Teachers Allowed to Hit Students in 20 U.S. States

the 20 states allowing student hitting

The 20 States in red currently allow teachers to legally hit their misbehaving children

Most parents recognize that even in the most well-respected and established education institutions, their children will inevitably misbehave, which will subject them to punishment in accordance to the school’s disciplinary guidelines.

In fact, in most instances, parents, teachers and administrative professionals understand and agree that negative reinforcement is sometimes deemed necessary when disciplining a disruptive pupil. Most, however, envision a trip to the principal’s office or a missed after school activity an appropriate punishment.

One thing they probably don’t envision is a child being hit with a belt or wooden paddle as an appropriate punishment for misbehavior.

Americans have become outraged to find out that violence in schools is not being discouraged by the government, and that in 20 states across America, it is currently legal for teachers to hit their students.

Legal corporal punishment in schools, which allows the beatings for disciplinary reasons using a belt, strap or paddle, has parents surprised, especially after hearing the statistic that over 200,000 children were hit in school in 2007.

At a time when anti-bullying campaigns have swept the nation due to the influx of teen suicide as a result of peer-to-peer bullying, it is shocking that while physical abuse is illegal in prisons and medical institutions, it is legal in our children’s schools.

Are you surprised schools can use physical discipline? Do you agree with the 20 states who allow it?

24 Responses to “Teachers Allowed to Hit Students in 20 U.S. States”

  1. Mark Cousino says:

    I got my PTSD from being assaulted by teachers
    with wooden weapons at Sylvania Public schools 1968 -1978. I now collect $787. a month because the abuse on me by teachers.
    Sometimes the Bullies ARE the teachers.
    I hate that school today just as much I hated the schools when I was made to go get beat there as a child! This also taught me to hate everyone too. I hope the children the teachers BEAT give the LOVE right back to them!!!

  2. Mikayla says:

    Actually I live in Idaho and the teachers don’t hit students

  3. Lorielle says:

    Some of you people are Un-believable. If you only had a brain, you’d realize that no teacher would be hitting your kid for no reason. You are the only one who believes your kid is special like that. Guess what? Kids lie- most of the time to get their way -and are more manipulative than most adults. Growing up in the early 70’s, just the thought that some adult could beat your butt kept most of us in line. And, guess what? We didn’t die from it, we had respect for adults, we graduated from high school and college, no one bullied anyone else to the point of suicide and we are all better for it. Your kids on the other hand will lack respect, discipline, life-coping skills and grow up to think the world owes them something. Most of all, they will grow up to despise you for trying to be their friend and ‘buddy’ instead of their parents. Sooner or later, society will give them a reality check and their life stories will make great scripts for television shows like ‘Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU.’ As for me, I raised my son the right way, and he is now a successful pediatrician.

  4. Nate says:

    By our state law teachers and school administrators act as locus parentis “parents” for the child from the time they leave there house for school until the time they get home from school. Parents, teachers, school officials can punish children and use force for the discipline and support of the child’s welfare as long as it’s not obsessive, leaves welts, cigaretts burns you get my point. This act of paddling a child etc is legal in my state and I’m sure in several other states. There is a school system for teachers through evaluations, conferences, counseling, etc. Teachers with issues hitting kids when they shouldn’t for personal reasons such as alcoholism, domestic abuse, whatever should be jammed up and fired for it, but getting a paddling down at the principals office for discipline purposes, and for setting order in the minds of the child is most definitely worth it. In addition, tack on detention/suspension for same or subsequent offenses. For the parent who has an issue with school or teacher etc. disciplining there child, get over it, your the one raising the menace, somebody has to discipline them because you obviously won’t!

  5. Olivia Harris says:

    Teachers should not be able to hit their students for any reason at all. They should just suspend them or give them iss or a detention but a paddling will not always work because if you hit the student and they hit you back you can’t do anything about it because they had a right to. Paddling should not be legal in schools because the schools can and will be sued.

  6. Lisa says:

    How many teachers are required to pass a psychological exam or reveal serious mental illnesses before receiving a teaching certificate? Wake up America there are mentally ill teachers out there! Do you actually want them to be allowed to legally hit your children? In the school my child attends there is a teacher who suffers from bipolar disorder and has hit children. This teacher often behaves erratically and has told students of medication issues. I’m sure this isn’t the only teacher out there with mental health issues.

  7. Armando says:

    I believe that hitting a child is wrong, but for the right reason it should be allowed children do not care to go to the principals office anymore and are so ignorant and hard headed so i believe hitting the children is right but at a certain level not to get out of hand.

  8. Renee says:

    In these states, it should not be a surprise to parents. If they would read the student code of conduct that is given out at the beginning of school year, it states whether or not the school uses corporal punishment. Now they are not allowed to use this form of punishment on the child without permission from the parents. My children go to school in GA and at the beginning of the school ear the school send home paperwork for me to sign. Among that paperwork is a form that I sign either granting permission to the school to spank my child with a paddle, or telling them I would rather them call me if there is an incident so I can come to the school and punish the child in whatever way i feel is appropriate. So look into this further before making assumptions.

  9. kevin says:

    i will love my son to the end of the world but to hit the child is wrong you have to talk to your child let him know that doing bad is wrong and most of all if the child’s friends are bad talk to there parents invite rewards to the child only if good if you take away simple thing’s like the TV,phone,toys,going outside time,there favorite food,of walk past there favorite store little thing done everyday will guide the child to do better education but the parents can not be lazy at all just do it if the parents stop being lazy and teach there kids the kids will have a better future

  10. kevin says:

    ok yes i believe that kids need to be corrected but to hit them is wrong by all standerds put then the corner take away play time take them out side and make them run around for five minutes make them stay after school my son has bruises an his back and he is autistic so for that for sombody at school to hit him i’m not the parent that permits anybody touching my child for any reason at all my son is very well behaved at the home and in public very respectfull (I) daddy teaches him well without abuse abuse is not needed if you constantly talk to the child so i think that for me i’m going push the law and take that person to court to let the school know not to play with daddy

  11. wolf pup says:

    i think kids need to be punished but not hit maybe a detention or extra homework but not to be hit if you were a student and acted up would you want to be hit by someone no so if you don’t want someone to hit don’t hit them cause if a teacher hit it on like donkey Kong.

  12. rainbow22 says:

    What about alcoholic teachers. Some teachers are just plain abusive, due to many problems, addictions among them and they take it out on students. My daughter’s History High School teacher would take nips from his whiskey bottle that he hid in his desk…no…teachers should never be allowed to hit children

  13. Rebecca says:

    Like hell a teacher would hit my children. Number one in a lot of states a parent is not aloud to hit their child. It is against the law to spank them with an object. If I can’t no one else will. To the person who assumes the child behaves the same in school as they do at home, shame on you. I certainly hope you are not a teacher if you cannot identify that children act differently when their parents are not present especially with peers involved.

  14. A says:

    I don’t think it should be allowed. If a teacher hits you first then I think we should get the right to hit back. I mean that’s how I was taught, and for all you stupid teachers, how would you like it if your kid got hit? As a parent, probably not so much and if you’re not a parent then obviously you wouldn’t understand so look at it from their perspective.

  15. A STUDENT says:

    For those teachers above posting, put this in our perspective. I’m only 13 years old, turning 14 and even I know that even so much as touching someone can be charged as “Simple Assault”. I know this first hand because I touched my bus driver with a broom and had the police pull me out of school to tell me that I could be charged with that. That was just a touch, but paddling a kid? Obviously it isn’t beating but there are MUCH more civilized ways to deal with problems. Many of you have said that “going to the principal”, just isn’t enough to get the kids to change. That’s when you step it up a level and give them what’s necessary like detention, suspension, and if it’s bad enough EXPULTION. Touching a student is wrong but a student is just awful.

  16. jesse says:

    I think its a good thing our culture has become 2 liberal 2 the extent that children run the show and get and do whatever the want without consequence where’s tye America with a little backbone were when u did something wrong u we’re held accountable its called structure and as a product of a ypunger generation I sadly see us as weak and lazy and manipulative if you look at generations prior that had strict discipline you can see a more well rounded respectful person for the mostpart are parents and grandparents got spanked when they were kids and they turned out just fine in fact more than fine because it instilled principles it instilled morality it tought you that damnit if I’m gona mess up there’s gona b hell 2 pay and that’s how it should be these kids need dicipline in the great words of my uncle your young u’ll adjust

  17. Beanz says:

    ashlie……..shut up your messed up in the head u crazy crackhead

  18. ashlie says:

    yes!!!! kids these day need to be punished….somewhere. if they misbehave at school it means they do it at home and that means that the parents arnt doing their job and somebody else needs to do it for them!!!!!!!!!!! if you disciplined your kids theh schools wouldnt have to do it for you

  19. swaf says:

    If a teacher hit my kid I would hit them, I dont even care if its a chick or dude, What a bunch of crap!!

  20. Ashley says:

    As a teacher I agree with this. Going to the principal does not phase students..they do not care.

  21. Brittany says:

    Please…. this is making it sound like paddling a child is beating them. GET REAL. The reason why schools don’t do it anymore is because they leave it up to the county to decide on whether or not paddling should be in the schools. Unfortunately, the county I work for, doesn’t allow paddling in the schools. We aren’t saying BEAT the children but dang, sometimes they need a paddling!!!! Not to mention, it would only take one time for one child to be paddled and you wouldn’t have a single problem left in your class. All you’d have to do is glance over at that paddle and they’d hush right up. These kids are out of control and most parents tell them “Your teacher can’t do anything to you…” and they come to school with that attitude. Hello, we are teaching the future…. what is going on with these people?!?!?!?! Most of these children are so full or disresepect, it’s inconceivable. Some parents still have a grip on their children and THANK GOD for those parents!!!!

    I’m a teacher and you have NO IDEA what teachers have to go through during the day… and until you do, you shouldn’t have the right to have a say so. Raise your children right and they won’t need a paddling… therefore, you will have nothing to worry about!

  22. Savannah Design says:

    This is horrible, I had no idea schools still practiced this way. I hope this changes ASAP!

  23. Dirge says:

    Yes, lets stop discipline for our children. It’s bad enough school districts barely have enough money for materials and salaries for teachers but they have no recourse against disruptive students?

    The pussification of America is almost complete.

  24. Lavada Cook says:

    This is barbaric!!! How can something like this be allowed to continue? What is wrong with the parents and grandparents in those states? Maybe changes would be made if CNN did a feature story. Get national attention!!! Changes must be made!!!

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