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Which States Still Allow Teachers to Hit Your Kids? The Answer Will Surprise You

This map from Wikipedia uses red to indicate where corporal punishment is still allowed in the United States.

This map from Wikipedia uses red to show where corporal punishment is still allowed in the United States.

I don’t spank my own kids. Never have, never will. So I can’t fathom spanking someone else’s kids. And yet it happens every day all over the country: teachers paddle students.

I have to admit that fact kind of escaped me all this time. Corporal punishment just seems so, I don’t know … Like a scene from a movie featuring a strict Catholic school and an evil nun?

That’s why this article in The Huffington Post about a school district in Florida banning corporal punishment caught my eye. According to NWF Daily News, officials at the Santa Rosa County School District have decided to phase out teachers hitting students. It isn’t just the fact that they’re still hitting kids down in the Sunshine State that blows my mind, but the reason they’re deciding to do away with the archaic practice. It’s not because hitting children does more harm than good, that dozens of studies have proved this over the past decade, it’s because they want to protect teachers from liability issues.

As HuffPo notes, the 2013-2014 Santa Rosa Public School District Code Of Conduct defines corporal punishment as “the moderate use of physical force or physical contact by a Principal or Assistant Principal … to maintain discipline or to enforce rules.” Young kids can get get hit by a wooden paddle up to two times while older students face four blows.

Yep. Teachers are beating kids with wooden paddles.

What the?

Were you aware this is still going on all over America? I wasn’t. How can this still be happening? I was so shocked by this that I did a little research to find out how many states still allow corporal punishment. Turns out, in the 2005-2006 academic year, 19 states allowed the practice in schools. And according to FamilyEducation.com, the following is a breakdown of which states allow hitting students and which have banned corporal punishment:

Alabama–Legal
Alaska–Illegal
Arizona–Legal
Arkansas–Legal
California–Illegal
Colorado–Legal
Connecticut–Illegal
Delaware–Illegal
District of Columbia–Illegal
Florida–Legal
Georgia–Legal
Hawaii–Illegal
Idaho–Legal
Illinois–Illegal
Indiana–Legal
Iowa–Illegal
Kansas–Legal
Kentucky–Legal
Louisiana–Legal
Maine–Illegal
Maryland–Illegal
Massachusetts–Illegal
Michigan–Illegal
Minnesota–Illegal
Mississippi–Legal
Missouri–Legal
Montana–Illegal
Nebraska–Illegal
Nevada–Illegal
New Hampshire–Illegal
New Jersey–Illegal
New Mexico–Legal
New York–Illegal
North Carolina–Legal
North Dakota–Illegal
Ohio–Legal
Oklahoma–Legal
Oregon–Illegal
Pennsylvania–Illegal
Rhode Island–Illegal
South Carolina–Legal
South Dakota–Illegal
Tennessee–Legal
Texas–Legal
Utah–Illegal
Vermont–Illegal
Virginia–Illegal
Washington–Illegal
West Virginia–Illegal
Wisconsin–Illegal
Wyoming–Legal

 

According to The Huffington Post, the state where most kids are hit by educators is Texas followed by Mississippi. You can find more data on corporal punishment in the states here, including just how many thousands of children are hit each year. For more information on corporal punishment laws around the world you can visit stophitting.com.

Is corporal punishment allowed where you live? Do you think it works? If you live in a state where it’s banned, would you support its re-introduction into the classroom?

Image: wikipedia

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