Corporal Punishment – Does Your State Allow It In School?

Anthony Adams, Founder of published (May 5, 2010), this statistic, 223,190 Kids Legally Beaten in US Schools – 2006 -2207 School year. Using simple math, a child is beaten by an educator every 20 seconds of the school day. Every 4 minutes, a child is beaten so severely by an educator that the child is taken for medical attention. These statistics are from the U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights; Congressional Testimony.

Congress is holding hearings for the first time in over 18 years on the use of Corporal Punishment in U.S. Schools. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY) will introduce a bill to institute a federal ban of corporal punishment in all US Schools. [source: US Congressional Hearing]

Twenty U.S. states allow paddling/hitting Pre-school through high school students with a board, wooden paddle, belt or whip. Many states — Alaska, California, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Utah and Washington State — deploys Corporal Punishment in private schools even though it is banned in public schools.

Your support is needed to abolish this legalized child abuse in our schools which promotes more child abuse at home. Thirty states have banned this brutal and archaic practice. July 2009, Ohio Governor Ted Stricklan signed into law a measure to ban physical punishment in schools.

“In l979, Sweden became the first country to end all corporal punishment of children-[at home and school.] In the beginning, the Swedish government decided it was important to educate the public about the bad effects of corporal punishment and to help caretakers learn about effective alternatives. For countries that have not ended all corporal punishment of children, a no-hitting day is an opportunity for concerned organizations and individuals to promote positive discipline of children and to call for an end to corporal punishment.” Mali Nillson, Save the Children Sweden

Worldwide Ban on Physical Punishment:

Every industrialized country in the world now prohibits school corporal punishment, except the U.S. and Australia (Outback regions only). The following list shows the trend towards the elimination of corporal punishment in schools, dating back to the 1700’s

Year Country

Since Foundation** Iceland

1783 Poland

1820 Netherlands

1845 Luxembourg

1860 Italy

1867 Belgium

1870 Austria

1881 France

1890 Finland

1900 Japan

1917 Russia

1923 Turkey

1936 Norway

1949 China

1950 Portugal

1958 Sweden

1967 Denmark

1967 Cyprus

1970 Germany

1970 Switzerland

1982 Ireland

1983 Greece

1986 United Kingdom***

1990 New Zealand

1990 Namibia

1996 South Africa

1998 England*

1998 American Samoa

1999 Zimbabwe

2000 Zambia

2000 Thailand

2000 Trinidad and Tobago

2001 Kenya

2002 Fiji

2004 Canada

2006 South Africa

*This ban solidifies a ban imposed in 1986, extending the ban to ALL private schools.

**Iceland is the only country known to have banned corporal punishment during the country’s foundation. Hence, corporal punishment has never been legal.

*** Includes: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

More than 200 Texas children died from abuse or neglect in the past fiscal year, up 11% from the previous year and double the number from a decade earlier, according to the state Dept. of Family and Protective Services. The 2004 fatality rate, 3.3 per 100,000 Texas children is 65% higher than the national average of 1.98 per 100,000 from the federal Dept. of Health and Human services.

In fiscal 2003, Texas had 184 child fatalities related to abuse or neglect, in 1994 it was 102. Plano, TX School Board passed a ban on corporal punishment, 2006. Other districts in Texas have remained steadfast. In fiscal 2006 – 2007, 49,197, Texas children were physically punished in school. In fiscal, 2006 – 2007, 223,190 U.S. school children were physically punished.

“It’s important to get it [Corporal Punishment] off the books,” said Nadine Block, Director of the Center for Effective Discipline, a non-profit organization which provides information about effects of physical punishment and alternatives. “Even if corporal punishment is not used in practice, it is important to reflect that in policy, she said. Otherwise, practice could easily change with new administrators” (Dallas Morning News, January 16, 2006). For further information, contact

If your state allows paddling in school, I urge you to do what YOU can to pass a bill in your state to prevent legalized child abuse. See photo of paddled Texas school boy at

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD author, If I’d Only Known…Sexual Abuse in or out of the Family: A Guide to Prevention is noted for her pioneering work in verbal, physical and sexual abuse prevention and recovery.

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