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TEXAS: public school districts N to Z
(1) "ISD" = Independent School District
(2) This section no longer mentions when handbooks state that parents may opt out of CP, since that is now Texas law for all public schools.
(3) Where paddling statistics are cited, they come from the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights online database, unless otherwise stated.
(4) Texas public CHARTER schools are deemed for CP purposes as private schools and listed on this separate page.
(5) Texas law makes school attendance compulsory from age 6 to age 19. With very few exceptions, public High Schools in Texas are for grades 9 through 12 (ages c. 15 through 19). "Junior High" (alternatively called "Middle School") generally means grades 5 through 8. Elementary school typically covers grades K through 4.
(6) School years are presented in the form 2013/14, meaning the 12 months from August 2013 to late spring 2014.
- Neches ISD
Not to be confused with Port Neches-Groves ISD.
Stats: No paddlings were recorded at the High School during 2000/01 or 2004/05, but 20 boys and 5 girls received swats on at least one occasion in 2011/12.
- Nederland ISD
Placement at the Alternative Education School is a punishment for middle- and high-school students who would otherwise be potential candidates for expulsion. While there, students must conform to a very strict list of rules, the violation of which may incur corporal punishment.
At Central Middle, cheerleaders who receive corporal punishment "will be penalized".
Paddling at C.O. Wilson Middle School is "with parental consent" -- it is not clear whether this means separately on each occasion.
See also news reports from Aug 2008 and March 2012 and May 2012.
Stats: 108 students were paddled in this district in 2011/12 -- 73 of them boys in grades 9 through 12.
- Needville ISD
For minor (level I) infractions, CP may be substituted for detention. "This decision will be made by the teacher assigning the detention." This is the High School handbook; the other schools in the district have a broadly similar policy.
For athletes, "corporal punishment and/or possible suspension may be given for any conduct offense".
- New Boston ISD
In the pan-district board policy, a same-sex requirement for CP applies only in grades 6 through 12.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), for parents not wishing the paddle to be used, merely signing and sending in the form will not suffice: they must deliver a separate handwritten letter in person to the school office.
New for 2016/17 at Oakview Primary is a progressive disciplinary matrix that includes a lot of references to "Principal Corporal Punishment".
The Teacher Handbook indicates that spankings are to be administered in the principal's office.
Stats: No students were paddled at New Boston High School during 2009/10 or 2011/12, but during 2012/13 the high school adopted the new form mentioned above that reflected its decision to use the paddle. During 2013/14, eight boys and no girls were paddled on one or more occasions.
- New Braunfels ISD
Stats: New Braunfels High School recorded zero CP during 2000/01; five boys paddled in 2006/07; 10 boys paddled in 2009/10; but 37 boys paddled in 2011/12. No girls were paddled during any of the years surveyed. No students were paddled in 2009/10 or 2011/12 at any of the district's elementary schools. The increase in CP at the high school coincided with a decrease in the use of in-school suspension, suggesting a deliberate policy reorientation towards spanking for the older male teens.
- New Home ISD
Here, corporal punishment "does not require parental consent", but if parents opt out of CP the student may be suspended or sent to DAEP. "Any student receiving four or more tardies will receive corporal punishment". This is a significant switch towards CP since a previous version, in which five or more tardies meant three days of ISS. Also, "A third dress code offense will result in the student being given sweats to wear and corporal punishment."
- Newton ISD
At the Elementary School, "3 swats" is an alternative to detention at steps 2, 3 and 4 of the discipline process.
Student athletes may be spanked by coach. Students whose parents do not agree with this "should not be involved in athletics". The student must sign a form stating "If I do happen to make a poor decision, I can accept the consequences of my behavior". See this Sep 2014 news item explaining that coaches need to be able to paddle errant athletes "because they can't take time out of practice to make them flip tires or run laps".
The teachers' handbook stresses that CP is to be administered in the office.
Stats: During 2011/12, 65 boys and 22 girls at Newton High received swats.
- North Lamar ISD, Paris
At the High School, for a second offense of cell phone use, in addition to having the device confiscated, "student will have a choice of corporal punishment or after school detention". A similar choice applies for a second dress code violation, and a fifth tardy.
Frank Stone Middle School students may choose a spanking for a second or third dress-code violation.
Stats: 18 boys and 6 girls were paddled at North Lamar High School in 2011/12.
- North Zulch ISD
"Swats" are a possible consequence for Level I and Level II offenses. Also, "One day of ISS or one swat" is specifically mentioned as a punishment for profanity.
Stats: In year 2011/12, 57 boys and 20 girls were paddled on one or more occasions.
- Nueces Canyon CISD
For members of sports teams, "Violation of these rules may result in penalties at the coaches' discretion. These include and may be a combination of: corporal punishment, extra running, athletic probation, suspension, and possible expulsion from Athletics". CP was mentioned in previous versions, but not explicitly in combination with other punishments.
- Oakwood ISD
In a provision not seen elsewhere, "Parents shall have no right to witness the administration of
Stats: During 2011/12, no corporal punishment was recorded at Oakwood High School, and 27 students received ISS assignments (17b 10g). Paddling was introduced and ISS assignments dropped. In 2013/14, 11 boys and no girls received swats, and ISS assignments declined for both the boys and the girls to only 10 (6b 4g).
- Olfen ISD, Rowena
"Refusing corporal punishment may result in escalation towards other forms of discipline: suspension, DAEP, expulsion or revocation of transfer."
- Olney ISD
A same-sex policy introduced here in 2011 was abolished in 2015.
- Olton ISD
The Athletic Handbook states that CP is one of the penalties that sports coaches may mete out to team members for minor offenses, separately from any action taken by the school administration. This is relatively new: the 2011 version of the Athletic Handbook did not mention corporal punishment at all.
- Onalaska ISD
Here in 2012 were introduced two different "Discipline Management Charts", one for grades Pre-K through 6 and the other for grades 7 through 12. In the upper grades there are over 20 separate offenses listed for which a spanking may be the consequence, either two or three swats. In most cases this is an alternative to In-School Suspension, where 5 days in ISS is equivalent to three paddle swats, or to after-school detention, where both 5 and 10 days' ASD generally equates to two swats, and fifteen days to three swats. New in the 2016 version, a secondary student may now be paddled for a first tobacco offense; a second or third dress code violation; and a first or second violation of rules while placed in ISS.
There is special provision for tardies. For the 4th and 5th tardy the punishment is 5 days' detention or two swats; for the 6th tardy, it is 10 days' detention, or three swats (the CP option in this case is a recently added provision), or 3 days in ISS. From the 7th tardy onwards it is just 3 days in ISS.
- Orange Grove ISD
"Corporal Punishment (use of the paddle) is included in the Orange Grove I.S.D. Student Code of Conduct."
The Employee Handbook states incorrectly that "as per statute" only same-gender paddling is allowed. Texas has no such law. Also, "Students should not be spanked in the presence of other students". Paddlings are to be administered in the office.
- Orangefield ISD
"Corporal punishment can be administered" is a recent addition to the consequences listed for misbehaving student athletes. Also, "Consequences cannot be avoided by quitting or because an athlete is not in season".
Stats: According to this May 2012 news item, there were 103 paddlings here in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
- Ore City ISD
Interesting policy differentiation here: at the Middle School parents must explicitly opt in if they assent to CP, while at the High School, consent is assumed unless the parents opt out.
- Overton ISD (New URL)
Corporal punishment is the first-mentioned penalty for athletes who violate the team rules.
- Paducah ISD
A same-sex requirement for CP was abolished here in 2012. The student should have the opportunity to say if there is any family or medical reason why he/she should not receive corporal punishment.
The class information page for Math says "On the 3rd occurrence of not finishing your assignment, you will be sent to the office for ISS or swats".
- Palestine ISD
A paddling is the first consequence for violations of expected conduct by student athletes. There is a form which the athlete must sign: "By signing this agreement I am agreeing to all discipline policies including corporal punishment".
Stats: From 2000/01 through 2011/12, no CP was recorded at Palestine High School. Now the high school has introduced the paddle: 18 boys and 7 girls received spankings on at least one occasion in 2013/14.
- Panhandle ISD
Stats: During 2000/01 paddling was in use in all of this district's schools. In line with the trend in many Texas districts in the early years of the last decade, no CP was recorded in 2004/05. The next time the district was surveyed, 2011/12, both the elementary school and the junior high retained their non-use of CP, but the paddle had returned to the high school: 15 boys (but no girls) received swats on one or more occasions. This is a trend recently seen in a number of Texas districts, to refrain from paddling younger students but to provide it for older teens if they so choose.
- Panther Creek CISD, Valera
Corporal punishment is particularly mentioned as a penalty for dress code violations and boys with hair untidy or too long or who are unshaven.
See also this Feb 2012 news item.
- Paradise ISD
The Board Policy states that, if the staff member delivering the spanking is not of the same sex as the student, the official witness must be. This change was made in 2012.
Stats: During 2009/10, 15 boys at Paradise High School received swats on one or more occasions. There was a modest increase to 23 boys paddled during 2011/12. No high-school girls received swats in either year. At the elementary school, two students were paddled during 2011/12, and six at the middle school. During 2013/14, paddling was extended to the Paradise High School girls. That year, two girls, and 17 boys, received swats on one or more occasion.
- Paris ISD
CP here is limited to paddling, and not, as it is worded at most Texas schools, "paddling or spanking".
It is no longer spelled out, as it was in previous years, that students are always given the opportunity to choose between corporal punishment and some other penalty.
Paris (formerly Travis) Junior High has simplified its procedure for tardies. Now, at the second tardy per semester, students are offered a choice between one day's lunch detention and an unstated number of paddle swats (earlier versions specified two). Subsequent tardies to school no longer involve the possibility of CP. However, tardiness to ISS results in "a choice of two swats or an additional ISS assignment".
The (senior) High School no longer specifically mentions spanking for latecomers, but CP remains available in general.
See also this Oct 2012 news item, which clarifies that students in grades K through 12 may be paddled, and that the relevant PISD employees are trained in how to administer it -- important but rarely mentioned.
Stats: 257 students were paddled in Paris ISD schools in 2011/12, up from 180 two years earlier. CP is also used in the district's DAEP program. During 2013/14, seven boys and six girls were spanked on at least one occasion at Paris DAEP.
- Pearsall ISD
Stats: No CP was recorded at Pearsall High School during any year surveyed (2000/01, 2004/05, 2009/11, 2011/12, or 2013/14). However, local sources report that the high school introduced spanking in September 2014, allowing both the boys and the girls to opt for a 4-swat paddling for each day of ISS. To replace multi-day ISS assignments, swats are given on consecutive days.
- Petrolia CISD
Teachers, and not only principals or coaches as in many Texas districts, may administer the paddle, but "the campus principal, Athletic Director, or head football coach must approve all corporal punishment".
- Pettus ISD (New URL
Here, the semester exam exemption policy requires the student not to have received any swats.
Stats: In school year 2009/10, 25 boys were paddled on one or more occasions. Two years later the use of paddling had been extended to female recipients, and had more than doubled: in 2011/12, 46 boys and 13 girls received CP. As in many Texas school districts, CP is much more frequently used at the secondary than at the elementary level. In 2011/12, only 4 boys and 2 girls were spanked at the elementary school.
- Pine Tree ISD, Longview
CP is specifically mentioned as a penalty for a second minor violation of the school bus rules.
Stats: This Feb 2007 news report quoted a Pine Tree ISD spokesperson as saying that in practice CP was hardly ever used. But this Sep 2014 news item shows that, seven years later, the paddle was back in full swing: there were 109 spankings in 2013/14.
See also this Sep 2016 news report, which notes 773 paddlings in Pine Tree in the preceding five years.
- Pittsburg ISD (Texas) [DOC] New URL
The Student Management Plan for Pittsburg High School (grades 9 through 12) provides for corporal punishment at Step 4, but for serious offenses like smoking or vandalism, Steps 1, 2 and 3 (detentions, etc.) may be skipped and a spanking administered straight away.
The 2017 football handbook states: "Our coaches treat our players like sons. Corporal punishment will be administered in Boy's Athletics. Athletes that prefer not to take a lick will be given running time. Running time will be done on athletes' time, not practice time." For horseplay or profanity, the punishment is "One lick or 200 yd Air Raid". (Air Raid in American football is a technical term for a particular series of moves.) For fighting the consequence is "Two licks or 2 miles".
On the last page of the football document, the player and his parent must both sign that they do or do not "agree to the use of corporal punishment (spanking)".
Stats: 53 boys and 16 girls at Pittsburg High School received paddlings in 2011/12, up from zero in 2006/07.
- Plains ISD [DOC]
Penalties for tardiness have been increased here. At the High School and Middle School levels, a seventh tardy per semester now attracts "two swats or two days of ISS or campus duties assigned".
The Athletic Handbook provides that coaches may spank athletes who exhibit disrespect or violate athletic policies. The only alternative to CP mentioned in this context is extra work.
- Plainview ISD
The student may be given a choice between paddling and other punishments.
Corporal punishment (up to 3 swats) is an option in lieu of a first ISS placement for members of sports teams, subject to approval by the parents and the athletic department. In previous years the maximum paddling was 2 swats, so this is a 50% increase in the intensity of the spanking for athletes.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Plainview High School in 2000/01, 2004/05, 2006/07 or 2009/10. The high school then adopted paddling, 32 students receiving swats during 2011/12 and 26 in 2013/14.
- Pleasanton ISD
Note the section headed "Eighteen-year-olds":
Eighteen-year-olds are considered adults and are accorded the rights of adulthood. However, eighteen-year-olds enrolled in the Pleasanton Independent School District are also "students" and are subject to all rules and regulations of other students as long as they are enrolled in Pleasanton High School. If a student is eighteen or older and still residing with the parent, the parent will be required to sign all school documents.
This implies that even if an 18-year-old thinks that he or she is "too old" to be spanked, the school is allowed to paddle unless the parents have signed the opt-out form.
- Prairie Lea ISD
Here is an unusual provision: "The District does not use corporal punishment as a corrective action, however, space will be provided to parents and legal guardians requiring a private conference area in order redirect their children".
- Prairiland ISD, Pattonville
During 2006/07, only five boys and no girls received spankings at Prairiland High School. Within five years, administrators had decided to be much more assertive with the use of the paddle: 61 boys and 11 girls were spanked out of the 350 students at this high school (grades 9 through 12) in 2011/12, giving an annual "CP rate" of 21%.
Due to a change in the policy for encouraging students to be on time, even more spanking may be happening now. During 2011/12, the first three tardies brought no punishment, the fourth and fifth tardies brought morning detention, and the sixth tardy brought Saturday school. A special provision was introduced for 2012/13. Now for the fifth and sixth tardies, the punishment is "one lick or detention". The seventh and eighth tardies (presumably per semester) bring "2 licks or Saturday School". (The use of the word "licks" is fairly unusual in Texas, where strokes of the paddle are normally called "swats".)
The separate handbook for the Junior High School does not mention CP for tardies at all, only detention. Although there are more elementary students than high-school students in the district, during 2011/12 there was more CP at the high school than at the two elementary schools combined. Prairiland, like several other places recently in Texas, appears to recognize not only that more frequent use of "licks" can improve high-school student behavior, but also that a paddle may be a more suitable discipline tool for young men and women than it is for young children.
- Pringle-Morse ISD, Morse
This district consists of a single K-8 school. An unusual feature is that the form included at page 59, on which parents either grant or withhold permission to administer CP, provides space for a list of all a family's students and requires each student him- or herself to sign the relevant box, whether yes or no.
- Rains ISD, Emory
A previous requirement that the person inflicting CP be of the same sex as the student was deleted in 2011, enabling female students to be spanked by male staff, and vice versa.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), there is a maximum of three swats. Also here, but not at the other schools in the district, explicit provision is made for repeatedly tardy students to be paddled. The third tardy per semester brings "two after-school detentions or one swat"; the fourth, "four after-school detentions or two swats".
At the Junior High School there is also a maximum of three swats, but no specific reference to paddling for tardies.
- Reagan County ISD
The pan-district handbook offers parents a form with three choices: approval of CP, prohibition of CP, and approval "BUT only if I am notified first".
The Athletics document instructs members of sports teams that, if the principal offers them a choice between ISS and corporal punishment, they must take the swats, because "While an athlete is in ISS, they are not able to participate in practice or games".
Stats: During 2011/12, 38 boys and 9 girls received corporal punishment. Two years later, these figures increased considerably: 65 boys and 34 girls were paddled.
Specifically, at the High School during 2013/14, the numbers of disciplinary referrals for ISS (which can lead either to ISS or to swats) were as follows: freshmen, 26 students received 58 referrals (resulting in 37 spankings and 21 ISS assignments); sophomores, 34 students received 82 referrals (resulting in 50 spankings and 32 ISS assignments); juniors, 24 students received 76 referrals (resulting in 40 spankings and 36 ISS assignments); and seniors, 30 students received 85 referrals (resulting in 40 spankings and 45 ISS assignments).
- Rio Grande City CISD
At Veterans Middle School, corporal punishment was added in 2012 to the list of possible consequences for minor offenses.
- Rio Vista ISD
In athletics, "CORPORAL PUNISHMENT MAY BE USED with parent notification only" (caps as in the original). I think this means parents are notified only afterwards and not consulted beforehand. Also: "All corrective punishment must be completed prior to participation in the next contest".
Stats: Rio Vista High School paddled two boys and no girls during 2011/12. During 2013/14, 14 boys (but still no girls) received spankings on one or more occasions.
Liable to paddling by the Athletic Director: high-school boys at Rising Star
- Rising Star ISD
This handbook has the unusual provision that "The athletic director, under the advisement of the principal, may paddle/spank male junior high and high school students". This sentence was newly added for 2015/16, possibly because the present high-school principal is female while the athletic director is male.
The Faculty Handbook says "Corporal punishment will be used when necessary". The discipline notice must be signed by all persons present.
- River Road ISD New!
This district reintroduced corporal punishment in November 2017 after a lapse of over a decade, following a survey of high-school parents in which 75% of respondents favored bringing back spanking.
- Roby CISD (New URL)
For athletes, failure to comply with the training rules "may result in corporal punishment". This consists of "one to three swats with a board witnessed in the principal's office".
- Rochelle ISD (New URL)
Corporal punishment "at the request of and with permission of the parent" is available for Level II and Level III offenses.
The notice of a teaching vacancy lists as the benefits of the job: "We are in the hill country of Texas, we have corporal punishment and we are just minutes from a larger city."
Stats: 8 of the 92 boys, and no girls, were spanked at Rochelle School during 2011/12. The figure for 2013/14 was 9 boys and no girls.
- Roosevelt ISD, Lubbock
"All students are subject to the corporal punishment policy" except where parents have notified the principal in writing within a week of enrollment.
Stats: 22 boys (out of 156) and no girls were paddled at the High School in 2011/12.
See also this Feb 2012 news item.
- Roscoe ISD
Parental permission is not necessary before the administration of CP. However, every effort will be made to inform parents of it after the event.
Stats: 11 boys and no girls were paddled on one or more occasions during 2011/12 at Roscoe Collegiate High School. Meanwhile, this Nov 2014 news report mentions that the district as a whole has an annual "CP rate" of 25%.
See also this Feb 2006 news item.
- Rotan ISD (New URL)
Paddling may be used for Level 1 and Level 2 violations, but not levels 3 or 4 (the most serious). It is also the only penalty mentioned for a fourth and fifth tardy per six-week period.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Rotan High School during 2000/01, 2006/07 or 2011/12 (the three years studied). But in 2013/14, 9 boys and 7 girls were paddled on one or more occasions at this very small school (enrollment: 36 boys and 44 girls).
- Sabinal ISD
This school district abolished CP some time before 2012 but had reintroduced it by 2015.
- Sabine ISD, Gladewater
At the High School, corporal punishment may occur at steps 3 or 4 (but not both) of the 10-step Discipline Procedure.
The Middle School handbook says that CP is used only for Level 1 offenses (the least serious).
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Saint Jo ISD
"An unexcused tardy 1st period can result in an immediate discipline assignment", which may include corporal punishment.
- Salado ISD
CP may be used in grades 7 through 12 -- that is, at the Junior and Senior High Schools but not at the intermediate or elementary schools. This is de facto true of a number of Texas school districts, but it is unusual for it to be put in writing.
- Santo ISD (New URL)
At the Junior High and High School, Step Two of the Discipline Management Plan is after-school detention (2 days) or corporal punishment. Step Three is after-school detention (3 days) or corporal punishment. Tardies generally result in after-school detention but, from the sixth one onwards, "Additional tardies will be dealt with according to the overall discipline record of the student. The punishment for this could include any of the following: multiple days of Saturday School, corporal punishment, suspension, or AEP placement."
- Schleicher County ISD, Eldorado
At Eldorado High, tardies accumulate over a six-week period. The EHS Tardy Policy now provides 1 day of after-school detention, or 1 swat, for the 3rd tardy; 2 days of after-school detention or 2 swats for the 4th tardy; "3 days of ISS or 2 swats per day (6 total)" for the 5th tardy; AND, remarkably, "5 days of ISS or 2 swats per day (10 total)" for the 6th tardy. (The expansion to a total of 10 swats happened with the 2013/14 handbook.)
Corporal punishment also features in the policy against the use of cellphones and other electronic devices. A fourth such offense brings a fine of $15 (for the return of the confiscated phone), plus either one day of after-school detention (ASD) or 1 swat; a fifth offense $15, plus 2 days' ASD or two swats; a sixth $15, plus one day of Saturday School or six swats, to be given as two swats per day for 3 days.
Similar punishments apply to a third, fourth, fifth and sixth dress code/grooming violation, respectively.
The Middle School (grades 5 through 8) has corporal punishment in general, but offers no specific scheme of escalating swats as at the High School.
"Corporal punishment as a choice" is one of the discipline techniques applied to student athletes. "If a player is disrespectful to a coach, teacher, or administrator, or is in violation of athletic policies, he or she will be disciplined. This discipline may be extra physical work and/or corporal punishment."
Stats: At the High School in 2011/12, a total of 13 students, all male, received a paddling on at least one occasion. The total male student enrollment was 72, for an annual "CP rate" for young men of 18% at this very small grade 9-12 school.
- Scurry-Rosser ISD, Scurry
This handbook states that corporal punishment may be used "at all campuses" (emphasized in bold). Since there are only three campuses -- elementary, middle and high -- this is a way of saying that students in all grades 1 through 12 may be paddled.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Scurry-Rosser High School in 2000/01. A decade later, this had changed, 39 boys receiving spankings on one or more occasions. Also in 2011/12, at the Elementary School, two boys were paddled; at the Middle School, 19 boys and 5 girls.
- Seminole ISD
At the High School, CP may be administered to students who fail to show up for an assigned lunch detention, or for Wednesday detention.
At the Junior High, "swats" are a consequence for a second or third tardy per six-week period.
Corporal punishment is the standard consequence for Seminole athletes who commit "minor offenses" such as inappropriate language, "violation of training room policies", or absence from training. For the first such violation, the penalty is simply 1 swat. For the second, the student-athlete receives 2 swats and must sign a behavioral contract. On the third occasion, he or she receives a further 2 swats and there is a parent conference. Parents have to sign off on these rules. If they request no paddling, the student must instead "run 2 miles with a tire", increased by 2 miles for each subsequent offense.
Stats: There has been an upsurge in paddling at Seminole High School. In 2011/12, 168 boys and 67 girls were spanked, but two years later swats were provided to 253 boys and 122 girls.
- Seymour ISD
Same-sex requirement "to the extent circumstances allow" (unusual wording) in the pan-district board policy document.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), CP is particularly mentioned as a penalty for unauthorized use of communications devices. A first such offense brings one swat or one day of ISS. "The parent will also be notified of the incident so they can determine the punishment." For a second offense the consequence is two swats or 2 days' ISS and the parent must come to retrieve the phone at the end of the school day. "Again, when the parent is notified, they will help determine the punishment." A third phone offense results in three swats or 3 days in ISS.
Stats: During 2011/12, 17 boys and no girls received swats at Seymour High School. This fell to 4 boys and 0 girls in 2013/14. More recent local information suggests that the high school does now paddle girls too.
- Shiner ISD
Students failing to meet the dress and grooming code "will be subject to ISS, swats, suspension, etc.".
The Code of Conduct includes the form for opting in or out of CP, which the student him- or herself must sign as well as the parent. This latter requirement was new in 2014.
- Slaton ISD
This handbook for grades 9 through 12 has a three-part Authorization for Corporal Punishment form where parents can choose yes, yes but call me first, or no.
Stats: This is another Texas district to have decided that spanking in school is now more appropriate for the older teenagers than for younger students. During 2011/12, 9 students were spanked at Thomas Elementary (7b 2g), but during 2013/14, there was no use of spanking at the school. During 2011/12, 16 students were spanked at Slaton Junior High (15b 4g), but during 2013/14, only 4 students (boys) received spankings. By contrast, use of the paddle soared at the senior High School. Only 2 students were paddled during 2011/12 (both boys) to 30 high-school students who received swats in 2013/14 (26b, 4g). Local sources report that high-school students may elect to receive a paddling instead of detention, and that even if they choose detention, this does not mean they will escape spanking, as swats are given to students who talk in detention.
- Slocum ISD, Elkhart (New URL)
Stats: At Slocum High School (unusually grades 6 through 12), during the 2011/12 school year, 45 boys and 14 girls were paddled on one or more occasions, out of a student population of 228. Overall that is a 26% rate annual average, but for boys it is higher: 45 out of 106 students means that 42% of the boys were spanked that year.
- Smithville ISD
"Administrator and parent must mutually agree to the use of corporal punishment before this disciplinary technique is administered."
- Sonora ISD
A same-sex requirement previously in the Board Policy document was deleted in Feb 2014.
At the High School, a fourth tardy per semester brings "ISS placement or swat" [sic].
Stats: Sonora High School recorded no corporal punishment during 2000/01, 2004/05, 2009/10 or 2011/12. As of 2013/14, however, Sonora High School has joined the ranks of many other Texas high schools that have decided to implement spanking for the older teens. That year 24 boys and 10 girls were paddled on one or more occasions.
- Southside ISD
Here, CP is an available consequence for offenses of both Stage I (tardiness, truancy, insubordination, plagiarism, and minor first incidents of inappropriate public display of affection) and Stage II (profanity, vandalism, hazing, and repeated minor incidents of public display of affection). The paddling must be given by a campus administrator.
- Spring Hill ISD, North Longview
This Sep 2014 news item stated that Spring Hill allowed CP only at the primary level. This is no longer true. Indeed, the situation has been reversed: paddling has been prohibited in grades K through 5 but reinstated at secondary level. Local sources report that students at Spring Hill High School are offered the opportunity to take three swats in place of an assignment to ISS.
- Springlake-Earth ISD
"Parents who choose not to allow corporal punishment as a disciplinary management technique agree to immediately pick up their child when contacted by district staff." Furthermore, if the school decides on suspension in lieu of corporal punishment, each day of out-of-school suspension requires four days of after-school tutorials for makeup work, on each day of which the parent is responsible for picking up the student at 4:30 pm. This must be a powerful incentive for the parent to allow paddling.
In August 2016 this district abolished a same-sex requirement for CP.
Stats: During 2011/12, six boys and four girls were paddled at Springlake-Earth High School out of an enrollment of 51 boys and 50 girls.
- Springtown ISD
The board policy was updated in light of the events described in this Sep 2012 news item (with video clip) and its follows-up later the same month (with video clip). The requirement (inadvertently breached at Springtown High School) that the paddler must be of the same sex as the student was deleted, and now it is permissible for a man to spank a girl or a woman to spank a boy, as long as there is a witness of the same sex as the student. Each instance of CP must be specifically requested in writing by a parent. This request may not be made more than once per semester.
History: See this Sep 2007 news item (with video clip), and this March 2011 news item, which reported that the paddle had been deployed 103 times in the previous seven months, mostly at the student's choice, and that CP was not being used at the elementary level.
- Stamford ISD
New in 2015 at the High School, CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for a first offense of academic dishonesty.
The Middle School stresses (bold type and underlined) that if parents object to CP, which they must do in writing annually, the result may be DAEP or ISS. "In such cases, the parent or guardian will be notified by telephone and required to come to the school to confer about appropriate discipline. By denying corporal punishment, the principal's options for disciplinary consequences are limited." Also, a student accumulating excessive detentions may arrange to have them "paddled off" at the rate of one swat per day of detention.
- Sterling City ISD
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy document.
The junior/senior high school handbook stipulates (Appendix III) that "corporal punishment or removal from school" is the response to a second, third or fourth dress code violation. A paddling is also the first-mentioned penalty for all minor infractions: one swat or one day's suspension for the first offense, 2 swats or 2 days for the second, and 3 swats or 3 days for each of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th offenses.
Stats: During 2000/01, five boys and no girls received swats at Sterling City Junior High/High School. The school then abandoned paddling; no students received swats during the next two years surveyed, 2006/07 or 2011/12. However, like many other Texas secondary schools, the school then reintroduced paddling, and extended it to the girls. In 2013/14, 16 of the 81 boys, and 4 of the 66 girls, were spanked on one or more occasions. In keeping with modern best practice, the district paddles only teenagers. The district was not using CP at Sterling City Elementary School in 2000/01, 2006/07 or 2011/12, and did not introduce it during 2013/14.
- Sudan ISD
A form, "Request for Discipline Methods Including Corporal Punishment", is provided at the end of the Elementary handbook: "Please check and sign if you do or do not wish for corporal punishment, or swats, to be issued to your child/children when needed or appropriate, which is determined only by the Principal".
At the High School, somewhat unusually for Texas nowadays, "Corporal punishment will not be used to replace ISS".
- Sulphur Springs ISD
"Corporal punishment (paddling)" is one of the "authorized corrective measures" here.
Stats: 94 boys were paddled in the 2009/10 school year at the High School (grades 9 through 12), and no girls. That de facto sex-discrimination policy has now ended: local sources report that the school introduced paddling for girls in early 2014, following a survey of students which asked, "Should girls be allowed to get swats?".
- Sundown ISD
The pan-district Code of Conduct discusses CP at length on page 23. It also says (pages 7-9) that, for gross misconduct such as drug or alcohol use, students are removed to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for a period determined by the principal, and required to undergo counseling. For a fourth such offense, in addition to a further period of DAEP and intense counseling, the consequences can include "periods of suspension, extra work, and corporal punishment". It is very unusual in America for CP to be regarded as a suitable response to drug and alcohol use.
Students at the High School (grades 9-12) are informed that teachers "are considered your parents during the school day" and must therefore be obeyed. Any student "who chooses to be truant for one or more class periods, tutorials or assemblies" is subject to one of a list of penalties, the first of which is "swats with a paddle".
The Teacher Handbook notes that spankings should preferably be delivered by the principal in his office.
The Middle School handbook (grades 6-8) is unusual for a mainstream Texas public school in stating that corporal punishment is to be carried out "by either an administrator or parent". Students sent to the principal's office for the first time are given a choice of one day's after-school detention or one paddle swat. For fighting, the minimum punishment is 2 days' ISS and/or 2 swats. For the fourth and fifth tardy in a six-week period, it is one swat or 3 days' lunch detention; for the sixth, one swat or after-school detention; for the seventh, two swats or 3 days' ASD.
Students placed in Saturday School or ISS, or given the option of swats instead of ISS, may not participate in activities or rewards given for that six-week period such as assembly programs, picnic in the park, 8th grade movie night, etc.
Stats: 13 boys and 4 girls were spanked at the High School during 2011/12, an increase from zero in 2009/10. 27 male and 13 female students were spanked at the Middle School in 2011/12. This too is an increase from zero two years previously.
- Sunray ISD (New URL)
Parents may refuse swats by notifying the school in writing. "The refusal will remain in effect for the entire school year for every disciplinary action requiring corporal punishment. ASD (after school detention) will be given in place of corporal punishment." This is a change from earlier versions, where the alternative to a paddling was three days' ISS. There is a maximum of three swats per incident.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Sunray High School during 2000/01. In 2011/12 (the next year the district was surveyed), 21 boys and 2 girls in grades 9 through 12 received an official spanking on at least one occasion.
- Sweeny ISD
At the High School, there is a "Discipline Hierarchy" for office referrals for Category I and II offenses, all of which occur within the classroom. This includes things like disruptive behavior, disobeying class rules, and insubordination. If the offense is serious, the student is to be referred to the office immediately. The consequence for Offenses 5-10 in these categories are corporal punishment, suspension or ISS assignment. CP is also offered, as a choice instead of school service or Saturday detention, for a second Category IV offense. These are minor offenses that occur outside the classroom such as being in the hallway without a pass. There is no mention of paddling for major offenses.
The Junior High School says CP may be inflicted for offenses in Categories 2 and 3.
For student athletes, one of the "discipline options" is "corporal correction if allowed by the parent or guardian". The document pleads with parents to allow it: "We would like to have the option to use corporal punishment ... Due to the nature of this discipline, we would use corporal punishment in place of physical punishment. We would always allow your child the option to choose. Due to the amount of time it takes to notify parents, we will not be calling you prior to administering the punishment."
The form that parents are required to sign (page 20) states "I will (will not) allow my son/daughter to receive corporal punishment in athletics".
At page 19 is the "Written Reprimand Form", the second "Consequences" tickbox in which is labeled "Corporal punishment", followed by others relating to being suspended for a number of games, etc. The Student-Athlete has to sign this form below the line "I agree to do my part to follow the requirements of this reprimand". The form is also to be signed by the Head Coach and the Athletic Director. It is the latter who performs the spanking.
Stats: 106 boys and 6 girls received swats in this district in 2011/12.
History: In 2012 the High School published a Campus Improvement Plan favoring "discipline consequences that result in corporal punishment, Saturday School, Lunch Detentions [and] After School Detentions" in order to "reduce the frequency / duration students are removed out of their regular classes".
- Sweetwater ISD (New URL)
An unusual feature here, explicitly stated for the High School as well as the elementary and middle schools, is that "Parents may be summoned to witness corporal punishment". CP may be administered by the principal, assistant principal or a teacher, but it must be carried out in the principal's office.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), a first referral to the office means one day in OCS (on-campus suspension, i.e. ISS) or three swats; a second referral, either 3 days' OCS or one day OCS plus 3 swats; a third referral, either 5 days' OCS or 2 days' OCS plus 3 swats. Note that the wording in each case is "three swats", not "up to three swats": this appears to be a high school where, if you choose a spanking, you automatically receive three swats.
A three-swat paddling plus increasing amounts of OCS is also the penalty for a 9th, 10th and 11th tardy to school in a six-week period. "Tardy reports will be run at the end of each week and the students consequences will be served the following week."
The Middle School book has the general CP provisions but does not list specific amounts of it, nor does it offer a paddling choice for tardies.
Stats: No student received CP at the High School in 2009/10, while 80 students had to serve OCS. Two years later, 38 boys and 21 girls were paddled in grades 9 through 12, while the number of students placed in OCS declined by 56% to 35.
- Tatum ISD (New URL)
See this Sep 2014 news item, in which a Tatum ISD spokesman said CP was used 22% of the time and that "it does work for some students". Only 5% of parents chose exemption from CP.
See also this Sep 2012 article from Tatum Middle School's student newspaper, which includes a picture of the then-new paddle.
Stats: During 2009/10 at Tatum High, 25 boys and no girls were paddled on one or more occasions. For 2011/12, the school had tripled its use of CP, and extended it to girls: 54 boys and 20 girls were spanked on one or more occasions. CP remained at a similar level for 2013/14: 55 boys and 25 girls were spanked on at least one occasion.
- Teague ISD
At the Junior High, a new dress code and tardy policy allows parents to opt their student out of Saturday School or ISS and choose corporal punishment instead. This applies to the fourth and fifth tardy per semester, and to the second and third dress code violation.
Stats: From 2000/01 through 2011/12, no paddlings were recorded at Teague High School. Now the school has introduced spanking: 16 boys and 2 girls were corporally punished on one or more occasions during 2013/14.
- Tenaha ISD
This is one of the minority of Texas districts that call paddle strokes "pops" rather than "swats". It is firm on lateness: "The school cannot function smoothly unless everyone is at his assigned place at the proper time [...] Tardiness will result in disciplinary action to the offending student". This includes one pop or one day's ISS for a 5th tardy, and two pops or two days' ISS for a 7th tardy.
- Three Rivers ISD New!
Corporal punishment was reintroduced here in July 2017 after a 6-0 vote by the district's trustees. It had been in abeyance for some years.
Paddling may be administered only by the Campus Behavior Coordinator or the Principal. "The student will be given one paddling for his/her infraction(s)." Parents must be contacted beforehand to obtain their express consent. Strangely, a district employee of the opposite sex of the student must be present as a witness. (Perhaps this is a drafting error.)
This resurrection of school spanking gained wide coverage across the country, particularly by journalists who were apparently unaware that CP is quite prevalent in Texas schools. (More in a future update.)
- Throckmorton ISD [DOC]
The punishment for a second tardy is 1 swat or 2 hours in Saturday School (SS); for a third, 2 swats or 4 hours' SS; for a fourth, 3 swats or 6 hours' SS.
- Tidehaven ISD, El Maton
Tidehaven used to feature on this page a decade and more ago, but CP had fallen into disuse by 2006. It is now restored: in the 2011/12 school year at the High School (grades 9 through 12), 53 boys and 45 girls were officially paddled, for an annual "CP rate" of 48%.
As at a growing number of Texas schools, the form for opting into or out of CP must be signed by the student as well as a parent.
Failure to abide by the dress and grooming code "will be subject to disciplinary action (I.S.S., swats, suspension etc.)".
At the elementary schools, students undergoing ISS or corporal punishment automatically receive a "U" (unsatisfactory) for that six-week period.
- Timpson ISD
At the Elementary School, CP may be applied for dress-code violations and also for a second bus discipline offense.
At the High School, too, a paddling is a possible penalty for dress-code violations. It is no longer specifically mentioned as a punishment for tardiness.
Stats: During 2011/12, Timpson High School paddled 9 boys and no girls. During 2013/14, 11 boys and 2 girls were spanked.
History: A mass paddling of seniors for a prank at Timpson High School was reported in this Oct 2002 news item and this Nov 2002 follow-up.
- Tom Bean ISD
A same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy manual was removed in 2015.
It is no longer the case that the principal will administer CP only on request of the parent or the student. Now, per the standard Texas provisions, the high school can administer CP whenever it deems this advisable, unless the parent has previously delivered an opt-out notice.
- Trinidad ISD
Parking or driving violations are Level 1 offenses for which a student motorist will receive parental contact and a paddling, the only punishment offered for this offense. Public display of affection is a Level 2 violation incurring "Corporal Punishment or Zero d-hall" on a first offense. These are both available as "Staff Issued Consequences," i.e. they can be assigned by the teacher who witnesses the offense.
Also, Trinidad ISD has modified its discipline chart. Students may now be spanked as an Administration Consequence for "Not referring to a staff member or adult with a proper title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, Coach, etc.)" and for "Refusal or neglect to reply to a staff member/adult as 'sir' or 'ma'am'." CP is also available as an Administration Consequence for "Disrupting the singing of the school song." Both the required conduct, and the consequences, were new in 2014/15.
For threatening behavior towards other students, and for horseplay, paddling is now specified for the first, second, third and all subsequent violations.
- Trinity ISD
Corporal punishment is specifically mentioned as a penalty for a fourth, fifth or sixth tardy at the Middle School. This was new in 2015.
See also this Aug 2015 news item reporting that for 2015/16 the school board had decided to make more use of the paddle at the middle and high schools, subject to written permission from parents.
- Troup ISD
A same-sex requirement for the witness in earlier versions of the pan-district policy document was deleted in April 2015.
The High School handbook no longer contains, as earlier versions did, a form for parents and students to "opt in" to CP. Parents must now make a written request on their own initiative if they want their son or daughter exempted from CP.
The Extra-curricular Code of Conduct -- which the student him- or herself must sign, as well as the parent -- covers all sports and also activities like band, choir, FFA and others. It applies at all times, including during summer vacation. "Violations of these standards of behavior that are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in a student being disciplined under both standards." One of the consequences (chosen by the coach/sponsor) of both Category A and Category B offenses -- i.e. all offenses -- is "Corporal punishment in the form of strenuous exercise and/or paddling" (an unusual form of words which many will feel extends the definition of CP much too far). Parents are notified of all violations that result in a paddling.
- Troy ISD
For athletes, corporal punishment is mentioned in particular as a penalty for minor cases of hazing.
- Tyler ISD
The rules here have been revised. Formerly they said that the paddle must be of wood or plastic, not more than ¼" by 3" by 18", with a maximum of three swats. All that language has now gone, and the only provision about the instrument to be used is that it must "meet District specifications", but we are not told what these are. A same-sex stipulation is new, as also a requirement that parents must be contacted beforehand for each separate spanking.
See also this Nov 2005 news item, reporting that the school board had considered the question of CP and decided to keep it, and this Aug 2008 report that the matter had once more been considered and that again it had been decided to retain the paddle.
- Tyler County Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (New URL)
Nothing to do with Tyler ISD (see previous item), TCDAEP is a "discipline campus" in Woodville operated on behalf of five ISDs: Chester, Colmesneil, Spurger, Warren and Woodville. It is "the last step before expulsion". There are strict rules: "We do not want you to want to be here. DAEP is not a fun place".
Both the student and his or her parent must sign the acknowledgment form that includes: "We are aware and understand that one of the provisions in the TCDAEP Handbook Discipline Code indicates that Corporal Punishment may be an option exercised by the TCDAEP Administrator".
- Uvalde CISD
CP must have written parental consent. Local sources report that Uvalde High School reintroduced paddling in Dec 2011.
- Valley View ISD -- Cooke County
"Corporal punishment shall be administered for students in kindergarten–grade 6 in the principal's office and in the principal's or athletic director's office for students in grades 7–12."
The Middle School enrollment form has to be signed by both a parent and the student. It does not include an opt-out form, instead simply stating (page 13) that District personnel may use CP unless the parent has provided to the Board of Trustees a written statement prohibiting CP for the current school year.
- Van ISD (New URL)
Corporal punishment may be administered for "minor" and "intermediate" misbehavior but not for major offenses.
Stats: No CP was recorded in 2000/01. But in 2011/12, spankings were meted out to 43 boys and 9 girls.
- Veribest ISD (New URL)
This handbook no longer includes a "Corporal punishment consent form" which had to be signed by the student as well as the parent.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Veribest High School during 2000/01, 2004/05, or 2009/10, the only years the district was surveyed. In 2013/14, however, the high school introduced its students to the paddle. Even though only four high-school boys received swats that year (no girls), the availability of spanking significantly improved student behavior. During 2009/10, 15 students received one or more ISS assignments, but in 2013/14, this dropped to only 6 students. Similarly, during 2009/10, 15 students received one out-of-school suspension, but during 2013-14, only 4 students received OSS.
- Victoria ISD
This school district in 2014 revoked a requirement that paddling had to be performed by a staff member of the same sex as the student.
Stats: In 2011 corporal punishment was introduced for the first time at Mitchell Guidance Center, a 6-12 alternative high school where "no form of violence or disrespect is tolerated", and 86% of the students there were paddled on at least one occasion in 2011/12. Perhaps as a result, the number of assignments to ISS in the district fell by 50% between 2009 and 2011.
See also this Oct 2014 news item and this companion piece.
- Vidor ISD
In late 2015 this district abolished a same-sex requirement for CP.
At the Junior High School, paddling may be administered in lieu of ISS, except in the case of fighting. This substitution may be made only once (per semester? it is not made clear).
The High School and Middle School handbooks state merely that corporal punishment is available. They no longer explicitly provide that students may choose between a spanking and some other punishment.
However, the Faculty and Staff Handbook says: "Students may be given the opportunity to receive corporal punishment in lieu of other discipline".
Other schools in this district mention that they use CP, but give no details.
Stats: This May 2012 news item says there were 224 paddlings at Vidor schools in the first nine months of 2011/12. In the previous whole year there were 133 CP instances at Vidor High School alone (grades 9 through 12), mostly for either "insubordination" or excessive tardies.
- Wall ISD
Corporal punishment (page 38) is available for offenses at Level I, II and III (pp.18-21). It is particularly mentioned in connection with tobacco use (p.58).
Fairview is an alternative school that Wall ISD runs on behalf of 12 rural school districts. Its handbook makes clear that paddling is used, notably for tobacco offenses.
Stats: In 2000/01, 55 boys and 20 girls received one or more paddlings at Wall High School. CP was later set aside, and no CP was recorded in 2011/12, the next year the district was surveyed. By 2013/14 the paddle had returned, at least for the boys, with 10 students (all male) receiving swats on one or more occasions.
- Warren ISD
This is one of those Texas districts that allows ordinary teachers to paddle, not just administrators. There is a same-sex rule. "All students attending Warren ISD will be subject to corporal punishment (paddling)" unless the parent has objected in writing. CP is mentioned in particular for third and subsequent violations of the dress code and for the second through sixth tardies, as well as for student motorists who park their automobiles in the teachers' parking lot.
- Water Valley ISD
Parents are contacted before each paddling.
Stats: At Water Valley High School, 15 boys and no girls received one or more paddlings in 2000/01. In 2004/05 through 2009/10, no CP was recorded. Then the paddle returned: during 2011/12, 13 boys and 2 girls were spanked on one or more occasions.
- Waxahachie ISD
Corporal punishment is an "appropriate disciplinary consequence" for Class I, II and III offenses. It is not mentioned in relation to the most serious offenses (Class IV or V). In an earlier version, it was only for Class I and not Class II or Class III, so the scope for paddling has much increased. Efforts will be made to contact the parents beforehand.
- West ISD
"Each incident [of CP] must be documented with signatures of both employees involved and student acknowledgement on a referral."
- West Orange-Cove CISD
At all three schools, "Corporal punishment may be administered with written parental consent."
Stats: According to this May 2012 news item, there were 102 paddlings here in the first 9 months of school year 2011/12, but federal statistics reveal that these were all at the elementary and intermediate schools. At the High School, many boys (but no girls) were paddled during 2000/01, but then the paddle was put away. No students were paddled during any of the subsequent reporting years, through 2013/14. As at dozens of other Texas high schools, however, the paddle was brought back into use during 2014/15, according to local anecdotal sources, and has been extended to disciplining the girls, too.
- West Sabine ISD
The handbook says, in bold type and underlined, "All students attending West Sabine ISD will be subject to Corporal punishment (paddling). Corporal punishment will be used to discourage infractions of the Student Code of Conduct."
In addition to being available generally, CP is specifically mentioned for tardies, at the High School campus only. The second and third tardies attract one after-school detention per tardy or a paddling. For the 4th, 5th and 6th tardies the penalty is one day of Saturday school or a paddling.
As an appendix at the end of the document comes the Athletic Handbook, which states that "Athletes will be administered corporal punishment or conditioning for minor infractions".
- Wheeler ISD [DOC] (New URL)
Stats: This is another Texas district where official figures show that the CP rate has increased sharply in recent years, against the national trend. During school year 2009/10, only five students were paddled. By 2011/12 this figure had risen to 94 students.
- Whitney ISD
One of the Discipline Management Techniques at the High School (grades 9 through 12) is "Corporal punishment (only if the student's parent or guardian has provided a signed statement requesting its use. Administration has authority to deny the request)".
At the Middle School (grades 6 through 8), "Pops in lieu of ISS will solely be at the discretion of the Principal".
Stats: During 2011/12, no students were spanked at Whitney High School. The school then reintroduced paddling, with 7 students (all boys) receiving swats on one or more occasions during 2013/14.
- Wildorado ISD [DOC]
Students who violate the dress code are offered corporal punishment. In addition to being spanked, the student "will stay in ISS until a parent/guardian can bring appropriate clothing". Students who are "not allowed to have swats" must stay in ISS for the whole day. "If the violation occurs after lunch then the student will begin the next day of school in ISS and will be released after lunch." These provisions were new in 2015.
- Wills Point ISD
At the High School, "Parental consent will be received prior to the administration of corporal punishment". Students are not allowed to choose a spanking instead of office detention.
Stats: Federal statistics show no use of CP at any school in the district during any year surveyed from 2000/01 through 2013/14. According to local sources, paddling was (re)introduced to students of Wills Point High School during school year 2015/16.
- Wink-Loving ISD (New URL)
"Students who fail to turn in late work the day after it was due may be assigned after school detention until the work is satisfactorily completed. Corporal punishment MAY NOT be substituted for this particular offense."
See Slide 9 of the PowerPoint presentation, where Mrs Abbott tells her 7th- and 8th-graders that they may receive swats for any disciplinary referral.
The student, as well as a parent, must sign the Plagiarism Agreement, accepting that the possible consequences of copying others' work -- or allowing others to do so -- include "swats".
History: See this Mar 2011 news report, which refers to middle- and high-school students at Wink receiving 3 days' ISS and three swats for certain offenses. At that time, these included theft, profanity, vandalism and smoking.
Stats: Wink High School gave swats to two boys (and no girls) during 2011/12. Subsequently the school decided to give CP a much greater role in its disciplinary system: in 2013/14, 30 boys and 13 girls were spanked.
- Winnsboro ISD
Only the principal or assistant principal may administer CP, and parents are to be informed by letter on each occasion.
At the Middle School from 2016, "Corporal punishment has been established [...] by the WISD School Board to provide an option for discipline of students". CP is listed after detention and before ISS.
At the High School, a choice of ISS or a paddling is the consequence for a 4th, 5th or 6th tardy per nine-week period.
Stats: This is another Texas district to have decided that spanking in school is more appropriate for teenagers than for younger children. No CP was recorded at either Winnsboro Elementary School or Winnsboro High School during 2000/01. No students were paddled at the elementary School in 2011/12 or 2013/14. But the high school introduced paddling. During 2011/12, 49 boys and 16 girls received swats on at least one occasion. This dropped slightly two years later, perhaps because the students had started complying better with the rules; in 2013/14, 41 boys and 9 girls in grades 9 through 12 were spanked.
- Woodville ISD
The Registration Forms include a "Corporal punishment statement" that both the student and his or her parent must sign. The statement has them acknowledge that, in order to opt a student out from CP, the parents must submit a written statement to the principal. No form for doing this is provided, so they have to compose their own letter.
In the athletic program, "physical activity and corporal punishment" are the only two disciplinary actions before suspension.
- Wortham ISD [DOC]
New in 2016, the Wortham High School Point System gives students points for various disciplinary consequences, with the accumulation of too many points leading to DAEP. Students receive 4 points per day of ISS, and 3 points for a spanking.
Stats: During 2004/05, 15 boys and no girls were paddled at Wortham High School. No CP was recorded in the next years surveyed (2011/12 and 2013/14). Local sources report that the high school reinstated spanking for the 2016/17 school year, particularly as a choice to replace detention, and extended its use to the girls.
- Yantis ISD
This district introduced paddling from November 2016, having previously prohibited all CP. See this Oct 2016 news item.
- Yoakum ISD
The (senior) High School confirms that CP may be used, but gives no details. The latest discipline referral form includes CP as one of the "Action Taken" options; this did not appear in the 2012 or earlier versions.
At the Junior High, "swats" are specifically mentioned as a punishment for five or more tardies.
At the intermediate school, "Teachers and administrators will work with the child to find effective discipline management techniques ... Such actions for the child might include ... accepting corporal punishment." Parents who ask that CP not be used must agree to pick up the student "should he/she need this type of punishment".
- Zephyr ISD
The "Zephyr Discipline Schedule" in this Code of Conduct specifies "Swats" for numerous offenses, including as an alternative to after-school detention for all first-time Category 2 offenses such as profanity or inappropriate behavior, and as an alternative to lunch detention for some Category 1 offenses on the first, second or third occasion.
- The following Texas public schools (school districts N to Z) also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details beyond one or other version of the Texas School Boards Association model text (CP "is restricted to spanking or paddling the student" and shall be administered with an approved instrument, etc. Routine provisions on witnesses and documentation. Parents' requests to opt their student out must be made annually in writing). In many cases, but not all, either the paddler or the witness must be of the same sex as the student:
- Stats: No official spankings were recorded at Navasota High School (grades 9 through 12) during 2006/07 but by 2011/12, the next year the district was surveyed, the school had introduced the paddle, with 18 boys and 2 girls receiving CP that year.
New Caney ISD
New Diana ISD
New Summerfield ISD
New Waverly ISD
Nixon-Smiley CISD New!
- Stats: 5 high-school boys were paddled during 2000/01. This increased to 17 boys (and no girls) during 2011/12. The district was not surveyed during the intervening years.
North Forest ISD
Northside ISD-Wilbarger County, Vernon (not to be confused with Northside ISD in San Antonio)
O'Donnell ISD (New URL)
Paint Creek ISD
Paint Rock ISD New!
Palo Pinto ISD
- See also this July 2005 news item.
- Stats: During 2011/12 at Palacios High School, two boys and no girls were paddled. Two years later, the school had increased its use of CP, and extended it to girls: 14 boys and 2 girls received swats on at least one occasion.
Patton Springs ISD
- Stats: At Crockett Middle School, 322 students (68% of the total enrollment) were spanked in 2011/12. At Pecos High School, during 2013/14, 37 boys and 4 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions, a slight increase from the 31 boys and 4 girls paddled during 2011-12.
- History: See this Feb 1995 news report about the reinstatement of CP at P-B-T's middle schools.
Perrin-Whitt CISD (New URL)
Perryton ISD (New URL)
- History: See this Nov 1998 news story in Perryton High School's magazine about a then new tardy policy called "three or three" -- a choice between three days' suspension or three paddle swats.
- Stats: Petersburg School gave nine boys swats during 2011/12.
Pharr - San Juan - Alamo ISD
Pleasant Grove ISD
- Stats: Pewitt High School paddled 40 boys and 12 girls in 2011/12, slightly up on 2009/10 (35 boys and 5 girls).
Port Arthur ISD
Port Neches-Groves ISD (New URL)
- Stats: See news items from March 2012 and May 2012 -- 90 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
Prairie Valley ISD
Priddy ISD [DOC]
- Stats: 13 boys and 2 girls received swats at Prairie Valley High School in 2011/12.
Rankin ISD New!
Raymondville ISD (New URL)
Redwater ISD (New URL)
Refugio ISD (New URL)
Richland Springs ISD
Riesel ISD (New URL)
Robert Lee ISD (New URL)
Rocksprings ISD (New URL)
- Stats: Rockdale High School paddled four boys and no girls during 2011/12. In 2013/14, 14 boys (but still no girls) received swats on at least one occasion.
Roxton ISD [DOC]
- Stats: During 2011/12 at Ropes School, 15 boys and 2 girls received spankings.
Royal ISD, Pattison (New URL)
- Stats: Roxton High School recorded no CP during 2000/01. A decade later the paddle was in use: 20 of the 106 boys, and 6 of the 90 girls, received corporal punishment.
Royse City ISD
- Annual Performance Report 2015
- Stats: Federal statistics record no CP at Runge High School in 2011/12 or 2013/14. Local statistics in the Performance Report, however, show a dramatic change in disciplinary practices between 2013/14 and 2014/15. CP was eliminated at Runge Elementary School (12 students were spanked during 2013/14, none in 2014/15), but introduced at Runge High School, where 27 students (24 boys, 3 girls) received spankings on one or more occasions. Of these, 16 were in grades 6-8 and 8 in grades 9-12. So this is another Texas district to have recently concluded that paddling is more appropriate for teenagers than for younger students.
S&S CISD, Sadler
- Stats: During 2013/14, 20 boys (but no girls) received a paddling on one or more occasions at Rusk High School.
Sabine Pass ISD (New URL)
Sam Rayburn ISD [DOC]
- Stats: Ten boys and no girls were spanked during 2011/12, or eight percent of the boys enrolled at this small school.
San Augustine ISD
San Benito CISD (New URL)
- Registration Form
- See also this Nov 2009 news item.
- Stats: During 2009/10, 20 boys and 5 girls were paddled at San Augustine High School. In 2011/12 the school recorded no corporal punishment. In 2013/14 paddling was restored, and 28 boys and 10 girls were spanked on at least one occasion.
Sands CISD [DOC]
- See also this March 2013 news item (illustrated), in which the "hands on the desk" paddling procedure at San Benito is described and the paddle is pictured.
Sanger ISD (New URL)
San Isidro ISD
San Perlita ISD
San Saba ISD
Santa Rosa ISD
Savoy ISD (New URL)
Schulenburg ISD (New URL)
Shamrock ISD (New URL)
Sierra Blanca ISD [DOC]
Sivells Bend ISD [DOC]
- Stats: 25 boys and no girls were paddled on at least one occasion at Smyer High School in 2011/12.
Snyder ISD (New URL)
Somerset ISD (this is a reinstatement following abolition in 2010)
- Stats: 10 boys and no girls received swats in 2011/12.
Southland ISD (New URL)
- Stats: 18 students (9b 9g) were spanked at the High School in school year 2011/12.
Southwest ISD, San Antonio (New URL)
Spur ISD (New URL)
- Stats: During 2000/01, 10 boys and no girls were paddled at Spur School. A decade later (the next time the district was surveyed) this had increased to 45 of the 146 boys and 14 of the 143 girls.
- Stats: During 2000/01, 35 students (mostly boys) received paddlings at Spurger High School. The school then put the paddle away, with no CP recorded the next two years surveyed, 2006/07 and 2011/12. The high school then reintroduced CP. Simply the availability of paddling had a salutary effect on student behavior. Although only two students were spanked during 2013/14, knowledge that the paddle had come back caused disciplinary incidents to plummet. During 2011/12, 28 students received ISS while 10 students received an out-of-school suspension. With the paddle back in use, during 2013/14, many fewer high school students misbehaved: only 13 students received ISS and only 4 students received an out-of-school suspension. For critics who argue that "spanking doesn't work," these statistics tell a different story.
- Stats: During 2011/12, 9 of the 114 boys, and no girls, were paddled at Stanton High School. Two years later this figure doubled to 17 boys (still no girls).
Sweet Home ISD [DOC]
- Stats: During 2004/05, no CP was recorded at Stratford High School. In 2011/12, the next year the district was surveyed, the paddle had been introduced and 8 of the 104 boys enrolled received swats.
Tahoka ISD [DOC] (New URL)
- Stats: During 2011/12, 7 boys and 2 girls were paddled at Taft High School. This increased to 9 boys and 4 girls in 2013/14.
- Stats: Tahoka High School saw an increase in CP for the boys, and an extension of CP to the girls. During 2011/12, 9 boys and no girls received swats. During 2013/14, spankings were provided to 18 boys and 4 girls.
Terrell County ISD
Texarkana ISD (Texas)
Texline ISD [DOC] New!
Union Hill ISD
- Stats: In 2011/12 at Union Hill High School, 12 boys and two girls were paddled on one or more occasions.
Valley Mills ISD (New URL)
Van Vleck ISD
- Stats: 32 boys and 7 girls received a spanking on one or more occasions at Venus High School in 2011/12.
Walnut Bend ISD [DOC]
Walnut Springs ISD New!
Wellington ISD (New URL)
Weslaco ISD [DOC]
West Hardin County CISD
West Oso ISD
Westphalia ISD (New URL)
West Rusk County CISD
Westwood ISD, Palestine (New URL)
Whiteface CISD (New URL)
- Stats: This is another Texas district to have recently decided that swats are especially appropriate for older teenage boys. During 2011/12, no CP was recorded at Wharton Elementary School, Wharton Junior High School, or Wharton High School. During 2013/14, no students were paddled at either the elementary or the junior high school. But Wharton High School brought back the paddle. In 2013/14, 27 male students in grades 9 through 12 (and no females) were spanked.
Whitehouse ISD (New URL)
White Oak ISD
White Settlement ISD
- Stats: 11 boys and 5 girls were paddled at Whiteface High School in 2011/12.
Wichita Falls ISD (New URL)
Wolfe City ISD
Yorktown ISD (New URL)
- Stats: During 2011/12, 47 boys and 11 girls at Zavalla High School were spanked on one or more occasions, out of a total student population of 221 boys and 227 girls.