NEW JERSEY: private schools
- Muhammad University of Islam, Newark New!
Corporal punishment is a "final option" at this Muslim elementary school. "This punishment will be administered by The MUI Director or Dean and witnessed by another MUI Staff Member."
- Somerset Bible Baptist Christian Academy
"We are very supportive of Biblical corporal punishment ... We are not opposed to a parent who wishes to use corporal punishment on campus, but the school will not participate in corporal punishment."
NEW MEXICO: private schools
- Canon Christian Academy, Belen New!
Corporal Punishment "may be used to maintain proper discipline" with parental consent. "Only female staff shall administer corporal punishment to female students."
- Christian Heritage Academy, Albuquerque
Disobedience, disrespect, fighting and lying are among the offenses for which swats are automatic at this fundamentalist Baptist K-12 school. CP is to be carried out by the parents, at the school, under the supervision of an authorized staff member.
- Gateway Christian School, Roswell
Parents must sign the "Discipline Release" clause in the student application form, giving the principal permission to administer paddling.
In grades 7 through 12, students must sign the honor pledge, in which they acknowledge that failure to adhere to the Code "will result in one or more of the following consequences: correction, rebuke, paddling, detention, suspension and transfer".
- Good News Christian Academy, Dulce
"Corporal punishment will be used only when other avenues have failed to correct the problem. Parents will be called in to administrate [sic] the spanking."
- Junction Christian Academy, Hobbs
CP is given only after consulting the parents at this K-5 school.
- New Life Baptist Academy, Albuquerque
"Spanking a student may become necessary." "The female Principal/Superintendent will spank the female students. The Senior Pastor will spank the male students." Parents may opt to witness it. There is a maximum of two licks, applied to "fleshy, meaty areas (i.e. rear ends)".
NEW YORK: private schools
- Bay Ridge Christian Academy, Brooklyn
"The Teacher and Administration is hereby given full discretion in the discipline of our child/ren. This would include the issuing of demerits, suspension, corporal punishment and expelling from the school program."
NORTH CAROLINA: private schools
- Cary Christian School, Cary
This school believes in the "biblical principle" of "swift and painful punishment". An office visit is automatic for certain offenses such as dishonesty and fighting, and may bring "a spanking" (for boys only). And see the application form, which asks the parents to consent to corporal punishment if the student is male.
- Community Christian Academy, Greenville
"We do reserve the right to use corporal correction (spanking) as a form or discipline when necessary." Parents must give signed consent for this before the student is admitted. Parents are not informed before a spanking is administered.
- Faith Assembly Christian Academy, Raleigh
"Repeated offenses will result in student being held in detention, paddled, suspended, or expelled."
- Flaming Sword Christian Academy, Hope Mills
"Disciplinary Platoon, which is a military-style physical training program, is an option for middle/high school students. Disciplinary Platoon may include corporal punishment by the Director if physical training proves ineffective as a behavior correction method."
- Holden Beach Christian Academy, Supply New!
"The principal administers corporal punishment. Three or more demerits in one day qualify the student for corporal punishment."
- Jacksonville Christian Academy (New URL)
"First time paddling offenses" include cursing, fighting, disrespect, and tantrums. Also, for a third cheating offense, "the penalty will be an automatic 'F'; a parent/teacher meeting with the principal; and a paddling".
- Mount Zion Christian Academy, Durham New!
Unusually, here there is a minimum of two swats, and no maximum number.
- Renaissance Classical Christian Academy, Fayetteville (New URL)
"Bad behavior and a poor attitude are the characteristics that often are best handled through negative reinforcement (e.g., spanking)." This is to be administered by the parent.
- Science, Arts, and Mathematics Academy, Raleigh
"Corrective discipline may necessitate the use of a paddle. [...] Immediate discipline is often necessary to aid in correcting a difficulty." Parents are notified.
- Trimont Christian Academy, Franklin
"Spanking is reserved for willful defiance" at this K-8 school. It is to be administered by the parent, with a maximum of three swats.
- Word of God Christian Academy, Raleigh
Here, in grades K5 through 12, the parents are called to the school to administer any paddling in the privacy of the office. Certain offenses (horseplay, inappropriate language) "will result in paddling for first occurrences".
- These North Carolina private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Fellowship Christian Academy, Jacksonville
Greenville Christian Academy (elementary grades only)
New Bern Christian Academy
New Hope Christian Academy, Wallace
Trinity Christian School, Rutherfordton New!
NORTH CAROLINA: public schools
- Graham County Schools, Robbinsville
At the high school (grades 9 through 12), students may opt to take a spanking in lieu of ISS, but only once a year.
Handbooks for the elementary and middle schools do not seem currently to be on line. Earlier versions said that CP was available, but gave no details.
Stats: See this Feb 2013 news item (with video clip), which reports 43 instances of CP in Graham County Schools in 2010/11, and this March 2016 report, noting that the figure was still about the same (47) in 2014/15 and that Graham County accounted for 32% of all paddlings in North Carolina. But the total fell to 22 in 2015/16, according to this Sep 2016 report.
The same (March 2016) report confirms that it is only at the High School that CP is still used, and that it is always at the student's request "because they don't want to miss class time due to a suspension".
This Feb 2017 illustrated news report says that Robbinsville High is the only high school in North Carolina still using CP, and shows a picture of its principal's paddle.
- Robeson County Public Schools, Lumberton
Corporal punishment here is "a last resort", applied to the buttocks. Students must have been warned that they might be paddled in the event of further misbehavior.
History: See this Oct 2005 news item and follows-up later that same month, and this Feb 2006 follow-up, arising from a paddling at Rowland Middle School to which a parent took objection.
Stats: This April 2007 news item reported 297 spankings in the district in year 2005/06; this May 2011 news item said the numbers had fallen to 166 in 2008/09 but rose again to 296 in 2009/10.
The figure went up again in 2010/2011 school year, to 359, according to this March 2012 news report, but then fell to 267 the following year, according to this Jan 2013 item, and then to only 67 in 2013/14, according to this Jan 2015 report, rising back to 88 in 2014/15, or 60% of all CP in North Carolina, according to this March 2016 update. But this Sep 2016 news item reported that the figure was down to 35 paddlings in 2015/16.
31 students were paddled in 2016 at Prospect Elementary, according to this Feb 2017 report.
OHIO: private schools
- Delaware Christian School, Delaware, Ohio
Go to "Discipline Policies" starting on page 10. Students will be paddled, with parental consent, for persistent offenses.
- Gloria S. Friend Christian School, Columbus (New URL)
There is a long list of offenses for which "corporeal" [sic] punishment may be administered. Additionally, "More than two (2) detentions assigned within one (1) week will result in corporeal punishment". Parents are notified beforehand "if practical". If the parent does not give permission for CP, the student is suspended. There is a maximum of four swats.
- Heartland Christian School, Columbiana (New URL)
This K-12 school reserves the right to use CP if deemed necessary; parents are informed.
- Jefferson County Christian School, Wintersville
Paddling is available in grades K-6 but apparently not in grades 7-12.
- These Ohio private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Pike Christian Academy, Waverly
OKLAHOMA: private and charter schools
- Bethany Christian Academy, Sand Springs
Here, there is a maximum of three strokes with a simple flat paddle.
- Christian Heritage Academy, Del City
Students in grades 6 through 12 must sign a code of conduct every year, including "I will submit myself to those in authority at CHA and/or any rule or regulations that may be adopted or changed from time to time". Parents must sign a form agreeing that the school "shall have sole discretion in the administration of appropriate discipline, including corporal ... We herewith agree to authorize this school to employ such discipline, including spanking as seems wise and expedient".
- Community Christian School, Norman
Various behavior "will not be tolerated" and one of the consequences is "swats administered to the child's bottom", maximum 3 per day. The principal will administer all spankings, unless parents wish to do it themselves, in which case they must come to the school and apply the swats in the principal's presence.
This handbook is for the secondary school; the elementary one has identical wording.
- Cornerstone Baptist Academy, McAlester
"The administration may deem it necessary for the parent to come to the school and administer corporal punishment."
- Deborah Brown Community School, Tulsa
CP shall be administered by the Administration only. It shall consist of not more than two swats. "Students will not receive two (2) spankings in the same day."
- Lakewood Christian School, McAlester
"Corporal punishment by the principal or superintendent", with parental consent, is one of the disciplinary measures here.
- Legacy Christian School, Claremore New!
"Disciplinary measures may include ... and/or referral to the Administrator which could result in corporal punishment."
- Summit Christian Academy, Broken Arrow
In grades 7 through 12, there are three levels of behavioral infractions, all of which may result in corporal punishment. At levels two and three, CP is the first response listed. "Swats" are also available in the elementary grades.
OKLAHOMA: public schools
- Alva Independent Schools
Corporal punishment is given to students whose parents have signed a consent form, and consists of swats with "a wooden paddle to administer with reasonable force to the buttocks of students". Swats are specifically mentioned as a likely penalty for obscenity and profanity. This is the High School handbook; the elementary and middle schools have identical wording.
- Amber-Pocasset Schools (New URL)
"If a request for the nonadministration of corporal punishment has not been signed, the administration shall notify a parent or legal guardian that corporal punishment is being planned."
The enrollment form provides for parents to give "permission to use corporal punishment as necessary"; in the alternative, the student is automatically suspended for 3 days.
- Anadarko Public Schools
"Corporal punishment shall only be administered in the principal's office or another location where some degree of privacy exists."
"Corporal punishment will only be administered as a final effort of corrective action prior to out of school suspension, unless parents/legal guardians request otherwise. Students who do not have a completed corporal punishment form on file, signed by a parent/legal guardian, will be given the option to make contact with his/her parent/legal guardian to request corporal punishment be administered as his/her course of disciplinary action."
- Antlers Public Schools, Antlers
At the Middle School, corporal punishment is particularly mentioned as a penalty for tardiness and fighting. It is to be administered in the principal's office.
The Elementary School handbook goes into less detail, and merely states that CP may be used.
The High School handbook seems not to be available for now.
- Asher Public Schools
"Corporal punishment is defined as applying a reasonable number of licks to the seat of the pants with a paddle." The principal administers it, and parents are notified beforehand. There is a maximum of one paddling per student per day. "The penalty for truancy is corporal punishment or suspension from school." Swats may also be given for failing to attend detention, sexual harassment, alcohol/drugs and tobacco.
- Balko Public School
This K-12 school provides parents with a form on which they must state whether or not they authorize paddling. There is a maximum of 3 swats per infraction, to be carried out in the office and not in the hallways or classrooms.
- Binger-Oney Public School, Binger
This school says that CP "is an important disciplinarian step". In particular, "Students who use tobacco receive two swats or a two-day suspension for a first offense and three swats or a three-day suspension for a second offense". Female students are to be paddled in front of a female witness.
- Bokoshe Public Independent School District
Teachers may administer up to five paddle swats per occasion on "the seat of the pants". It is no longer specified that the implement must be a "finished wooden board not exceeding 26 inches in length, 4 inches in width, and 3/8 of inch in thickness". Five swats is also the maximum per student per day. Parents wishing exemption must file a written request each year.
- Boone-Apache Secondary Schools, Apache
In addition to the staff witness, the parent may choose to witness the spanking.
- Butner Public Schools, Cromwell
Parents who do not want paddling used must agree to come and pick up the student within 30 minutes. "One to three swats will be applied to the buttocks only."
- Caddo Public Schools
"A student whose parents allow the use of corporal punishment may, up to three times per semester, opt to take swats in place of serving one hour of detention." "The first use of corporal punishment will consist of two swats.
Subsequent uses of corporal punishment will consist of three swats." These are to be "applied to the buttocks only".
- Caney Valley Public Schools (covers Ochelata, Oglesby, Ramona, Vera) [DOC]
Paddling is to be applied in the principal's office "on the buttocks region" using a standard paddle. Parental permission is not required, but prior written parental objections are honored.
- Canute Public Schools
See page 53 to 60. There is a maximum of three paddle swats on the buttocks for any one offense. "Failure to take corporal punishment" is grounds for at least three days' suspension. There is a form on which parents may approve or veto CP.
- Cement Public Schools
A fifth tardy will result in one swat or 30-minute cleanup duty; a sixth tardy, two swats or one hour cleanup; a seventh tardy, three swats or 90 minutes cleanup. A similar tariff is in force for students who get a zero on failing to complete an assignment, and for computer vandalism.
- Central High Public Schools, Marlow
Students in grades 3 through 12 may be assigned detention. "Once five (5) days of detention are reached, the student will receive either inschool suspension, corporal punishment, or suspension."
"Corporal Punishment (max. 2 swats)" is the only penalty specified for a fifth trip to the Principal's office. For a sixth trip, it is 3 swats. Any student who refuses to take the paddling for any reason is automatically given short-term suspension.
- Chattanooga Public Schools (Oklahoma)
Not the famous Chattanooga, which is in Tennessee.
The student as well as a parent must sign the form to permit or deny corporal punishment. This form is for secondary students. The equivalent form for the elementary level contains no such provision.
- Chickasha Public Schools
Minutes of the Board meeting of 16 July 2016 at which it was decided unanimously to introduce corporal punishment in this school system. Parents are to be contacted beforehand.
- Cleora Public School New!
"Corporal punishment will only be administered to a student's buttocks with a finished wooden paddle after the student has emptied his/her pockets. No student will receive more than 3 swats per incident, and no more than 3 swats per day." The witness should "if possible" be the same gender as the student.
- Colbert Public Schools
There is a maximum of three swats. Parents are notified after the paddling. "In some situations, depending on the circumstances, a paddling may be the first step taken in correcting a behavior problem."
- Commerce Public Schools
In the case of minor infractions, one warning will be given, and if the misbehaviour continues, "corporal punishment will be used". CP or suspension, without a warning, is the penalty for major infractions, and is specifically mentioned as a consequence for tobacco use. In a change to the rules, no maximum number of swats is now stipulated (previously 3). "Corporal punishment is limited to spanking on the buttocks."
Parents wanting their students exempted from CP must have a written note on file. "Often there are medical or other reasons why a student cannot be paddled. The parent's wishes will be respected." In that event, the offending student must attend alternative education for five days instead. This is set out in both the current school handbooks.
- Cordell Public Schools
The secondary handbook, in addition to stating that CP may be used only with parental consent, explicitly notes that this requirement does not apply to students aged 18 or over, who can consent to be spanked of their own volition. Legally this is what one would expect where the age of majority is 18, but it is rare to see it spelled out. The punishment consists of "swats given with reasonable force by a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student", and there is a rather low maximum of two swats per day per student. CP is mentioned in particular as a penalty for unexcused absences.
There is an Elementary School but no handbook for it is on line.
See also this Sep 2012 news item about a mother filing a police report when her son's bottom was bruised at Cordell Junior High School, even though her husband had given permission for two swats. The police found there was no sign of excessive force, and the District Attorney decided the paddling was entirely within the law.
- Cottonwood Public School, Coalgate
See the "Discipline Authorization" page, where parents must select either "I want X to receive a paddling" or "Three days out of school suspension" as a last resort in the event of misbehavior.
- Crescent Public Schools
Spanking may be provided only after consultation with the administrator and after the parent signs the "Corporal Punishment Consent Form" allowing it. This has to be done on each separate occasion and lists the offense committed and the number of swats it is proposed to deliver.
An athlete who is suspended or in detention cannot play in contests, but "Corporal Punishment may be administered in lieu if both parties are in agreement".
- Dahlonegah School [DOC] New!
For a second cell-phone offense, a student "will receive swats, work, or in-school detention".
- Duke Public Schools
No more than three swats will be given in a school day. "The swats will be given with reasonable force by a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student." Failure to accept the punishment will result in ISS or OSS. CP is particularly mentioned for a first or second offense of cheating/plagiarism, disruptive behavior, obscenity/profanity, public display of affection, and tobacco use.
- Eagletown Public Schools
"Corporal punishment is still used in some offenses." It is particularly mentioned as a penalty for a first cellphone violation.
The student as well as a parent must electronically sign the "Corporal Punishment Contract". Parents and students are advised that failure to authorize a paddling may mean the student is suspended instead.
- Elmore City-Pernell Schools, Elmore City
"Corporal punishment will be limited to paddling on the buttocks." It "may also be offered in lieu of other forms of punishment".
Stats: During 2013/14, at the senior high school (grades 9-12), 31 of the 67 boys, and 5 of the 59 girls, were paddled on at least one occasion.
- Empire Public Schools, Duncan
This district had let corporal punishment fall into disuse for many years, but in 2012 it was decided to reinstate it in response to parental demand -- see this newsletter [DOC].
Only administrators may paddle. Parents may veto CP using a permission form supplied, in which case the student is suspended. "The principal or assistant principal will only use corporal punishment if written permission is on file and verbal agreement has been given by the parent/guardian over the phone or in person prior to the administration of the punishment."
There is a maximum of "3 swats on the buttocks with a paddle", to be delivered in the principal's office, and "the student must be appropriately clothed to receive a paddling". Students who struggle or refuse will not be held down, but are suspended instead. "If a principal/assistant principal is paddling a student of the opposite sex then the witness must be of the same sex as the student."
- Erick Public Schools
CP is provided for a range of offenses, including assault, insubordination, profanity, stealing, skipping class, and misbehavior on the bus. For cellphone violations and tardies, paddling may be deployed as a substitute for ISD "where the principal deems appropriate". This is the High School handbook; there does not seem to be one for the elementary level.
- Fort Cobb-Broxton Public Schools, Fort Cobb
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), corporal punishment is offered in lieu of ISD or out-of-school suspension. Prior parental permission will have been secured. There is a maximum of three licks.
The Middle School On-Line Enrollment Form, noting that corporal punishment "is a very effective form of discipline", invites parents to choose whether or not they give permission for CP. The student him- or herself must also sign the form.
- Gage Public Schools
There is a maximum of three swats on the buttocks with a paddle; parental permission must be on file in the office.
- Grand View Public School, Tahlequah
"An attempt to reach the parent will be made prior to administering a spanking if parents so request." There is a maximum of two swats.
- Hammon Public Schools
CP is one of the "forms of discipline" that "may be used for those students who have chronic tardy problems". It is also mentioned for failing to comply with the In-House Detention rules; for a first offense of assault, harassment, obscenity, skipping class, stealing, vandalism; for a first or subsequent offense of insubordination or lying; a second offense of violating the bus rules; and a second or subsequent offense of disruption or food on campus, among other things.
Parents are informed before the spanking is carried out. There is a maximum of three swats per student per day, to be applied "with reasonable force by a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student".
- Hardesty Public School
"Hardesty School does have the right to use corporal punishment and will do so as long as the law is in effect". There is a table setting out which penalties may be used for which offenses: paddling may be applied for a third violation at level I (e.g. tardies), a second or third violation at level II (tobacco, profanity), and a first or subsequent violation at level III (theft, fighting).
See also the "Corporal Punishment (Swats) Permission Form" for parents to sign, which has a "call me before swats are given" option.
- Hominy Public Schools
"Any violation of the conduct code will result in disciplinary action deemed appropriate, up to and including suspension or expulsion from school and/or corporal punishment." If no parental objection form is on file, "then it is understood that corporal punishment may be administered to the student". The penalty for a seventh Class One offense is "Three Swats". For a second or third Class Two violation, it is three swats or two Saturday detentions. This is the Middle and High School handbook; similar provisions apply at the elementary school.
Stats: 21 boys and 19 girls were officially spanked at the High School in 2011/12.
- Idabel Public Schools
At the High School, "Corporal punishment may be administered by an administrator, or his or her designee, to any student, male or female." Paddling is specified for a first or second Level I violation and for a first offense at Level II, with varying amounts of detention as the alternative.
The Middle School document says that CP is used only at the specific request of the parent.
Stats: Seven boys and seven girls were paddled at Idabel High School on at least one occasion during 2013/14.
- Jennings Public Schools
A signed parental consent form must be on file in the office. There is a maximum of three swats per student per day. "The swats will be given with reasonable force by a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student." CP may be given for tardies or missed detention. "Near the end of the year, if there are not enough days left for a student to complete his/her [detention] obligation, then suspension or swats will replace the detention."
- Keota Public Schools
"Truancy is punished with two (2) swats for each absence." The same consequence applies for tobacco, a second cellphone violation, and for a third Level 1 violation (tardy, dress code, disruption, etc.) The penalty for a fourth such violation, and for a second or third offense at Level 2 (harassment, inappropriate language, skipping detention) is three swats, as also for a first or second Level 3 offense (cheating, defiance, pornography).
"After fifth pink slip for breaking rules, the punishment doubles for every new offense." Students whose parents reject the use of paddling are instead suspended for at least three days.
- Kingfisher School District
Here, corporal punishment is one of the "alternatives" that "are available for those students who find it difficult to conform to school policies". CP is a level 2 and level 3 discipline step. "Parents will be contacted by phone prior to this and/or a signed permission may also be required." Students who choose not to accept a paddling will be suspended for a minimum of two days. "This suspension can be lifted if the student will receive the corporal punishment." The punishment is to be witnessed by the teacher who sent the student to the principal.
- Laverne Public Schools
Corporal punishment is used for Level 2 offenses. There is a maximum of three licks per day. "If the student refuses to take the corporal punishment, he/she will be offered an equivalent punishment and reminded that he/she may call home if he/she so desires. If the parents are not reached, the student will
remain in the principal's office until they are, or until the end of school that day or until he agrees to take the prescribed discipline".
- Leflore Schools [DOC]
Paddling may be applied for excessive tardies. Also, a first offense of classroom disruption incurs "1 swat" (subsequent offenses: 3 swats), while "2 swats" is a penalty for, among other things, a second dress code violation (third or subsequent violations: 3 swats). Three swats may be imposed at the first offense of fighting, harassment, insubordination, lying, profanity or tobacco. "3 swats" is also a consequence for a second bus violation. Written consent for CP is obtained at enrollment.
- Lomega Public Schools
Here the rules lay down a maximum of three swats on any school day; in a previous version, it was "for any one offense". Parental consent must be on file. "The swats will be given with reasonable force with a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student".
- Madill Public Schools
Here there is an unusually low maximum of two swats per day, to be given by an administrator in the office. Parents may request exemption in writing.
Individual offenses for which CP may be used are not listed, but local sources indicate that for 2016/17 paddling has replaced ISS as the standard penalty for tardies at the High School.
- Mangum Public Schools
CP may be provided to students for whom signed parental consent is on file in the principal's office. It is delivered "with reasonable force using a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student", for a maximum of 3 swats per day. Swats may be administered for a first offense of assault, cell phone use, cheating, excessive detentions, insubordination, skipping class or school, and vandalism; and for a second or subsequent offense of cell phone use, disruption, gambling, bullying, and obscenity, among others.
New in 2016, swats are now specifically mentioned as a punishment for student athletes, including for failing to observe the special rules for the team bus.
- Medford Public Schools
CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for a seventh or subsequent tardy in a semester at the High School.
- Middleberg Public School, Blanchard
CP here is specified as a penalty for a second or subsequent offense of cheating/plagiarism, insubordination, lying, failing to turn up for detention, and obscenity/profanity. In respect of the latter, "Any time the F word is used a student's parents will have the choice of ISD or corporal punishment".
Parents may ask to be present at the punishment, but "under no circumstances" shall other students or non-certified personnel do so. Parents however "shall not be allowed to administer swats" on school premises. An interesting provision not seen elsewhere is that "The number of swats must be made known to the student prior to selection when corporal punishment is one of the alternative choices". There is a maximum of three swats; somewhat unusually, they must be administered by the superintendent or his/her designee.
- Minco Public Schools
Here there is a maximum of 3 swats at any one time, to be administered by the building principal only. There should be parental permission either in writing or by telephone beforehand. "The student and/or parent will have the option to choose another form of punishment if desired."
- Moffett Public School New!
This K-8 school's "Classroom Rules and Consequences" provides for a page of writing for a first offense. "If you do not turn it in the first day the number of pages will double. If you do not turn it in the second day you will receive swats."
- Morris Public Schools
CP is to be administered "in the privacy of the principal's office" and consists of "paddling the student on the buttocks region a maximum of three (3) swats per day".
- Mountain View-Gotebo Schools, Mountain View
CP is a level 2 and 3 discipline step. It is described as "a last means of discipline prior to suspension". Signed parental permission is required. This is the Jr/Sr High School handbook; the document for the elementary school makes no mention of CP.
- Oklahoma Union Public School, South Coffeyville [RTF]
"One day of ISS or 2 swats" is the punishment for a first offense of skipping detention, cell phone violation, disrespect, disruption and profanity. This is for the Middle and High School; no handbook for the elementary level was found online.
- Perry Public Schools
Here there is a maximum of three strokes with a paddle on the buttocks for any one offense.
- Pioneer Public School, Chickasha
See page 14 of this poorly produced and non-searchable document. There is a maximum of three swats with a paddle at this K-8 school.
- Pond Creek-Hunter Public Schools
"No student is required to take corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure. The alternative to corporal punishment is three (3) days of unexcused absences which will also entail the taking of all semester tests." There is a maximum of three swats, to be delivered on the buttocks with a paddle by an administrator in the office. CP is particularly mentioned as a penalty for drugs/ tobacco/ alcohol, which is fairly unusual -- these offenses are nowadays regarded at most US schools as too serious for a mere paddling.
- Ringling Public Schools
Parental consent for CP must be on file in the office. There is a maximum of three swats per student per day. "The swats will be given with reasonable force with a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student." This is to be performed by an administrator in the office. CP is particularly mentioned as a penalty for a second offense of disruptive behavior.
- Sasakwa Public Schools
Corporal punishment may be used when a student accumulates seven tardies (presumably per semester). It is also applicable on a second offense against bus discipline, and for violations of the internet policy. There is a maximum of three swats per offense, and five swats per day and per paddling. Parents who do not wish CP to be used must have a written notice to that effect placed on file each year.
- Sharon-Mutual Public Schools, Mutual
There are 12 "offenses for which the maximum penalty will be corporal punishment by the teacher or principal", including tobacco, truancy and "failing to meet the demands of a staff member". Before being spanked, the student is allowed to call home "if he/she so desires, or if he/she refuses to take the corporal punishment". An administrator must be present.
- Soper Public Schools (New URL)
"Corporal punishment (1-3 swats)" is a possible consequence for Level I and Level II violations, including disruption, lying, cheating, failing to attend detention, and inappropriate display of affection. CP is also mentioned for a second school bus offense.
Stats: In 2011/12 at Soper High School (grades 9-12), 12 of the 51 boys, and 6 of the 65 girls, received swats on one or more occasions.
- South Coffeyville Public Schools [DOC]
"Physical discipline is defined as spanking and shall be confined to the use of a paddle applied to the buttocks through a student's regular mode of dress." This unusual wording applies at all three schools.
The elementary school provides for "3 swats or 3 days' suspension" for fighting and for leaving the campus without permission.
At the middle and high schools, for a Level 2 or Level 3 infraction, a student may receive one to three swats, with written permission from a parent.
- Sterling Public Schools
At the Junior High and High schools here, two swats or 1 day of ISS is the penalty for a first offense of profanity, and of leaving campus without permission; a second such offense brings three swats or two days' ISS. Fighting, disrespect and tobacco use all attract a 3-swat paddling on the first occasion.
- Stilwell Public Schools
CP "is viewed as a severe in-school disciplinary procedure". Parents are notified beforehand. It must be administered by the principal or assistant principal in their office. Parents wishing to opt out must supply a notarized written statement to that effect. This is the High School handbook; the Middle School has identical language.
- Stratford Public Schools
This is a form on which parents either agree or do not agree to the use of corporal punishment. "While it is not required of school districts to seek permission from parents prior to the administration of corporal punishment, Stratford Schools have chosen to give parents/guardians the opportunity to choose and record their option." Parents are warned that if they disagree with CP, the student "may be sent home on short-term suspension as the only equitable alternative".
At the Middle and High Schools, paddling may be meted out to students who skip detention.
- Talihina Public Schools
The Disciplinary Guidelines state that "ATD - Alternative Discipline (corporal punishment)" is a penalty for many kinds of offenses, mostly as an alternative to various amounts of detention or suspension. There is a maximum of three swats per day, to be delivered by an administrator. Written approval by a parent is required; it is not clear whether this means in general or for each specific case. Students may receive a paddling in lieu of detention, but "Students repeatedly missing detentions and accepting corporal punishment will no longer have that option. These habitual students will be required to attend Saturday School rather than corporal punishment".
- Tecumseh Public Schools
"Corporal punishment is a policy of Tecumseh Public Schools", but parents may request that it not be administered to their student. Parents are not allowed to administer swats on school premises; only the principal or assistant principal can do it. CP "may be one of the alternative choices given to students". In particular, it may be considered in connection with a second or third offense.
History: See this Aug 2003 news report on the reintroduction of CP by this school district about ten years after it had been abolished.
- Thackerville Public Schools [DOC]
CP "is defined as spanking and will be confined to the use of a paddle applied to the buttocks through a student's regular mode of dress". It is to be administered by the principal in the office. Parents are notified beforehand.
- Tushka Public School
At this K-12 school, CP is to be delivered in the principal's office. The paddling of female students must be witnessed by a female staff member. There is no mention of parental contact.
- Velma-Alma Public Schools
Corporal punishment is available for a wide range of offenses such as assault, disruption and bullying, and also for misbehavior on the bus. The parent must have signed a CP permission form. There is a maximum of 3 swats per student per day, to be "given with reasonable force by a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student".
- Vian Public Schools
Students "may receive corporal punishment as a disciplinary alternative". Does this mean at the choice of the student? It is not clear. "A signed consent form must be filled out by a parent/guardian for this action to occur."
See also this Sep 2007 news item.
- Watonga Public Schools
The Elementary School handbook requires CP to take place in the principal's office. Parents must have given written approval, and are notified before each paddling. CP is mentioned in particular as a response to bullying or harassment.
At the High School, CP requires written or oral (telephone) permission from the parent. There is a maximum of three swats per paddling, to be administered only by the building principal. The student and/or parent may choose a different punishment.
At the High School only, "a student may substitute one (1) swat per demerit." Paddling is mentioned in particular for a first offense of fighting.
- Webbers Falls Public Schools
"Students who refuse to take corporal punishment will be offered an equivalent punishment of alternative school or other off campus settings, and reminded that he/she may call home if he/she desires." ... "If parents are not reached, the student will remain in ISS until the end of the school day or until he/she agrees to take the corporal punishment."
- Wellston Public Schools
There is a maximum of three swats. The person administering them must not be angry or upset. An attempt is made to contact parents beforehand.
- These Oklahoma public schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Altus Public Schools
Atoka Public Schools
Avant Public School
Beaver Public Schools
Cimarron Public Schools
Dover Public Schools [DOC] New!
Goodwell Public School
Guymon Public Schools
Jay Public Schools
Keyes Public Schools
McCurtain Public School
Meeker Public Schools
Mulhall-Orlando Public Schools
Navajo Public Schools, Altus
New Lima Public Schools
Ninnekah Public Schools
Oilton High School
- Stats: During 2013/14, 11 of the 34 boys, and 4 of the 57 girls, received paddlings.
Okmulgee Public Schools
Ryal Public School, Henryetta
Stigler Public Schools
Tyrone Public Schools
- Stats: 38 boys, and no girls, received swats at Stigler High School in 2011/12.
Vici Public Schools
Wewoka Public Schools
Wilson Public Schools
Yarbrough Public School, Goodwell
- Stats: 13 boys and 5 girls were spanked at Wilson High School in 2011/12. This increased to 22 boys and 9 girls in 2013/14.
- These Oklahoma public schools or districts are also known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or are not on line at all:
Peggs Public School -- see this July 2014 news item
PENNSYLVANIA: private schools
- Calvary Chapel Christian School, Russell
"If the student is sent to the principal for repeating the action, the rod of correction will be administered".
- Calvary Christian Academy, Quarryville
Parents of new students must submit a "Corporal Correction Release form".
- Champion Christian School
CP at this K-12 school "is administered after a well identified plan (with corporal punishment being one of the consequences) has been entered into by the parent, teacher, and student".
There are very detailed rules for administering it. "Students will be instructed to remove all items from their pockets. The student will be told to face the wall, place their hands on the wall, and to spread their feet so they are leaning on the wall with their buttocks extended. The faculty member will give one easy and one or two hard cracks with a paddle (no other instrument will be used) directly on the buttocks (not above or below) in a manner which is age-appropriate."
Most unusually, this discipline ceremony is to be performed in "the hallway or other public and yet unobtrusive spot". Parents are given the opportunity to be present.
- Fairview Christian School, Reading
"If your child needs to be paddled, you, as the father, will have the option to come in to the school and administer the discipline [...] We expect you to give a reasonable amount of strokes, not to exceed three. The school also has the right to correct a child by paddling. [...] The principal will carry out corporal correction."
- Northern Dauphin Christian School, Millersburg (New URL)
At this K-12 school, the parent is given the option of carrying out the paddling.
- Penn View Christian Academy, Penns Creek
"We believe the Scriptures teach that corporal correction is an effective way to discipline children and young people." Paddling is reserved for "more serious offenses". The witness, as well as the paddler, must be of the same sex as the student. Parents are notified in advance "if possible".
- These Pennsylvania private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Grace Bible Academy, Bradenville
New Covenant Academy, Mansfield
Punxsutawney Christian School (New URL)
Red Lion Christian School, Red Lion (New URL)
SOUTH CAROLINA: private schools
- Abundant Life Christian School, Greenville
Parents are required to sign this Letter of Agreement consenting to CP. "The punishment will consist of 5-10 licks on the child's buttocks using a wooden paddle."
- Calvary Christian School, Greer (New URL)
"If behavior continues, parents or authorized persons will be called in to administer corporal punishment or will be asked to take the child home."
- Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach
This school now states that, although corporal discipline is "the best method of correction in many situations", staff no longer use it "due to our concern for current societal/governmental pressures". Instead, parents are recommended to carry out the spanking.
- Lakeview Christian School, Pickens
Parents must sign that if their student misbehaves they will either come and pick him/her up or administer a spanking at school.
- North Walterboro Christian Academy, Walterboro New!
"The parent/guardian will be called to the school to administer three (3) licks with a wooden paddle in the presence of two (2) staff members."
- Piedmont Christian Academy
"Parents must sign a Corporal Correction Release."
SOUTH CAROLINA: public schools
- Abbeville County School District
Students here "have a right ... to fair and reasonable physical discipline". Parents submit a form to say whether they wish CP used or not. The paddling must be administered by the principal, assistant principal or designee, who must be of the same sex as the student. CP is particularly mentioned at elementary level for fighting, threats, abusive language.
See also this May 2009 article in Newsweek about John C. Calhoun Elementary School, a failing school which was turned around when a new principal revived the use of spanking.
Stats: See this Sep 2011 news item, according to which 62 students were paddled in this district in 2008/09.
- Anderson School District One, Williamston
At Cedar Grove Elementary, CP "occasionally must be used" but only as a last resort.
Powdersville Elementary and Middle schools merely mention that corporal punishment is a possible result of misbehavior. There are also two high schools, neither of which mentions CP.
Stats: See this Sep 2011 news item, according to which 80 students were paddled in this district in 2009/10.
- Lancaster County School District 3 (New URL)
The only CP allowed is paddling on the buttocks. It is permitted for grades K through 9, curiously excluding grade 9 in 9-12 high schools. The time elapsed between offense and punishment "shall not be so long as to cause undue anxiety in the student".
Stats: See this Sep 2011 news item, according to which only four students were paddled in this district in 2009/10.
- These South Carolina public schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Darlington County School District
- These South Carolina 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:
Clarendon School District 3, Turbeville -- see this Sep 2011 news item
Dillon School District 1, Lake View -- see this Sep 2011 news item
Dillon School District 2, Dillon -- see this Sep 2011 news item