CALIFORNIA: private schools
- Berean Bible Baptist Academy, Chula Vista
Here, "An accumulation of demerits can lead to corporal discipline" (no details provided). CP may also be used for a failure to complete assignments where the teacher believes the student has been lazy, but not if the teacher believes he or she has done his or her best.
See also the student handbook acknowledgement form, which the student as well as the parent must sign, agreeing, in the event of breaking the rules, to "accept the discipline outlined with a good Christian attitude".
- Bethel Christian Academy, El Sobrante
Parents must sign a consent form upon enrollment agreeing to the use of CP if required. A student receives a conduct slip after two instances of disobedience in a day, and is "sent to the office for swats" after three such instances in a day, or upon receiving three conduct slips within one grading period. In addition, swats are automatic for such transgressions as cheating, lying, fighting and blatant disrespect. The punishment consists of "three swats with a paddle on the bottom", administered by the principal for boys and "one of the lady staff members" for girls. The conduct slip is taken home for the parent to sign. The main punishment for students in grades 7 through 12 is detention, but the rules explicitly state that they may be spanked if their disobedience persists.
- Covenant Christian Academy, Westminster New!
"No more than three swats shall be administered on the buttocks area only, with a hand or ping-pong paddle."
- Stockdale Christian Schools, Bakersfield
Here, "Corporal punishment (swats)" is one of the alternatives that all staff members must consider
when applying the discipline policy. CP is mentioned in particular at the third and fourth referral for a Level A offense (disruption, gum chewing, loitering) and at the second and third referral for a Level B offense (cell phones, cutting class, disobedience, fighting, profanity).
COLORADO: private schools
- Colorado West Christian School, Montrose [DOC] (New URL)
Under "Biblical Chastisement", this document says "If it is necessary for an administrator to give a spanking it is to be done only with the appropriate paddle and to the buttocks area". Female students are to be spanked by "an adult female appointed by the School Board". A parent is to be present, unless parental permission is given in writing for the punishment to be carried out in their absence. There is a maximum of 3 swats (page 24). On page 23 the document notes that "corporal punishment has been a common practice in American schools" for 300 years.
COLORADO: public schools
- Meeker School District No Re-1
Corporal punishment "may be administered to any students", especially for open defiance to authority or "conduct seriously degrading to other students". CP shall not be delivered until enough time has elapsed to consider all the factors involved, "except when immediate punishment is necessary to maintain control of the situation". There should be a staff witness, "except in emergency situations".
See also this separate page, which puts "swats (corporal punishment)" in first place in a list of consequences for unacceptable behavior such as fighting or wearing a hat.
CONNECTICUT: private schools
Berean Christian Academy, Milford
Here, if other forms of correction fail to work, "the student will receive swats with a paddle". It is preferred that the parent comes to the school to administer these but, if that is not possible, the school staff will do it. "Teachers shall be instructed in the use of the paddle to produce an effective sting without injury." There is a maximum of three swats. Only female staff may paddle girls.
In a hilarious example of the "make it up as you go along, and hope nobody bothers to check" brand of scholarship, the document solemnly tells us that the word paddling comes "from the Greek word paideia, which implies to nurture from a strike or sting". Actually it comes from the English word paddle, a description of a piece of wood of a certain shape, which originally had (and, in most uses of the term, still has) nothing at all to do with punishment, but comes (according to Webster) from Middle English padell, a spade-shaped tool for cleaning a plow!
FLORIDA: private or charter schools
- Alpha Learning Academy, Orlando
This elementary school tells parents that "If the principal deems it necessary to utilize this form of behavior modification [CP], the administration acknowledges your signature on the student pledge of cooperation as your consent".
- Christian Heritage Academy, Jacksonville [DOC]
For a fourth serious offense, parents are given the option to administer either one or two swats "outside of the classroom" with a wooden paddle. This is a change from previous versions, which said that the student "will be" paddled. However, parents are still required to give their authority to the school for the use of corporal punishment if necessary.
- Mount Bethel Christian Academy, Fort Lauderdale
This school "reserves the right to corporally discipline/spank students for rebellion involving major offenses or continued minor offenses". Only the Administrator may administer CP. Parents are notified after the event.
- Northside Christian Academy, Starke (New URL)
This K-12 school "believes that corporal punishment is an effective means of disciplining a child". The parents may witness the ceremony, which is performed by the principal. "A female staff will be present when a female student is paddled." There is a maximum of 3 swats.
- Old Plank Christian Academy, Jacksonville
Here (see p.12) parents may ask that swats be given in lieu of demerits, in the case of homework not done by students in 9th and 10th grades.
This is the High School handbook. The Elementary handbook makes no mention of CP.
See also this Nov 2013 news item, in which the school's "designated discipliner" explains how the paddlings are done. There had been five students spanked from August to November.
- Piney Grove Boys Academy, Lauderdale Lakes
This K-8 Baptist school "reserves the right to corporally discipline/spank students for rebellion involving major offenses or continued minor offenses". Only the Administrator may spank. Parents are contacted only after the event, but must have signed permission previously.
- Shining Star Academy of the Arts, Lake City
At this K-8 charter school, the student must sign a "Student contract", included here in the enrollment package, to say that he/she agrees to "Accept discipline including corporal punishment if I display inappropriate behavior".
- Victory Christian Academy, Sneads
Demerits are earned for disturbances and broken rules. Seven or more demerits may result in corporal correction, involving a maximum of three strokes with "a simple, flat paddle". The administrator (who may be parent/guardian or staff) and the witness must both be of the same sex as the student. Parents must sign a "Corporal Correction Release" form upon enrollment. "We believe that certain offenses are best corrected through the use of corporal discipline."
- West Florida Baptist Academy, Milton
At this grades 1 through 12 school, "The Administration believes in corporal punishment. If at a specific time the administration feels corporal punishment is necessary, parents will be contacted. Parents will then be asked to come in and administer the corporal punishment here at school for their own child with an administrative witness." If parents disagree, they are expected to take the student home and " find and administer an alternative form of punishment".
- Winter Haven Christian School
Paddling is available at the elementary level and in grades 6-8 of secondary, but is not used in grades 9 through 12.
There is a convoluted warning procedure involving a "pre-paddling notice sent home" and a "paddling notice sent home". The punishment consists of three swats, to be administered by the parent in the presence of the Administrator.
- These Florida private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Calvary Christian Academy, Fort Lauderdale New!
North Kissimmee Christian School, Kissimmee New!
FLORIDA: public schools
Baker County School District (covers Glen St Mary, MacClenny)
Available for any offenses. Students who will not submit to corporal punishment may be offered alternative choices such as suspension. Nothing about parental approval.
Stats: See this Apr 2014 report that there were 123 paddlings in Baker County schools in 2011/12.
- Calhoun County School District (covers Altha, Blountstown)
Moderate paddling by a teacher or principal is a possible response to both "less serious" and "more serious" misconduct. There is no mention of parental consent. Bus drivers are not allowed to give physical punishment.
- Citrus County School District (covers Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto)
Students about to be paddled must be given due process. "A student will be given a paddling as soon as possible after it has been determined that this will be the disciplinary intervention." Parents must be informed; if they "do not wish to have their child paddled", they must so stipulate in writing. As to the CP itself there are no details.
- Clay County School District (covers Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Orange Park)
Corporal punishment may be used for Level II offenses (insubordination, gambling, minor vandalism) but not for offenses at Level I (the least serious ones) or Levels III and IV (the most serious). Parents may opt their offspring out of CP in writing.
Stats: See this Apr 2014 report that there were 67 paddlings here in 2011/12. This fell to 34 in 2012/13, according to this Apr 2015 news item.
- Gilchrist County School District (covers Bell, Trenton)
CP is listed here as a possible response to all minor and nearly all major offenses. The current handbook no longer stipulates that a "regulation paddle" is to be used by the principal or designee, or that parental permission must be on file.
Stats: This Apr 2014 report says that there were 72 paddlings here in 2011/12.
- Glades County Schools (covers LaBelle, Moore Haven, Okeechobee)
"Corporal punishment (Paddling)" is an alternative to suspension for repeated "Group I" violations and for first "Group II or III" violations.
- Gulf County Schools (covers Port St Joe, Wewahitchka)
CP may be given for a first or second Level 1 offense (the least serious). It is also indicated for a first or second bus offense, as an alternative to being suspended from the school bus.
- Hamilton County School District (covers Jasper, Jennings, White Springs)
At the elementary level (grades K to 6), corporal punishment is available for a wide range of misbehaviors (dress code, tardy, defiance, computer misuse, misconduct on the bus), but not for the most serious crimes (smoking, assault).
At the County High School, CP is not one of the listed responses to any specific offenses, but "may be substituted for listed consequences upon parent conference and administration approval". There must be an adult witness. A high school student may not be spanked on more than three occasions per school year. "Three licks per day may be administered for one day of any other punishment."
- Hardee County Schools (covers Bowling Green, Wauchula, Zolfo Springs)
"Paddling shall be administered posteriorly." Parents who object must say so in writing annually. CP is mentioned for a wide range of specific offenses in grades K-5 only. This might mean that secondary students are not spanked, but the document does not spell that out.
- Hendry County Schools (covers Clewiston, LaBelle)
Click on "Code of Student Conduct". Corporal punishment is seen as an alternative to suspension, specified for various relatively serious offenses.
- Highlands County Schools (covers Avon Park, Lake Placid, Sebring)
"Paddling shall be administered on the posterior of the student and shall not exceed five (5) swats." Also, oddly, "Students may not participate in or attend any school-sponsored activity the day they receive corporal punishment." CP is referred to 44 times in the Code of Conduct, covering a wide range of offenses at both elementary and secondary levels.
The Sebring High handbook makes clear (p.16) that students may choose to be spanked in lieu of in-school suspension. It also mentions that parents may come to the school to paddle their son or daughter in the presence of a school board employee.
- Holmes District Schools (covers Bonifay, Graceville, Ponce de Leon) (New URL)
This school district "has no rule against reasonable and proper paddling of students for disciplinary reasons". It must be administered by the principal or designee. The Code of Conduct says there is a maximum of three strokes for any given infraction, but this March 2011 news item (with video clip) quotes the Superintendent as saying that the maximum is two licks.
See also this March 2012 news item, according to which at Holmes County High School the paddle is made in the school woodshop and measures 16 in. long, 5 in. wide and half an inch thick; there are quotes from a senior student who has been paddled "plenty of times".
Stats: This Apr 2015 news item reveals that 9.2 per cent of the student population were spanked in the latest year.
- Levy County School Board (covers Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Williston, Yankeetown)
CP here consists of a maximum of three licks with a paddle. No student is to have more than one paddling session per day.
See also this March 2012 news item about a paddling at Joyce Bullock Elementary School that was contrary to the parent's wishes. And see this Apr 2015 news item.
- Madison County Schools (covers Lee, Greenville, Madison)
CP is applicable up to and including grade 12. The student shall be advised why he/she is being paddled and be provided the "opportunity to present his/her side of the story". Parents are provided with a written explanation on request. The document no longer stipulates a maximum number of swats in grades 6 and upwards. CP is mentioned in particular for a second offense of using a cell phone during school, not having a hall pass, or gambling; a first, second or third offense of disorderly conduct or profanity; and a first offense of bullying, disrupting assembly, insubordination or school bus violation. These guidelines are for grades 6 to 8; a slightly different range of offenses is set out in grades 1 to 5, with a maximum of three swats per paddling. The latest version of the Code of Conduct stipulates that "the punishment shall be administered to the posterior, making every effort to avoid striking the body above or below the buttocks", and provides for parents to either opt in or opt out.
- Nassau County Public Schools (covers Bryceville, Callahan, Fernandina Beach, Hilliard, Yulee)
Unusual due process here: students in presenting their side of the story before being paddled "must have the opportunity to present witnesses to the incident". Students known to be under treatment for an emotional disability may not be given CP.
CP may be administered for Class II (first or subsequent times) or Class III violations, but not Class I (the least serious). Parents may request exemption in writing.
Stats: See this Nov 2013 news item, according to which there were a mere 18 spankings in this district in the latest year.
- St Johns County School District (covers Fruit Cove, Hastings, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St Augustine)
Written parental objections to corporal punishment will be respected. In that event an alternative punishment will be used, "such as out-of-school suspension". When female middle- or high-school students are paddled, it should be carried out by a female staff member.
- Union County School District
The pan-district policy document defines corporal punishment as "spanking a student after attaining [sic] approval from their parent or guardian". There is a maximum of three swats, which must be applied "only on the posterior part of the body". An unusual stipulation is that "under no circumstances shall the administrator's hand be used as the means of administering corporal punishment".
At Union County High, CP may be administered only by the principal or his designee. The student shall be asked whether there are any reasons why CP should not be administered. For use of cell phones and electronic devices, the punishment for a second violation is two days' ISS, or one day of ISS plus 3 swats.
Stats: See this Apr 2014 news item, stating that there were 114 paddlings in this district in 2011/12, and this Apr 2015 report that the figure increased to 138 in 2012/13 and that in most cases students were paddled at their own request instead of suspension.
- Wakulla County Schools (covers Crawfordville, St Marks, Sopchoppy) (New URL)
See section 5.301. School principals may give approval to any teacher to use corporal punishment, for disciplinary reasons but never for lack of work or unsuccessful work, and never in anger. It must be administered to the student's buttocks.
See also this March 2009 news item.
- Washington County Schools (covers Chipley, Vernon)
CP is defined as "strokes applied as a penalty for acts of misconduct administered by the principal or designee upon the student's buttocks with a paddle". There is a maximum of five strokes per incident. It is not to be given to students under medical treatment. Parents may request exemption.
See also this Nov 2013 news item and this Nov 2014 one (with video clip).
- These Florida public school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Columbia County Schools, Lake City (elementary level only)
Franklin County Schools (covers Apalachicola, Eastpoint) (New URL)
Dixie District Schools (covers Cross City, Old Town)
Jackson County Schools (covers Cottondale, Golson, Graceville, Grand Ridge, Malone, Marianna, Sneads)
Lafayette District Schools, Mayo New!
Liberty County Schools, Bristol
Suwannee County Schools, Live Oak (New URL)
GEORGIA: private schools
- Appling Christian Academy, Bazley
Principal and teachers may paddle, but it should not be the first line of punishment for minor offenses. Written parental permission must be given.
- Canaanland Christian School, Chatsworth (covers Whitfield, Murray, Gordon County)
This K-12 school provides "Automatic corporal punishment" for a variety of offenses from "pushing and shoving" to five demerits in one day or two detentions in a week. A paddling is also administered for a third "Scoring violation".
- Grace Christian Academy, Covington New!
Paddling is to be administered in the presence of the parent, who must have signed a statement that they agree with the CP policy. If the parent fails to cooperate, the student may be expelled.
- Grace Christian School, Columbus (New URL)
In a change from the previous version, it is now the parent or guardian who must come to the school to "administer swats with a wooden paddle".
- Heirway Christian Academy, Douglasville
"I invest authority in the school to discipline my child as needed. I understand that this includes paddling when necessary [...] Parents will not be notified prior to paddling. A note will be sent home the day of the paddling to parents."
- Holy Ground Baptist Academy, Roopville
At this K-12 school, paddling may be given for, among other things, accruing 25 demerits in one semester. The student is punished again, with escalating severity, at each further 25 demerits. If a parent objects, or the student refuses to accept CP, they will be asked to withdraw from the school.
- Lighthouse Christian Academy, Columbus New!
"Corporal punishment is a part of the disciplinary process at LCA", but staff will not administer it: parents must come to the school to do so within one hour of being asked, with a staff member as witness.
- Pinewood Christian Academy, Belleville New!
Corporal punishment may be applied for all and any offenses, in all grades (K through 12). It is specifically mentioned as a consequence for a 5th through 9th tardy.
- Southland Academy, Americus (New URL)
No concessions to sexual equality here: girls may be administered CP in grades pre-K through 5, but boys and young men are spanked right up to and including grade 12 (the maximum age for enrollment is 19). An earlier requirement that female students may be paddled only by female staff has now been deleted. The Headmaster or his Assistant will be present at all paddlings. In some circumstances CP may even be a first resort. A previous version of this document stated that parents could file a notice refusing consent, but that has gone and clearly does not now apply.
- Terrell Academy, Dawson
"There is always a choice on corporal punishment", says this K-12 Christian school -- but only for boys: "NO female student will receive corporal punishment". There is a maximum of three strokes per offense, to be administered with a paddle by the Headmaster, the Dean of Students, or the Athletic Director. Parents must have given permission. For a first offense of bullying, the prescribed discipline is 3 days' detention, but "Additional punishment for first offense is at the discretion of the Headmaster, and may involve corporal punishment". For fighting, "The 1st offense punishment is at the discretion of the Headmaster and may be changed to corporal punishment".
- Vidalia Heritage Academy, Vidalia (New URL)
Spanking may be used for category II offenses, including cheating, disrespect and lying. Parents are informed, and invited to witness the punishment.
- Westwood Schools, Camilla
At the elementary school, parents are notified when there is a paddling, but "teachers cannot be expected to leave their classrooms unattended to call parents/guardians immediately before or after the punishment is administered". Also, somewhat mysteriously, "A pop is not a spanking -- A spanking consists of two or more swats". At the middle- and high-school levels, corporal punishment is "not excluded".
- Windsor Academy, Macon
At the Middle and Upper School here (grades 5 through 12), "Paddling (corporal punishment)", by the Headmaster or other designated school personnel, involves "a maximum of 3 firm strokes". At least one witness will be of the same sex as the student being punished. Parents are contacted by phone beforehand. "Windsor Academy reserves the right to ask for immediate withdrawal of any student with repeated offenses whose parent(s) refuses the school the permission to paddle." Also, "The use of profanity, vulgar or obscene gestures, or inappropriate language will result in corporal punishment and expulsion if repeated".
- These Georgia private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Cornerstone Christian Academy, Royston New!
GEORGIA: public schools
- Appling County Schools, Baxley
This district says "corporal punishment should be infrequently used in our schools".
At the Middle School, CP may be used when "another means of modifying unacceptable behavior has been attempted and failed". There is a curious statement that "any withholding of corporal punishment is done after the parent makes a request", in which case the student will be suspended. Where the parent has made such a request, the student himself is "advised to remind teachers should the need arise if corporal punishment cannot be used".
See also this Nov 2009 news item about a boy paddled at the Middle School and his mother who complained about it.
Stats: There were 349 paddlings in Appling County in 2010/11, most of them at primary/elementary level.
- Atkinson County Schools, Pearson
Corporal punishment here consists of "no more than three licks on the student's buttocks" on any one occasion.
At the Middle School, paddling may be the punishment for forgery, tobacco, leaving school grounds without permission, and disrespect. Parents who "have concerns with" CP must write to the homeroom teacher within the first five days of school. If they cannot be contacted the student may get the spanking anyway, unless the objection is on medical grounds.
Stats: This district administered CP on 173 occasions in 2010/11 (state statistics).
- Baker County K-12 School, Newton
Corporal punishment is used with parental permission. For Class II offenses, there are increasing punishments for successive referrals, consisting of varying lengths of ISS or OSS, plus "two paddlings which may occur anywhere in the sequence of 11 referrals".
Stats: There were 39 paddlings at this school in 2010/11.
- Bleckley County Schools
The principal may administer corporal punishment, in his office, to any "student who selects this type of punishment". There is a maximum of three licks, "always on the buttocks". Students will not be held or restrained while being paddled.
Stats: This is the third highest CP district in Georgia, with 343 paddlings in 2014/15, according to this Apr 2016 news item.
- Camden County Schools (covers Kingsland, St Marys, Woodbine)
In this district, parents not wanting their offspring paddled must fill out a special form on enrollment day and sign it in the school office. In that case, suspension may be used instead.
- Catoosa County Public Schools, Ringgold
Corporal punishment is separately specified here for each of a large number of misbehaviors, ranging all the way from dress code violations to "terroristic threats". CP consists of "paddling administered by the principal or his/her designee", but we are not given any other information apart from standard Georgia generalities.
- Chattooga County Schools, Summerville New!
See p.38 et seq. Only administrators may paddle. Parents are informed afterwards. CP may be given at both elementary and secondary levels for disrupting class, inappropriate behavior, disrespecting teachers, profanity or not following instructions, and at secondary level only for a third or subsequent offence of skipping detention, skipping school, or leaving class or school without permission.
At Leroy Massey, "Paddling up to 3 licks" may be the consequence upon a fourth disciplinary visit to the office.
- Chickamauga City Schools
Here, CP may be applied for "Category II Discipline (Intermediate Offenses)", at the Middle and High School only. It is not mentioned for the Elementary School.
- Clinch County Schools, Homerville
This school for grades 8 through 12 has been described by U.S. News & World Report as "one of America's best High Schools". CP is described as "Physical punishment (paddling) by the principal or his designee" and comes second after detention in a list of disciplinary actions. For a sixth or subsequent tardy to class, "students will be escorted back to the classroom and assigned 1 day ISS or one day OSS to begin the next school day or will receive corporal punishment". There is a special addendum to the dress code: "Students who wear pants that are inappropriately sized to waist will be sent home to change. The student will receive corporal punishment for the offense". More generally, students may be spanked for a second dress code violation, a first offense of sleeping in class or being unprepared for class, or a first public display of affection.
Stats: 62 boys and 29 girls were paddled at this school in 2011/12.
- Coffee County Schools, Douglas: Board Policy
- Coffee County Schools Handbook
An earlier version of the policy here defined CP as "moderate use of physical force with a paddle" which may be applied only to the student's buttocks. This language now seems to have disappeared.
The handbook lists corporal punishment as one of the disciplinary actions that may be imposed for any violation of the code of conduct. A form must be signed by parents if they do not wish their student to be paddled.
Stats: Some 1,080 paddlings took place in this school district in 2004/05, equivalent to about 14% of the student roll.
See also this Oct 2013 news item.
- Decatur County Schools, Bainbridge
CP must be administered by the principal or assistant principal. It must not be excessive or unduly severe. There is a procedure for parental opt-out.
See also, as regards Potter Street Elementary, this Feb 2009 news item.
And see this Aug 2009 news item, which reported that CP was suspended in Feb 2009 and the Board of Education was considering whether to abolish it altogether or restore it.
This March 2011 news item makes clear that paddling did in fact resume.
- Dodge County Schools, Eastman New!
Corporal punishment may be administered only by the principal or his/her designee.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), "Corporal punishment is offered as an option for minor discipline offenses". These include tardies, chewing gum, parking violations, and dress code offenses. CP is defined as "Physical punishment (paddling)".
The Middle School document says "Students who receive an office referral which warrants corporal punishment shall return a consent form with a parent's signature".
The handbook for the elementary schools states that CP is a possible consequence for a third serious offense.
Stats: 73 paddlings were carried out in this district in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news item.
- Dougherty County Schools, Albany
Corporal punishment here involves spanking the student's buttocks in the principal's office -- there is no mention of a paddle or any other instrument. Students may be exempted only by the presentation, on enrollment day, of a doctor's statement that it would be detrimental to the child's mental or emotional stability.
Stats: About 920 students were paddled here in 2004/05.
- Dublin City Schools (New URL)
"Corporal punishment may be deemed necessary by the principal or designee" for Class I violations (the least serious) in grades K through 12. Parents may request exemption in writing, suggesting an alternative punishment, but "when the alternative is determined by the principal to be ineffective, the use of corporal punishment may be reinstated".
CP is especially mentioned as a penalty for a third or fourth tardy per semester at the High School.
Stats: There were 84 paddlings in this district in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news item.
- Early County School System, Blakely
Corporal punishment should be a "last resort" and not excessive. Parental refusal must be submitted annually in writing.
Stats: Early County reported 855 spankings in 2004/05, representing 32% of student enrollment.
- Gordon County Board of Education (covers Calhoun, Fairmount, Plainville, Resaca)
Here the pupil being punished should be asked, in front of the witness, whether he/she has already been paddled that day. The rules do not explicitly state that, if so, the paddling should be canceled or postponed, but that seems to be the implication. Also, teachers must keep records by sex and race of all CP administered.
The Ashworth handbook now requires that parents who want CP to be used must file a notice in writing to that effect. In previous versions it was the other way round.
History: For the reintroduction of paddling as a student's choice option at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, see this 2001 article. However, the school's own current handbook does not mention CP.
- Harris County Schools (covers Cataula, Ellerslie, Fortson, Hamilton)
Parents have 10 days from first enrollment in which to submit a letter requesting that CP not be used.
On this separate page about school bus policy, it is stated that paddling is an alternative to three days' suspension off the bus for a third bus offense.
See also this Aug 2007 news report, in which a district official claims that, in practice, CP would not be used without parental permission.
- Jeff Davis County Schools, Hazlehurst
At the high school, corporal punishment may be used for Level I and Level II offenses. It is not an option for major offenses. Parental requests not to use CP will be honored. At the elementary school, paddling is available for any offense.
- Laurens County School System
At Northwest Laurens Elementary, CP "shall not be administered as a first line of action unless approved by the parent". It is specifically mentioned for offenses on the school bus, where on the third, fourth or fifth offenses (but not earlier or subsequent ones) the student may be paddled "at the discretion of the administrator or the parent".
The High School stipulates that corporal punishment (max. 3 licks, always on the buttocks and always in the office) is administered only when chosen by the student. "Students will not be held or restrained while being paddled."
See also this student newspaper article (2010) from West Laurens High, which notes that the assistant principal "spent a lot of time enacting [sic] corporal punishment".
Being paddled does indeed appear to be a popular choice with the older teens: of 1,761 spankings in Laurens County as a whole in 2010/2011, 504 were administered at West Laurens High. The two high schools together (East Laurens and West Laurens) accounted for 657 CP cases during the year, or 37% of the district total, according to Georgia Education Department figures. See also this Feb 2012 news report.
See also this April 2016 news item (with video clip) featuring a Laurens County parent who approves of paddling for her elementary- and high-school offspring.
Stats: There were 358 paddlings at the two Middle Schools in 2010/11. The spankings total for Laurens County as a whole fell to 1,505 in the 2013 school year, according to this Jan 2014 news item.
This Apr 2016 report updates that figure to 1,057 for 2014/15, which it says is the highest in Georgia.
- Monroe County Schools, Forsyth
"Corporal punishment, used correctly, can be an effective method in dealing with discipline." It may be given by a principal or teacher; parents are to be given reasons on request; exemption requires a statement from a doctor.
At Persons High School, CP is a possible consequence for minor (Level One) offenses. At TG Scott Elementary, CP is "an approved consequence for misconduct" and must be administered in the school office area.
Stats: 20 paddlings were delivered by this district's schools in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news report.
- Peach County Schools (covers Byron, Fort Valley) (New URL)
A previous version here required that the instrument used for corporal punishment must not cause physical injury. The current version says that no instrument may be used at all, which must mean that spanking with the hand is the only form of CP now permitted. This is unique in US public schools as far as I am aware. As before, "no part of the body above the waist or below the knees may be struck".
Written parental objections to CP will be honored, as also medical objections from a doctor.
Stats: Peach Schools meted out 67 spankings in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news report.
- Randolph County Schools
The Elementary School and High School handbooks are not currently on line at the latest check. The elementary school had a maximum of three licks, to be delivered by the Administration with parental consent.
At the Middle School, only the Principal or Administrative Assistant may inflict CP, not teachers. Parents who object must file a statement from a doctor on the day of enrollment. Paddling (no number of licks specified), or one day of ISS, is listed as a punishment for being tardy on three occasions in one semester (previously five occasions, so the rules have become stricter).
- Richmond County Schools (covers Augusta, Blythe, Fort Gordon, Hephzibah)
See page 22. This district requires parental permission to be obtained in writing on each separate occasion before a student is paddled, an event described as "rare".
See also this Oct 2006 news item and this Nov 2008 news item.
- Seminole County Schools
Corporal punishment may be administered in grades 6 through 12 for a second or subsequent Class I (minor) offense, and for a first Class I (intermediate) offense. A paddling in the Assistant Principal's office is also specifically mentioned for a fourth tardy to class or to school.
- Thomaston-Upson Board of Education, Thomaston
At all three schools, corporal punishment consists of a maximum of 3 licks. Paddles must be approved by the superintendent. Parents may exempt their students by filling out a form. CP will not be given to students known to be victims of physical abuse.
At the Middle School, CP is indicated for Level B offenses (1 to 3 licks) and Level C offenses (3 licks). It is not mentioned in connection with the least serious or the most serious violations.
The job vacancy notice for the High School (from 2014) stipulated "administer discipline, including corporal punishment" as one of the responsibilities.
- Toombs County Schools, Lyons
CP may be used only by administrators and not by ordinary teachers or even parents. It is no longer specified at pan-district level that the paddle used must be 24 inches long, 5 inches wide, and between ¼in and ½in thick, with a smaller one provided for elementary students, though this language does survive in the latest Middle School handbook.
The High School used to have what it called the "Three-Two Preference", whereby the student could choose between corporal punishment (3 licks) and after-school detention (2 days). In this latest version, detention is no longer generally available as the alternative to CP; instead the penalty in most cases is anything from one to seven days of ISS, depending on the offense, or a paddling -- the latter described, in all the 35 cases where it applies, as "Corporal Punishment (3 Licks)". Overall this means that the alternative to CP is significantly tougher than it was before.
In some cases CP is available where it was not before. For instance, a first tobacco offense used to be 3 days' ISS; now it is either 3 days' ISS or 3 licks.
The student, as well as the parent, must sign the form on page 65 of the high-school handbook, giving or withholding consent for the use of "Corporal Punishment (paddling)" for "minor behavioral infractions".
At the Middle School, paddling may be used for a second offense of classroom disturbances or disrespect for authority, a first or second offense of horseplay, a second offense of public display of affection, and a first offense of disobedience, buying/selling, or vulgarity. Unlike at the High School, it is not clear whether CP is a matter of choice for the student.
Stats: During 2011/12, 97 boys and 29 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions at Toombs County High School.
- Treutlen County Schools, Soperton New!
Corporal punishment may be applied at any level of offense. It is particularly mentioned for a second or third dress code violation instead of after-school detention.
Stats: This district administered 108 paddlings in 2014/15, according to this Apr 2016 news item.
- Walker County Schools (covers Chickamauga, Flintstone, LaFayette, Lookout Mountain, Rock Spring, Rossville)
CP is not to be used where parents have expressly objected to it in writing.
See also this July 2008 news item.
- Wilcox County Schools, Rochelle (New URL)
"The administration ... will be using corporal punishment as an alternative to In-School Suspension ... The administration will decide when and in what cases this form of punishment may be applied."
At the High School and Middle School, paddling "will be administered in lieu of 2 or 3 days of ISS". It always consists of three licks. It is mentioned in particular for a first offense of downloading songs from the school computer network, a second offense of courting, a third offense of sleeping in class, a first or second offense of gambling or skipping class, a first, second or third offense of abusive language, and a seventh or subsequent offense of tardy to school or class. Strangely, it is explicitly stated that CP may not be used for disrespect towards teachers.
Stats: This Apr 2016 news item says Wilcox County is the number two paddling district in Georgia, with 632 spankings in 2014/15, and that the County High School is the top paddling school in the state.
- Worth County Schools, Sylvester
Corporal punishment is a disciplinary consequence in all grades K through 12.
For Worth County High School (grades 9 through 12), the information is much more detailed. Paddlings may be meted out as an alternative to 3 days' ISS for a second offense of computer misuse, cutting class, displays of affection, disobedience, inappropriate demeanor, or body piercing, or for a third tardy to school; and as an alternative to 5 days' ISS, for a second offense of campus/classroom disturbance or leaving campus without permission. It is no longer spelled out in the latest version that, in such cases, each day of ISS is replaced with 3 licks, so that five days' ISS became 3 licks on each of five consecutive days. This may still be the case. Presumably these options are at the choice of the student, but that is not made explicit.
- These Georgia public schools or school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details beyond standard Georgia wording about CP not normally being a first resort:
Carroll County Schools
Dade County Schools, Trenton
- See also this July 2008 news item, in which the board chairman states that CP is not much used in the middle and high schools, but it is used in the elementary schools.
Hall County Schools (in middle and high schools but not elementary schools)
Heard County School System, Franklin [DOC] New!
Jefferson County Schools (covers Louisville, Wadley, Wrens)
- Stats: See this Oct 2006 news item, which reports that there were 212 paddlings in this district in 2005/06, up from 189 the previous year.
Lanier County Schools, Lakeland
Miller County Schools, Colquitt
Polk County Schools, Cedartown
Pulaski County Schools, Hawkinsville New!
Union County Schools, Blairsville
Wayne County Schools, Jesup (New URL)
Wilkinson County Schools, Irwinton New!
- These Georgia public schools or school 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:
Johnson County Schools, Wrightsville -- see this Apr 2016 news item New!
Taylor County Schools, Butler -- see this Apr 2016 news item New!
Telfair County Schools, McRae -- see this Apr 2016 news item New!
Washington County Schools, Sandersville -- see this Apr 2016 news item New!
Wheeler County Schools, Alamo -- see this Apr 2016 news item New!
IDAHO: private schools
- The Ambrose School, Meridian
At this K-12 Christian school near Boise, spanking is administered with the consent of parents. There is a maximum of three swats on the buttocks with a paddle. If the student being disciplined is female, a female adult witness must be present.
- Logos School, Moscow
"As a result of an office visit, the principal will determine the nature of the discipline for the infraction in question. The principal may require restitution, janitorial work, parental attendance during the school day with their child, spanking, or any other measures consistent with biblical guidelines which may be appropriate."
- Table Rock Christian School, Driggs
"Spanking should be administered when it has been determined that there is insufficient effort to self-correct. Spanking should be seen as a positive good for our good children, not retaliation against bad children. [...] Should the school determine that spanking might be indicated, the school will notify the parent(s) and suggest this form of chastisement. When chastisement by spanking is indicated and agreed to by both the school and the parent(s), we request that the parent(s) administer the spanking as soon as possible and preferably at the school." See also page 13 for a long discussion about the Biblical nature of spanking.
IDAHO: public schools
- Castleford School District (New URL)
See page 12. Corporal punishment (no details supplied) "is permissible", with a witness and due process. Parents are notified verbally or in writing.
See also this Sep 2011 news item.
- North Gem School District, Bancroft
CP may be inflicted by the principal or superintendent "in a good faith effort to maintain discipline" when other methods have proven ineffective.
ILLINOIS: private schools
- New Hebron Christian School, Robinson
Regular penalties at this K-8 school include loss of privileges and time-out, but "if after an agreed period the student has not corrected the behavior, corporal punishment may become necessary". This is administered by the principal or assistant principal, and consists of "no more than 3 swats on the buttocks". Punishment is followed by prayer. Parents are sent written notification after the spanking.
INDIANA: private schools
- Harlan Christian School (New URL)
"Spanking is allowed in all grades" at this school for grades 1 through 12. It must be "carried out in the principal's office or place of privacy".
See also the registration form (New URL), where parents must sign that "I/We give permission for my child to be paddled, if necessary".
INDIANA: public schools
- Anderson Community School Corporation (New URL)
Sets out the procedures for CP. The paddle must be made of wood and applied to the buttocks only. Most unusually, the latest version of the handbook stipulates that the paddling shall consist of only one swat. Male staff may paddle female students, but only if a female staff member is the witness, and vice versa. It is no longer provided that students may be exempted only for documented medical reasons. The parent must have filled out a consent form beforehand. No student may be spanked on more than two separate occasions per school year.
- Crothersville Community Schools
The elementary school merely states that CP may be administered. At the high school, it is used if other methods have failed or "when learning must be immediate". Parents are contacted but it is not clear whether this means before or after the punishment is administered. Paddling is specifically mentioned as a consequence for "using the F word" as an alternative to one day in OSS, at the parent's discretion. In other cases it may be substituted for up to 3 days' OSS at the rate of one swat per day's OSS, with a maximum of three swats.
- Franklin County Community School Corporation (covers Brookville, Cedar Grove, Connersville, Laurel)
At the middle schools, parents may not object to their offspring being paddled unless there are documented medical or psychological problems, but they may request a suspension in lieu of CP. The High School handbook does not mention CP.
- Gary Community School Corporation
CP is applied only as a last resort. It is administered "in an objective manner", in such a way that no permanent injury can result, and in the presence of an adult witness.
- Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation, Osgood
The Principal will request parental permission before CP is administered.
- Martinsville School District
CP may be administered for repeated or serious misbehavior. The student will receive a written explanation. Parents wishing exemption must notify the office in writing. Other middle schools in the district have similar language.
- South Spencer School Corporation
Roughly the same wording at both schools. Paddling is not normally used for a first offense. It is no longer spelled out that the student may request CP in lieu of other punishments. Parents may ask that their child not be paddled, or that they be notified beforehand, but such requests must be put in writing.
- South Madison Community Schools, Pendleton
At Pendleton Heights High, CP (no details supplied) "may be used as a last resort". Other schools in the district use the same language.
- These Indiana public school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Attica Consolidated School Corporation (New URL)
City of Hobart School Corporation
Goshen Community Schools
East Washington School Corporation (New URL)
North Spencer County School Corporation
Wes-Del Community Schools, Gaston New!
KANSAS: public schools
- These Kansas public schools or school districts state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Kaw Valley Unified School District (covers Delia, Emmett, St Marys, Rossville)
KENTUCKY: private schools
- Carter Christian Academy, Grayson [DOC] New!
"CCA reserves the right to use corporal discipline with any student." There is a maximum of two swats at any one time, to be delivered in the administrator's office with a wooden paddle. "Swats will not be administered with the hand."
- Community Christian Academy, Independence
"A teacher or administrator may administer spanking." Parents must sign that they support this policy.
In grades K through 6, "Automatic corporal correction" is administered for every 6 tallies clocked up by the student in a one-week period. In grades 7 through 12, when a student accumulates too many demerits, the parent must choose ISS, OSS or CP -- either 1, 2 or 3 swats depending on the number of demerits.
- Cornerstone Christian Academy, Shelbyville
This school "reserves the right to corporally punish any student". The parent may be present. Proverbs 22:15 on "the rod of discipline" is quoted with approval. In grades K through 5, paddling comes in at Step 3 of the Discipline Ladder and consists of one swat at step 3a, two swats at step 3b and three swats at step 3c. Parents may opt out of CP and substitute suspension.
At secondary level (grades 6 through 12), there is a demerit points system. 25 demerit points bring a choice between one day's suspension and (an unspecified amount of) CP.
- Hardin Christian Academy, Radcliff New!
At this K-12 school, "All students, regardless of age, are subject to corporal discipline if warranted". "No student will be admitted to H.C.A. without parental or custodial signature of corporal discipline consent." If a student refuses to accept CP, "the parent will be asked to come to the school to discuss the matter, at which time the child may submit to paddling from school staff or parent". If not, the student is suspended or expelled. Three demerits in one day, or six demerits in one week, "will result in corporal discipline". There is a maximum of three strokes.
- Micah Christian School, Louisville [DOC]
"In situations when Micah deems it necessary, swats will be given". There is no opting-out: parents must sign a "corporal punishment agreement" on registration. "It is not required that a parent be called in order for a child to receive swats, unless it is written on the form."
- Pleasant View Christian School, Bromley
"Corporal correction" is "exercised" here under "Biblical admonition", when a student accumulates 7 demerits and also for various serious offenses. There is a maximum of four strokes.
- Somerset Christian School New!
"If detention is not effective in reforming behavior, suspensions or corporal punishment may result." CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for profane/indecent language or writing, and for fireworks/knives/weapons.
- These Kentucky private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Kentucky Christian Academy, Campbellsville
Rose Hill Christian School, Ashland New!
KENTUCKY: public schools
- Adair County Schools [DOC]
CP consists of striking the student's buttocks with a paddle. Parents shall be notified after the event, but there seems to be no mention of securing their consent beforehand. However, a student shall be excused from CP upon the written request of the parents. Typical rules about privacy and witnesses.
- Bath County School District
Here, the paddle may not exceed 30 inches long, 5 inches wide and half an inch thick. It must be made of wood, without holes or sharp edges. Parental permission must have been given. It is used in particular for repeat offenders. Only the principal or assistant principal may administer it, with a maximum of three swats for a first offense and five swats for all subsequent offenses. Each student may be paddled on only one occasion per grading quarter, and must already have served break detentions and at least one day of Alternative Classroom Placement (ACP) in that quarter in order to be eligible for CP. The student may request a 3-swat paddling in lieu of one day in ACP.
The Corporal Punishment Consent Form clarifies that "students are never forced to take corporal punishment" and that no student should be paddled more than four times in a school year. The student as well as the parent must sign the form, apparently ahead of each separate paddling. Unusually, parents are urged NOT to sign the form if the student is known to bruise easily, has been physically abused in childhood, or suffers extreme depression.
As of this writing, the new electronic version of the CP consent form has been filled out 1,780 times.
- Fairview Independent Schools, Ashland [DOC]
For the pan-district board policy, look for policy 09.433. "Corporal punishment shall be administered by striking the student's buttocks with a paddle." There is a maximum of five licks per offense. Parents desiring a different method of discipline must sign a form to that effect. Parents are notified if their son/daughter is to be paddled.
At the Elementary School, the provisions are unusual: "Corporal punishment may be administered by the teacher or principal with two witnesses. One witness for the teacher must be the principal. The principal must also have two witnesses. The principal will not administer corporal punishment for the teacher unless: (a) the teacher has agreed to paddling, but the parent does not want that teacher to paddle, or (b) the teacher does not want paddling, but the parent chooses paddling over MAGIC room or Suspension." Parents may be present for the paddling.
At the High School, consequences for various offenses include "Corporal Punishment - We Paddle". CP is particularly mentioned for dress code violations, tardiness and tobacco.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Fairview High School during 2000/01 or 2006/07, but in 2011/12, nine young men were paddled on at least one occasion.
See also this May 2011 news item.
- Floyd County School District (includes Allen, Betsy Layne, Bevinsville, Eastern, Grethel, Hi Hat, Martin, McDowell, Prestonburg)
Corporal punishment consists of "striking a student on the buttocks with a paddle". Written parental permission is required. A current list must be maintained of students who have received a paddling twice or more, with a view to developing a behavior improvement plan for each such student.
Stats: This Sep 2011 news item says there were 337 paddlings in Floyd County from 2007 to 2010 inclusive.
- Graves County Schools, Mayfield
Choose "Chapter 09 - Students" and then policy 09.433. Corporal punishment consists of "striking the student's buttocks with a paddle" and must be administered by a principal, who shall be of the same sex as the student if available. Parents are notified after the event. Parents may request in writing that their student be excused CP but are warned that suspension may be the alternative.
See also the "Corporal Punishment Report Form" by selecting "09.433 AP.2" in the Procedure box. This includes "Number of licks administered" and whether or not the paddling was administered in the principal's office.
- Harlan County Schools (includes Baxter, Bledsoe, Brownsville, Cawood, Cumberland, Evarts, Grays Knob, Kenvir, Wallins) (New URL)
"Corporal punishment shall be administered by striking the student's buttocks with a paddle." The person delivering the paddling shall be of the same sex as the student, "except when a staff member of the appropriate gender is not assigned to the school". Parents may opt out of CP in writing.
Stats: This Sep 2011 news item says there were 338 paddlings in Harlan County from 2007 to 2010 inclusive.
- Hart County Schools
Identical rules to Adair County Schools, above. Also on line is the Corporal Punishment Report Form [DOC].
- Johnson County Schools [DOC] (New URL)
Put "corporal" in the search box. CP consists of "striking the student's buttocks with a paddle". There must be two witnesses. A student may be excused paddling upon a written parental request. Also on the site are the Corporal Punishment Report Form and the Disciplinary Referral Forms (to parents) with a tickbox marked "Paddled".
The Athletic Handbook repeats the board policy on CP, making it clear that spankings may be used within sports teams.
See also this Dec 2006 news item about a disputed paddling incident at Central Elementary School.
- Lincoln County Schools
Corporal punishment is a permitted disciplinary technique, with written parental consent.
Fort Logan School (an alternative program, minimum age 16) provides for CP with "a wooden paddle to administer one to three blows to a student's posterior" to be used in the principal's office in a "very discretionary manner" and not in a fit of anger. Parental permission must be on file.
At McGuffey Sixth Grade Center, paddling may be used "when behavior becomes repetitive". If parental consent is not on file, the student may be suspended for 1 to 5 days instead.
For the county generally, see also this Feb 2010 report (with video clip).
- Pike County Schools, Pikeville (New URL)
Written parental permission must be on file before CP ("swatting the buttocks of
the student with a wooden paddle") is used. If parents say no, the student is suspended for one day. There is "a ban on spanking students in front of other students". Unusually, there must be two certified staff witnesses, of the same sex as the student. "For any student spanked a second time", a Behavior Improvement Plan must be developed. There is a maximum of three swats.
Stats: See this May 2011 news item and this May 2011 follow-up, according to which there were 263 paddlings in Pike County in school year 2009/10. This gave a total for 2007-2010 of 1,068, according to this Sep 2011 news item. By 2014/15 the annual figure had fallen to 68.
- Russell County Schools, Jamestown New!
The only form of CP allowed is "striking the student's buttocks with a paddle". Written parental consent must be on file in the office. There is a maximum of three licks per offense, and no student may be given more than two paddlings per school year.
See also this May 2011 news item stating that there were 141 paddlings in the county in the 2009/10 school year.
- These Kentucky public schools or districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Bell County Schools [DOC]
Clinton County Schools, Albany New!
McCreary County Schools
Pulaski County School System (covers Somerset) [DOC]
Warren County Public Schools, Bowling Green
- These Kentucky public schools 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:
Monticello Independent Schools - see this May 2011 news item stating that the district had Kentucky's highest rate of CP per 100 students in the 2009/10 school year.