Can you believe some states still allow Physical Punishment in schools? A bill to ban spanking children in schools was rejected in Louisiana with a vote of 61-34. New Orleans Representative Joe Bouie spoke in favor of the bill to ban spanking, but he was in the minority. Records show that 31 states have banned corporal punishment in schools because it has been determined that it just doesn't work.


It is hard to believe in this day and age that some school districts still believe in physical punishment. It is also hard to believe that the law allows students to be spanked, paddled while in school.

Officials say they want to keep that type of punishment in their schools.

They related that it is better to physically punish children during the school day rather than expelling or suspending them and sending them into the streets.

19 states

While people might be upset that Louisiana has voted to keep corporal punishment in all schools in the state, there is a total of 19 states that allow misbehaving children to be spanked or punished in some physical way. According to the Washington Post, states that still allow physical punishment include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. It is interesting that none on the list are northern states.

A child in school in any of the above 19 states can be spanked, paddled, hit, or whacked without getting in trouble with the law because that form of punishment is allowed sometimes to the point of bruising. Records show that on an average, one child is hit in public schools every 30 seconds somewhere in the United States.

By law, a child can be hit or spanked not only for misbehaving but for something as minor as being tardy.

A study was made about hitting students in school, and it was obvious that black students and students with disabilities are hit more than other students.

Schools vs. parents

It is unbelievable that schools are allowed to punish children when parents get in trouble for doing the same thing. Remember in 2014 when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made headlines for spanking his own child.

In fact, he was indicted on charges of child abuse.

Wouldn't you like to see all states ban corporal punishment in schools? How do you feel when you think of your little ones being hit by a school official?