North Carolina State Board Takes Stand Against Corporal Punishment

Last Updated: May 30, 2013

This article appeared in the May 2013 Rural Policy Matters.

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The Tarheel State’s Board of Education has voted to discourage the use of corporal punishment in all schools. North Carolina has 115 school districts, nine of which continue the practice. Local districts retain authority to make the policy decision to use corporal punishment.

Last year, the number of incidents of corporal punishment in North Carolina was half that of the previous year as more districts opted out of the practice. American Indian students, less than two percent of the state’s student population, received 58% of corporal punishment; students with disabilities, young children, and males were also over-represented.

Opponents of this punishment point out that its practice is dying out and that states still allowing it are primarily in the South.

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