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.
- 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: 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.
- Madison Academy, Madison
At this K-8 Christian school, students in grades 3 through 4 may receive a spanking if sent to the office frequently. For grades 5 through 8, on the second office referral the parents are called in and the student receives a paddling or suspension. All CP is with parental permission, and the handbook includes a form on which parents must say yes or no to spanking.
- 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
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.
- Peniel Baptist Academy, Palatka
In order to "preserve the spiritual atmosphere" at this school, "discipline will be more swiftly and rigorously enforced" than at public or some other private schools. Paddling may be administered in grades K through 12, for any offense, at the discretion of the administration, where parents have given permission. CP or Saturday detention is a minimum response to category IV offenses (profanity, insolence, reckless driving). The same choice is also automatic upon the fourth referral in a school year. Elsewhere, the document describes paddling as "rational physical punishment". Parents sign a "permission to paddle" form on enrollment, on which they may either give permission or withhold it, but also are to be consulted by phone each time before the paddle is used. It must be administered in private, with a witness, as soon as practicable after the offense; girls may be paddled only by a female member of staff.
See also this Sep 2007 news item.
- Piney Grove Boys Academy, Lauderdale Lakes
The photographs on this K-8 Baptist school's website are exclusively of black students. It "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".
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.
See also 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. After CP is administered, parents upon request in writing are given a written explanation. There is no information about the modus operandi.
See this Apr 2014 report that there were 67 paddlings here in 2011/12.
- DeSoto County School District (covers Arcadia, Nocatee)
Here, corporal punishment "remains an option" and consists of a paddling of not more than five swats.
- Franklin County Schools (covers Apalachicola, Eastpoint)
CP is used at elementary level only, for intermediate and serious infractions but not major or minor ones. It "shall be administered to the buttocks".
- 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 administered for offenses at any level of seriousness. Its use must have been approved by the principal, but his approval is not required for each specific instance.
- 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) (New URL)
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)
This school district "has no rule against reasonable and proper paddling of students for disciplinary reasons". The punishment 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, and which features quotes from a senior student who has been paddled "plenty of times".
- 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.
- 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.
See also this Nov 2013 news item, according to which there were a mere 18 spankings in this district in the latest year.
- Osceola County School Board (covers Celebration, Kissimmee, Poinciana, St Cloud)
The paddle here must be "directed only to the buttocks or the back of the thigh", with a maximum of three licks for any one offense. Unusually, a ruler or the principal's open hand may also be used. Parents requesting exemption from corporal punishment must agree to suspension or expulsion. A novel feature is that students shall not receive corporal punishment more than once in a 48-hour period.
Paddling is for repeated offenses at level I, and for first offenses at levels II and III. For repeated level II offenses the consequence is "additional corporal punishment". CP is not listed as one of the options for "Post-secondary"-level students. This is one of the few places where it is spelled out that bus drivers may use physical punishment (but only on the instructions of the parent or principal).
- St Johns County School District (covers Fruit Cove, Hastings, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St Augustine) (New URL)
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.
See also this Apr 2014 news item, stating that there were 114 paddlings in this district in 2011/12.
- Wakulla County Schools (covers Crawfordville, St Marks, Sopchoppy)
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 schools or districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Columbia County Schools, Lake City (elementary level only)
Dixie District Schools (covers Cross City, Old Town)
Jackson County Schools (covers Cottondale, Golson, Graceville, Grand Ridge, Malone, Marianna, Sneads)
Liberty County Schools, Bristol
Suwannee County Schools, Live Oak (and see this Apr 2014 news item, stating that 360 paddlings took place in this district in 2011/12, and this May 2014 report, updating the statistics)
- These Florida public schools or school districts are known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or are not on line at all:
Lafayette County Schools, Mayo -- see this Jan 2015 news item
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 School, Columbus
CP is to be used only after other corrective measures have been tried. It consists of "not more than three firm strokes with a wooden paddle". A witness of the same sex as the student will be present.
- 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.
- Southland Academy, Americus
No concessions to sexual equality here: girls may be paddled in grades pre-K through 5, but boys may be paddled 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. Indeed, the current version makes clear that parents will not necessarily even be informed after the event.
- 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 a first offense of fighting, "The 1st offense punishment is at the discretion of the Headmaster and may be changed to corporal 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".
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.
According to state statistics, 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.
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".
State statistics disclose that 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.
- 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.
At the High School (for grades 9 through 12), the paddling is inflicted not by individual teachers but by an administrator. for relatively less serious ("Plan C") offenses. Parental permission must be obtained beforehand.
- 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.
- 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.
Federal statistics show that 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.
US Dept of Education statistics estimate that 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.
- Dougherty County Schools (covers 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.
About 920 students were paddled here in 2004/05, according to official statistics.
- Early County School System, Blakely
Corporal punishment should be a "last resort" and not excessive. Parental refusal must be submitted annually in writing.
Federal statistics for 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.
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 specifically 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 minor offenses (but not for the first offense) and intermediate offenses (either first or subsequent). 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 CrossRoads Alternative School, where middle-school and high-school dropouts and "chronically disruptive" students are sent, corporal punishment consists of "Paddling (1-4 licks)". It may be applied for a second offense of cursing, a first or second offense of interrupting class, and a first offense of "lack of cooperation" or threats.
At Northwest Laurens Elementary, CP is available on the first and second referral to the office for major offenses, and the second and third referral to the office for minor offenses. 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) is administered only when chosen by the student.
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 seniors: of 1,761 spankings in Laurens County as a whole in 2010/2011, 504 were administered at West Laurens High. The two senior 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.
Official statistics state that there were 358 paddlings at the two Middle Schools in 2010/11.
The spankings total for Laurens County as a whole fell slightly to 1,505 in the 2013 school year, according to this Jan 2014 news item.
- Monroe County Schools, Forsyth
"Corporal punishment, used correctly, can be an effective method in dealing with discipline." Typical Georgia rules: it may be given by a principal or teacher, with a witness; parents to be given reasons on request; exemption requires statement from doctor. Persons High School merely mentions that CP is a possible consequence of misbehavior.
- Peach County Schools (covers Byron, Fort Valley)
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 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.
- Randolph County Schools
The Elementary School has a maximum of three licks, to be delivered by the Administration with parental consent.
At the High 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 5 occasions in one semester.
- Richmond County Schools (covers Augusta, Blythe, Fort Gordon, Hephzibah)
See page 21. 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 (New URL)
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
Identical wording at both schools. Corporal punishment consists of a maximum of 3 licks. All paddles must be approved by the superintendent. Parents may exempt their children by filling out a form. CP will not be given to students known to be victims of physical abuse.
- 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.
For minor offenses, the High School has what it calls the "Three-Two Preference", whereby the student may choose between corporal punishment (3 licks) and after-school detention (2 days). "Three licks" is also an optional punishment for some more serious crimes, such as a first offense of leaving campus without permission, or a second offense of cheating on school work (in each case as an alternative to three days' ISS). For an intermediate range of offenses including public display of affection, laser beams, tardiness and chewing gum, the "Three-Two Preference" applies on the first occasion; for the second offense the penalty is 1 day's ISS or 2 licks, and for the third, 2 days' ISS or 3 licks. Having a cell phone in school brings 1 day's ISS or 2 licks on the first occasion. A paddling may also be chosen as an alternative to 3 days' suspension from the bus, for the first major bus offense only.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
Dade County Schools, Trenton
(and 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)
Dublin City Schools [DOC]
Hall County Schools (in middle and high schools but not elementary schools)
(and see also this Dec 2008 news item)
Jefferson County Schools (covers Louisville, Wadley, Wrens)
(and see also 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
(and see also this Feb 2012 news item)
Union County Schools, Blairsville
Wayne County Schools, Jesup (New URL)
IDAHO: private schools
- 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
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.
ILLINOIS: private schools
Legacy Christian Academy, Caseyville
No reference to either corporal punishment or paddling, but there is "swatting", which is done only by the Principal. "If she is not in the building when a student is sent to her and
the offense warrants a swat, or if a swat form is not signed by parents, the Dean of Students will
contact the child’s parents to have them deal with the student immediately."
- 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
"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, where parents must sign that "I/We give permission for my child to be paddled, if necessary".
INDIANA: public schools
- Anderson Community School Corporation
Sets out the procedures for CP. The paddle must be made of wood and applied to the buttocks only. Male staff may paddle female students, but only if a female staff member is the witness. Students may be exempted only for documented medical reasons. "No other student may refuse to accept corporal punishment."
- 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.
- Mount Vernon Community School Corporation (covers Fortville, Greenfield, McCordsville)
These rules strongly discourage corporal punishment, almost implying that a professional teacher should not need it. However, it is permitted as a last resort.
The individual schools merely say that CP is a possible disciplinary consequence, and give no details.
- 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 schools or districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
City of Hobart School Corporation
Goshen Community Schools (covers Goshen)
North Spencer County School Corporation
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
- 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.
- 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."
- Oneida Baptist Institute, Oneida
This long-established rural mountain high school is different from most. The student body includes a significant contingent from overseas, and do not have to be Christians. In designated areas and with parental permission, they may even smoke.
In this new version of the handbook there is a different description of the paddling policy from before. It still notes that paddling is used for "behavior modification" "when it is felt that it may help the student", but there is no longer a stated maximum of 2 swats per day. There is now a specific policy for being late to class (defined as "not being seated in the classroom when the bell rings"). The fourth and fifth class tardies in a quarter each bring 1 swat. From the sixth tardy onwards it is two swats each time, and (not "or") escalating amounts of detention.
- 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.
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.
- Fairview Independent Schools, Ashland [DOC] New!
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, CP comes at level 3 severity after "classroom discipline handled by teacher" and detention. The handbook 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, "possible resolutions" for various offenses include "Corporal Punishment - We Paddle". CP is particularly mentioned for dress code violations, tardiness and tobacco.
Stats: No students were paddled at Fairview High School during 2000/01 or 2006/07, but in 2011/12, nine boys 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.
- Harlan County Schools (includes Baxter, Bledsoe, Brownsville, Cawood, Cumberland, Evarts, Grays Knob, Kenvir, Wallins) [DOC]
"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
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".
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).
- These Kentucky public schools or districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Bell County Schools [DOC] and see this May 2011 news item stating that there were 100 paddlings in the county in the 2009/10 school year.
McCreary County Schools and see this May 2011 report that there were 187 paddlings in the county in 2009/10.
Pike County Schools, Pikeville [DOC] and 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.
Pulaski County School System (covers Somerset) [DOC] and see this May 2011 report that 89 paddlings were administered here in 2009/10.
- 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:
Clinton County Schools - see this May 2011 news item
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.
Russell County Schools - see this May 2011 news item stating that there were 141 paddlings in the county in the 2009/10 school year.