9 States Where Kids Are Spanked in School: Is Yours on the List?

Did you know that some kids are still spanked in school? Yup, there are 19 states in the good ol’ US of A that still allow teachers to strike children for misbehavior, and thousands of kids are punished this way every year.

The latest data available is for the 2005-2006 school year, and while the trend has decreased significantly over the years, it’s reported that educators smacked 223,190 kids that year.

Here are the nine states where the most kids got hit in school during the the 2005-2006 school year.


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worki... workingmama86

All the southern states. Somehow that doesn't shock me!

adamat34 adamat34

Sometimes a crack onthe ass is what is needed....lots of us were spanked and.none of us are serial killers. Might lesson violence in schools if there were actual real consequences

Austi... Austinsmommy12

Proud to be a Georgia Peach! They're not all Southern...Oklahoma is definitely Midwestern and Texas is considered West as well. Didn't see any Yankees on here...wonder why 75% I talk to (daily, for my job) are abrupt, rude, arrogant, and entitled. Maybe this punishment needs to extend to New England and the other 31 states!

adamat34 adamat34

Austinsmommy...ohio here...and I fully support ass cracking.in schools!!!

lobus lobus

Yeah if someone else layed a hand on my child there would be assualt charges, I don't care what's written in the books.

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

I know that at least in Louisiana parents have to sign a waiver saying it's alright for their kid to be paddled as a punishment, so it's not like they're doing it whether the parents like it or not (and not all schools do it either, it's just allowed if the school chooses to implement it).

Nelli... NellieAthome

There is a big BIG difference between being spanked and being hit

nonmember avatar Maisy

My school district uses corporal punishment. It's not the teacher that administers the punishment, it's the principal. And when a child is to be paddled the parent is called for consent each time. I have seen children change behavior after only seeing the paddle, not even being touched by it. Teach your child manners and respect and it won't be an issue.

nonmember avatar kns

If your kid behaves it shouldn't matter should it? I personally don't spank but I also don't need to. My kids no I am serious but if a spanking was warranted I would. People are turning children in to wussy. It's all about feelings and making sure they are CODDLED their whole extents. Parents are afraid of their own children because people have let children become in control. Kids shouldn't be able to make certain decision they aren't capable of comprehending everything

Brittany Martin

I believe spanking is an archaic and ineffective and lazy way of "parenting". But even if I did believe in spanking- no one should ever do it besides the parent. Personally, I'd be beyond livid if a principal even asked permission and i would immediately remove my son from that school.

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