NEVADA: private schools
Agape Christian School, Fallon
Corporal punishment "consists of paddling a child on his/her buttocks". It is to be administered by the school director.
NEW JERSEY: private schools
Muhammad University of Islam, Newark
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."
NEW MEXICO: private schools
Canon Christian Academy, Belen
CP "may be used to maintain proper discipline" with parental consent. "Only female staff shall administer corporal punishment to female students."
Gateway Christian School, Roswell
• Honor Pledge
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".
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
Victory Christian Academy, East Patchogue
"I do support the school's policy to spank my child unless a letter of objection is forwarded by me to the school."
NORTH CAROLINA: private schools
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
"Parents and students must acknowledge and understand the Director/CEO may deliver corporal punishment if it should become necessary in the Director's opinion. The parent will be notified through electronic means or written note by the end of the day of the incident."
Harvest Time Christian Academy, Wilkesboro
"The parent will be called to the school if at any time the student requires physical discipline from a paddle, and will be expected to perform disciplinary action at that time."
Hilltop Christian School, Fuquay Varina
"If the administration deems that a paddling is required, the parents will be called to administer corporal punishment at school."
Holden Beach Christian Academy, Supply
"The principal administers corporal punishment. Three or more demerits in one day qualify the student for corporal punishment."
Jacksonville Christian Academy (North Carolina)
"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".
Liberty Christian School, Durham
"We believe that corporal punishment is both Biblically mandated and unmistakably effective in training of children". It is to be administered by the parents.
Mt Calvary Christian Academy, Hookerton
"Discipline of students in junior and senior high grades is a joint responsibility of the parents, teachers, administrators, and students. [...] When all other methods of discipline have failed and a student requires a paddling, the parents will be called to come to school and administer the correction. If the parent cannot come, the student will be suspended until the correction can be implemented."
Mount Zion Christian Academy, Durham
Unusually, here there is a minimum of two swats, and no maximum number.
Renaissance Classical Christian Academy, Fayetteville
Spanking is to be administered by the parent.
Tabernacle Christian School, Monroe
Parents must sign that "We grant permission to the school authorities to discipline our child and to allow whatever disciplinary measures are necessary, including corporal punishment".
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.
Victory Christian Center School, Charlotte
Students at this K-12 school "are subject to spanking" for a wide variety of offenses. "High school students will not receive corporal correction unless agreed upon by the parent and/or the student."
These North Carolina private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Alamance Christian School, Graham
Christian Faith Center Academy, Creedmoor
Fellowship Christian Academy, Jacksonville
Greenville Christian Academy (elementary grades only)
New Bern Christian Academy
Southview Christian School, Statesville
Star Christian Academy, Smithfield
Tabernacle Christian School, Hickory
OHIO: private schools
Adams County Christian School, West Union
"Corporal punishment will be administered by spanking the buttocks, no more than three (3) times, of a student with a flat-surface paddle." Parental approval must be on file beforehand. Parents are invited to witness.
Agape Christian Academy, Troy
"On-going problems will result in severe disciplinary action including corporal punishment, detentions, and loss of privileges [...]"
Apostolic Christian Academy, Toledo
"Corporal correction (Spanking) [...] may be an effective tool in the training process of children [...]." "Administrators and teachers will not take it upon themselves to give a spanking to a student without the expressed written consent of the parent."
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 Academy, Columbus
"Any level offense (1, 2, or 3) may result in corporal punishment being administered." Additionally, "More than two (2) detentions assigned within one (1) week will result in corporal 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 to the "gluteus maximus".
Hillsboro Christian Academy
• Enrollment application: page 5 -- Permission to Spank
• Teacher Handbook [DOC]
"All parents must sign a discipline form at the beginning of each school year. Students in grades 9-12 will sign individual contracts. Corporal punishment is still a possibility, but is used only as a last resort and only with the parent's permission."
The Permission to Spank form says "Maintaining good student behavior is absolutely necessary for quality education. [...] Although it happens infrequently, we know that there will be occasions when the proper and necessary form of punishment will need to be a spanking". "The spanking will be administered by the school principal in the presence of a witness or the parent. The school paddle will be used."
The Teacher Handbook says "It is the Administrator's desire that the parent be the primary person to administer corporal punishment, but upon the parent's direction, the administrator will carry out the parent's wishes."
Jefferson County Christian School, Wintersville
Paddling is available in grades K-6 but apparently not in grades 7-12.
Lima Christian Academy
Paddling at this K-12 school is also known as "boarding". Lying, cheating, excessive demerits and direct disobedience bring "automatic boarding". "Students having four or more mistakes on pages marked OK will be paddled and put on probation." Also, "The LCA will administer, at the most, three spankings per semester to a student in grades four through twelve. After this limit has been reached, parents will come to school to spank their children."
These Ohio private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Chapel Hill Christian School, Cuyahoga Falls
Emmanuel Christian Academy, Akron
Shekinah Christian School, Plain City
Wayside Christian School, Bucyrus
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
"Corporal punishment may be a wise and expedient option for addressing continued and willful disobedience. ....if it is agreed that corporal punishment will be administered, it will be administered by the parent. If the parents choose to have the administrator administer the corporal punishment, it will take place with the parent(s) present."
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."
Destiny Christian School, Del City
"When corporal punishment is necessary, it is usually administered by the administrator or his designee and is done in the presence of a witness."
Eagle Point Christian Academy, Sapulpa
Parents have to sign that they permit the school to administer discipline, which "may include corporal punishment".
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
"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. The section on discipline in the elementary grades makes no mention of CP.
OKLAHOMA: public schools
Albion Public Schools New!
Parents may fill out a Corporal Punishment Refusal form if they don't want their student paddled. If such a form is on file, the student "will be sent home for the same number of days as swats to be administered". There is a maximum of two swats per day.
For fighting, all parties involved will be disciplined. "The discipline will be swats; if a student refuses the discipline, they will be suspended from school, one day for each swat."
Alex Public Schools
CP "will not be administered without the knowledge and permission of the parent/guardian".
Stats: At Alex High School (grades 9-12) in 2015/16, 19 of the 65 boys (29%), and 4 of the 40 girls (10%), were officially spanked.
Alva Independent Schools
Corporal punishment, for students whose parents have signed a consent form, consists of swats with "a wooden paddle to administer with reasonable force to the buttocks of students". CP is specifically mentioned as a likely penalty for obscenity and profanity. This is the High School handbook; the elementary and middle schools have identical wording.
"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."
Anadarko Public Schools
• Corporal Punishment Form
"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
• Antlers Elementary School
• Obuch Middle School
• Antlers High School
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.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), corporal punishment is described as an "alternative method of discipline". It is to be administered in the principal's office. CP is mentioned in particular as a possible consequence for tardiness.
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.
Banner Public School, El Reno
This K-8 school "reserves the right to invoke corporal punishment upon a student when it is deemed necessary in order to correct undesirable behavior patterns. Paddling may be used for serious offenses or for repetitious offenses when other methods of control have failed."
Battiest Public School
CP may be applied for a first, second or third Level 1 offense.
Stats: At Battiest High School, four boys received swats during 2013/14. The same number of high-school students were spanked in 2015/16, but that year two of them were girls.
Big Pasture Public Schools, Randlett [DOC]
"On an annual basis, a parent or guardian may sign an agreement for the use of corporal punishment." If no such document is on file when a student gets into trouble, the parent is asked to come to the school to sign one. Failing that, the student is suspended.
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". Five swats is also the maximum per student per day. Parents wishing exemption must file a written request each year.
Boswell Public Schools
• Mrs Eastwood's classroom rules
"Boswell Schools reserve the right to use various types of disciplinary action, including corporal punishment." "Swats" are mentioned in particular as a consequence for a third tardy. CP is to be administered at "a private location outside the classroom". Previous versions said that students could not be exempted from CP, but that language has been removed.
Mrs Eastwood warns her students: "If I catch you cheating on my class work or another teacher's class work in my classroom you will receive a Zero on the assignment, swats, and the possibility of suspension!"
Stats: During 2015/16, 9 boys and 2 girls were spanked at Boswell High School.
Boone-Apache Secondary Schools, Apache
In addition to the staff witness, the parent may choose to witness the spanking.
Broken Bow Public Schools
This handbook requires the student as well as his or her parent to sign under the CP permission options. "I give permission to Broken Bow Public School to administer paddling/swats to my child when appropriate." Then the student is required to personally give the signed form to his or her high school English teacher.
CP is specified as an alternative to detention for a fourth or subsequent tardy in a semester and for a first, second and third Level I offense (the least serious).
Stats: In 2000/01, 120 of the 325 boys (and 10 girls) were officially spanked.
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 declines 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.
Cleora Public School
"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 of the same gender as the student.
Coalgate Public Schools
"Refusal by parent or student to accept corporal punishment as a discipline consequence for the student will mean advancement of the offense to the next level of consequences."
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
• Alexander Elementary School, Commerce
• Commerce High School and Middle School, Commerce
In a change to the rules here, no maximum number of swats is now stipulated (previously 3). "Corporal punishment must be applied to the buttocks only."
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
• Cordell Junior High/ High School
• Cordell Elementary School
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.
There is similar language at the Elementary School, but with unexcused absences specifically mentioned as a reason for paddling.
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
• Athletic Handbook
• Corporal Punishment Consent Form
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".
Crowder Public School New!
At Crowder High School (see pages 16 to 18), the parent "must sign a parental consent form stating their choice of paddling or suspension". There is a maximum of three swats per day. Corporal punishment is specifically mentioned as a penalty for 11 different offenses, including disrespect, fighting, profanity, and skipping class.
Dahlonegah School [DOC]
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.
Duncan Public Schools
CP is "applicable to all students regardless of grade level". There is a maximum of "three swats for any single act of misconduct or per school day", except in "extraordinary circumstances".
Eagletown Public Schools
"Corporal punishment is still used in some offenses." It is particularly mentioned as a penalty for a first cell phone violation.
Earlsboro Public Schools New!
CP may result from various serious or repeated infractions, also from having three detentions. It "will be applied to the buttocks only". There is a maximum of three swats per 24 hours. "Students must be given a choice of alternative punishment (ISI, detention or suspension) before receiving swats."
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 spanked on at least one occasion.
Empire Public Schools, Duncan [DOC]
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.
Fox Public Schools
• Enrollment Packet
"Corporal punishment may be used for serious offenses or for repetitious offenses."
The enrollment packet notes that there is a maximum of three swats per infraction. Parental consent must be on file.
Stats: During 2013/14, two boys and two girls received paddlings at Fox High School. In 2015/16, seven boys were spanked.
Gage Public Schools
Here there is a maximum of three swats on the buttocks with a paddle; parental permission must be on file in the office.
Graham-Dustin Public Schools, Weleetka
"Any student who purposely skips school for any reason will be suspended or corporal punishment will be administered at the discretion of the administration." Paddling is also mentioned in particular as a consequence for fighting. Parent permission is required for CP. "In lieu of corporal punishment a three day or more suspension will be enforced."
Stats: During 2013/14, four boys and four girls were paddled at Graham High School. In 2015/16 the figures were six boys and six girls.
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, or 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).
Hartshorne Public Schools
• High School Enrollment Packet
CP is one of the possible penalties for a wide variety of offenses, from unexcused tardies to smoking.
The High School Enrollment Packet includes at p.3 the bus rules: "Minor infractions may result in corporal punishment or detention as well as suspension from riding the bus."
Stats: During 2013/14, 11 students at Hartshorne High School were paddled on one or more occasions (7 boys, 4 girls). In 2015/16, this increased to 13 boys and 4 girls.
History: See a 1981 news item, "School Beauty Queen is Paddled for Kissing".
Healdton Public Schools
• Enrollment Form
"No more than 3 swats will be given to a student in a school day. The swats will be given with reasonable force by a wooden paddle on the buttocks of the student."
The Enrollment Form invites parents to check yes or no to "My child may be paddled".
Stats: Nine boys were spanked at Healdton High School in 2015/16.
Heavener Public Schools
• Heavener High School
CP is available for all offenses. For major infractions, the first penalty is "two swats or one day ASD". On a subsequent occasion it is "three swats or two days ASD". Paddling is also mentioned for a third tardy per semester.
Stats: During 2015/16, seven boys were given spankings at Heavener High School.
Idabel Public Schools
• Idabel High School [DOC]
• Idabel Middle School
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
At Keota High School, "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 likewise two 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.
Stats: 32 of the 44 boys, and 10 of the 50 girls, were paddled at Keota High School in 2015/16.
Kingfisher School District
• Kingfisher High School
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 delivered 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 from 2016/17 paddling replaced ISS as the standard penalty for tardies at the High School.
Mangum Public Schools
• Mangum High School and Junior High School
• Athletic Policy
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.
Meeker Public Schools
• Meeker High School Policy
• Meeker High School Handbook
• High School Enrollment Form
• Meeker Middle School
The HS policy document says "Corporal punishment is an option to be used in the effective discipline of students at Meeker High School". This is the first sentence in a section titled, in bold and underlined: MEEKER HIGH SCHOOL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.
CP at the High School is for level 2 infractions; at the Middle School it is for a first "major infraction".
The High School Enrollment Form invites parents so say whether they will or will not allow corporal punishment for their student. The student him- or herself must also sign the relevant page.
The Middle School lays down a maximum of two swats "for any given student per occurrence and per day". The High School does not specify a maximum.
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; unusually, they are to 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."
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.
Okemah Public Schools
"Corporal punishment may be considered appropriate for minor offenses." It is also specifically mentioned as a penalty for a first offense of fighting. There is a maximum of three swats.
This is the handbook for the High School. There do not seem to be handbooks for the middle or elementary schools. "Corporal punishment at the high school will not be permitted unless requested by and agreed to by the parent and the student."
A very unusual and somewhat cryptic provision reads: "When girls are considered for corporal punishment, the type of clothing being worn should be considered." Also, "Circumstances may dictate that a waiting period may be necessary before swats are administered". It is not specified what these circumstances might be.
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.
Paoli Public Schools
There is a maximum of three swats. Parental consent is required.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Paoli High School in 2013/14. During 2015/16, four boys and two girls were spanked.
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 unusual -- such offenses are nowadays regarded at most US schools as too serious for a mere paddling.
Preston Public Schools
Parental requests to exempt a student from CP must be submitted in writing annually. The request "will be considered". "Other punitive measures" will be taken instead. Students may be suspended if they refuse to accept a paddling. This is the high-school handbook. The elementary school has a similar provision.
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.
Ryan Public Schools
"If ... you do NOT want your child to receive swats, he/she will automatically be suspended for not less than three (3) days. The student will receive zeros for all subjects during those days -- this will include all major tests."
Stats: During 2015/16 four boys and two girls at Ryan High School received swats. This increased to nine boys and one girl in 2017/18.
Salina Public Schools
"Any student refusing corporal punishment shall be suspended for not less than 3 days." CP is particularly mentioned for a first tobacco offense, for truancy (2 swats at the first offense, 3 swats at the second) and for fighting (2 swats).
Stats: Four boys were spanked at Salina High School in 2015/16.
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.
Shady Point School District
"Swats" may be administered for a fourth offense of "mild behavior", a third or fourth "moderate behavior", and a second, third or fourth "severe behavior".
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
"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 corporal punishment 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.
Spiro Public Schools
"The use of the paddle as a form of discipline" by teachers is approved, provided this is done "in the principal or assistant principal's office with a witness present".
Stats: During 2015/16, seven boys were paddled at Spiro High School.
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
"Corporal punishment 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. There is a maximum of three paddle swats. 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
• Grades 6-12
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.
Strother Public School [DOC]
"The administration of Strother Public School and the Strother Board of Education believe that corporal punishment can be an effective deterrent, in some circumstances, as a consequence for inappropriate behavior." Written parental permission is required.
Stuart Public Schools
Parental permission for CP must be given before a student is paddled. The punishment "shall be applied to the buttocks only".
"Parents may choose to substitute corporal punishment as part of either detention, in-school Attitude Modification Program (AMP), or suspension. Corporal punishment may take the place of the entire length of detention, but only part of In-School AMP (the Zone) and Out of School suspension. Suspensions for over 10 days must be served with no substitute of Corporal Punishment."
Additionally, students in grades 7-12 who commit a first offense of fighting may reduce their out-of-school suspension by two days if they opt for a paddling: "Up to five (5) days of out of school attitude modification, or 3 days of out of school attitude modification and corporal punishment."
Stats: Seven boys took a spanking at Stuart High School in 2015/16.
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
• Tecumseh High School
"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".
Verden Public Schools
There is a maximum of three swats, 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."
History: See this Sep 2007 news item.
Wapanucka Public Schools [DOC]
"Wapanucka Public Schools reserve the right to invoke corporal punishment upon a student when it is deemed appropriate." Also, "Students may receive up to nine (9) days detention during a nine (9) week period. If further discipline is needed during that time period it will be in the form of corporal punishment or suspension".
Waukomis Public Schools [DOC]
There is a maximum of three swats. Parents may opt out in writing. This is the Junior/Senior High School handbook; the elementary handbook mentions CP only briefly.
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.
White Rock Public Schools, McLoud
• Enrollment form [DOC]
There is a maximum of three swats at this K-8 school. The enrollment form invites parents to say whether or not they agree with what it calls "corporal punishment (spanking)". Parents are notified before the spanking is administered.
Wilson Public Schools, Henryetta
• High School Enrollment Form -- Corporal Punishment
Not to be confused with Wilson Public Schools in Wilson, also in Oklahoma (q.v.).
"We strive to educate our children in a safe and positive environment. To afford this type of atmosphere, the Wilson School Board has established a corporal punishment (spanking) policy. The policy states that corporal punishment may be used if necessary."
Wright City Schools
Corporal punishment is available for any type of "unacceptable behavior," including "showing disrespect" and also misbehavior on the school bus.
Stats: During 2011/12, seven boys received swats at Wright City High School. This increased to 22 boys and 5 girls in 2015/16.
These Oklahoma public schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Altus Public Schools
Atoka Public Schools
Beaver Public Schools
Billings Public Schools
Blackwell Public Schools
Bristow Public Schools New!
Carney Public Schools
Cimarron Public Schools
Dover Public Schools [DOC]
Felt Public Schools
Goodwell Public School
Howe Public Schools
• Stats: During 2011/12, 12 boys and 2 girls were paddled at Howe High School. This increased to 23 boys and 6 girls during 2015/16, who received CP on 34 occasions.
Hugo Public Schools
Jay Public Schools
McCurtain Public School
Moffett Public School
Mulhall-Orlando Public Schools
Navajo Public Schools, Altus
New Lima Public Schools
• Stats: During 2013/14, 11 of the 34 boys, and 4 of the 57 girls, received spankings.
Ninnekah Public Schools
• History: See this April 2004 news item.
Oilton High School
Okmulgee Public Schools
Pretty Water Public School, Sapulpa
Rock Creek Public Schools, Bokchito
• Stats: During 2011/12, 11 boys and 2 girls were spanked at Rock Creek High School. For 2013/14 the figures were 11 boys and 4 girls.
Ryal Public School, Henryetta
Stigler Public Schools
• Stats: 38 boys received spankings at Stigler High School in 2011/12.
Valliant Public Schools
Vici Public Schools
Wewoka Public Schools
Wilson Public Schools
(This is the Wilson Public Schools in Wilson, not the Wilson Public Schools in Henryetta.)
• 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.
Yarbrough Public School, Goodwell
OREGON: private schools
Hermiston Christian School
Corporal Correction of up to three "firm strokes" will be given by the parent or a staff member. "Corporal correction is normally administered to third grade and younger students."
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".
Northern Dauphin Christian School, Millersburg
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".
Weavertown Mennonite School, Bird-in-Hand [DOC]
Misbehavior attracting disciplinary consequences at this small K-8 school includes "Forwardness in boy-girl interests", "loitering in lavatories" and persistent tardiness. "Parents may be asked to administer corporal punishment, or give permission to the principal to do so."
These Pennsylvania private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:
Covenant Christian Academy, Harrisburg
Lebanon Christian Academy
New Covenant Academy, Mansfield
Red Lion Christian School
Tidings of Peace Christian School, York City
SOUTH CAROLINA: private schools
Calvary Christian School, Greer
"If behavior continues, parents or authorized persons will be called in to administer corporal punishment or will be asked to take the child home."
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.
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.
History: See this May 2009 article in Newsweek about John C. Calhoun Elementary School, a failing school that 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.
Lancaster County School District 3
The only CP allowed is paddling on the buttocks. It is permitted for grades K through 9, but 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:
Anderson School District One, Williamston
• Powdersville Middle School
• Darlington County School District