Kids are still being paddled in public schools in 20 states, including Georgia and African American students and children with disabilities are twice as likely to get a spanking.
That’s according to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) who brought the nationwide “Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act” before Congress last year. Elementary school children are also more likely to get paddled than high school kids.
New attention on the issue comes from Texas. Last month an advocacy group called The Hitting Stops Here rallied against corporal punishment in Texas public schools, according to KETK-TV. Click here to check out what people are saying during a call-in segment on KETK-TV in Austin.
States allowing corporal punishment include Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi and a full list can be found here.
As JJIE.org reported last summer, more than 28, 500 students were spanked as a form of discipline in Georgia public schools in 2008. According to reports from the Georgia Department of Education, corporal punishment was mostly used in rural counties and counties in the southern parts of the state.
Here’s what the report shows:
- Laurens County led the state with more than 2,400 getting paddled.
- Randolph County came in second with almost 1,600 students paddled.
- In counties surrounding Atlanta, including Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton, spanking was non-existent.