Published Online: April 1, 2014
Published in Print: April 2, 2014, as Appeals Court Upholds Corporal Punishment

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Appeals Court Upholds Corporal Punishment

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A federal appeals court has rejected the lawsuit of a Mississippi 8th grader whose misbehavior led to a paddling by a school administrator. After the paddling, the student fainted and fell face first to the floor, breaking his jaw and five teeth, court papers say.

A three-judge panel in New Orleans was unmoved by the student's lawsuit. It ruled unanimously that it was bound by the U.S. Supreme Court's 1977 decision in Ingraham v. Wright, which upheld the constitutionality of corporal punishment in schools.

Vol. 33, Issue 27, Page 5

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