his misconduct or misbehavior by mildly spanking him." Parents must agree to this by signing a form on enrollment.

  • Nova Academy, Dallas
    At this group of three linked charter schools covering grades K-8, "The CEO, COO, Principal, and designed [sic] Administrator are authorized to paddle". Parents may submit objections in writing: "Failure to send a written note equates to parental consent". A wooden paddle must be used "on the buttocks area only", with a maximum of three swats per day and three swats per offense.

  • Odessa Christian School
    "If corporal punishment is deemed necessary, the person administering it will use a paddle, an instrument accepted as appropriate for child discipline." Parents can elect whether to be notified prior to their student being spanked, but are not given the opportunity to opt out.

  • Plainview Christian Academy, Plainview
    This K-12 school reserves the right to paddle boys and girls. Parents are asked to come to the school to carry it out, or they may delegate this task to administrative staff. "If parents do not want their child spanked at all, three days of detention will be given in lieu of each swat earned." In 5th and 6th grades, "one swat" plus one week of cafeteria duty is the penalty for accumulating one demerit point, and "two swats" for 2 points. At the High School (grades 7 through 12) just 1 demerit point incurs two swats.
        The section on Athletic Policy states that "Any talking back to coaches or arguing may result in extra practice and limited playing time, dismissal from the team, or corporal punishment".

  • Porter Christian Academy
    "Corporal Correction or Suspension is a level 3 form of discipline. Depending on the severity of the student violation, levels 1 and 2 can be skipped and the principal reserves the right to proceed immediately to level 3." Paddling is given by the Principal or Supervisor only. "In this way, parents are assured that sufficient review has been made prior to correction so that consistency is maintained." There is a maximum of three "firm strokes" with "a simple flat paddle". Parents may choose to administer CP themselves, "which is required to be done at Porter Christian Academy within two (2) days of the offense".

  • Rhodes School, The, Houston [DOC]
    At this charter elementary school, only the principal may administer CP. "Swats are administered to a student's buttocks only. At no time will swats be administered to any other area of a student's body." There is a parental opt-in/opt-out form. Parents are notified beforehand. 5% of the students were paddled in 2011/12.

  • Round Rock Christian Academy, Round Rock (New URL)
    At this school for grades K through 12, corporal discipline is never given without parental notification and consent. It is administered for repeated disobedience, "in a way that brings honor to the Lord and guards the dignity of the student". There is a maximum of three swats.

  • San Jacinto Christian Academy, Amarillo
    "Corporal discipline" will be carried out by a parent or by school personnel; the school has full discretion in the matter. Every parent must sign an authorization for the school to spank. In particular, CP is likely to follow three detentions.

  • Shekinah Learning Institute
    This is a group of nine "Radiance Academy" charter schools in different parts of Texas. School staff do not administer CP, but parents are invited to come and do so. There is a maximum of three "strikes".

  • Sunnybrook Christian Academy, San Antonio
    Father and mother must both sign this Statement of Cooperation, including "I give permission and support paddling of my child/ren according to the specified guidelines". Parents have the option to administer the swats themselves, but "if I cannot be reached or fail to respond when notified, I give permission for swats to be given by authorized personnel under administrative supervision".


  • Texas Leadership Charter Academy blue paddle This public charter school has four branches, in Midland, San Angelo, Abilene 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 campuses, students who fail to show up for detention a second time are either paddled or suspended.
        CP is particularly mentioned as a penalty for cell phone use:
    "If, during the school day, a student has a cellular phone on his/her person or if a student's cellular phone is in his/her backpack and emits a vibration or an audible sound, the phone will be confiscated, corporal punishment may be administered, a fine of fifteen dollars ($15.00) will be assessed, and a tally will be issued."
    A similar policy applies to the possession of electronic devices.
        More generally, suspension is described as "an alternative to corporal punishment", not the other way round. 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 the secondary levels, there is now an "eight-step discipline plan" involving after-school detention at steps two and three. The student may choose a paddling instead: "Transportation is no excuse to miss a detention assignment", and "Students may have the option to take corporal punishment or make arrangements for transportation after detention".
        At right is shown the High School paddle at the San Angelo school.
        Stats: During 2011/12, 83 boys and 22 girls were paddled on one or more occasions. Two years later the gender discrepancy had somewhat moderated: in 2013/14, 70 boys and 37 girls received at least one spanking.


  • Town East Christian School, San Antonio
    "Corporal correction" here consists of "a reasonable number of firm swats" with "a simple, flat wooden paddle". If repentance does not ensue, there may be further discipline. Parents are warned that "If you are not in full agreement with this corporal correction policy, you should withdraw immediately!".

  • Trinity Lutheran School, Klein (New URL)
    At this K-8 school, "giving swats with a paddle is the only form of corporal punishment". Parental consent is required. "There will always be two adults present and no other pupils".

  • Waller Christian Academy
    This K-9 school says "WCA practices the use of corporal punishment as a means of behavioral correction." The student must now countersign the written parental consent for CP; this was new in 2016.


  • The following Texas private or charter schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

    Azle Christian School
    Bracken Christian School, Bulverde
    A.W. Brown-Fellowship Leadership Academy, Dallas (charter school) (New URL)
    The Christian School at Castle Hills (formerly Castle Hills First Baptist School), San Antonio (New URL)
    Faith Christian Academy, Palmhurst [DOC]
    Faith West Academy, Katy
    First Baptist School, Brownsville
    Grace Academy, Georgetown
    Grace Christian Academy, Kerrville [DOC]
    Midland Christian School, Midland
    North Texas Collegiate Academy, Denton (charter school)
    River City Believers Academy, Selma (Texas)
    San Angelo Christian Academy (and see this Aug 2010 news item)
    Strickland Christian School, Austin [DOC]

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