School Climate & Safety Collection

A Persistent Practice

Corporal Punishment in U.S. Schools
School Climate & Safety A Closer Look at Corporal Punishment in the States
Education Week releases additional state-level analysis of civil rights data on corporal punishment in schools.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 1, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Video Consequences of Corporal Punishment: A School Paddling Victim Tells His Story
Nineteen-year-old Trey Clayton of Sarah, Miss., was just one of the tens of thousands of students paddled in schools in a given year. But, in his case, the consequences were especially harsh. His 2011 paddling led to serious injuries that caused him to miss weeks of school and important tests toward the end of his 8th grade year. He was held back that year and, ultimately, he dropped out of school. Education Week Video talked with Trey about his experience and his feelings now about corporal punishment in schools. Read more here: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/08/23/miss-mans-life-upended-by-8th-grade.html Education Week Video
August 24, 2016
3:08
Trey Clayton, 19, sits on his porch in Sarah, Miss. A school paddling in 2011 led to serious injuries for Clayton, who now says, “I do believe in discipline, but I believe there’s certain things you can take to prevent stuff like that happening.”
Trey Clayton, 19, sits on his porch in Sarah, Miss. A school paddling in 2011 led to serious injuries for Clayton, who now says, “I do believe in discipline, but I believe there’s certain things you can take to prevent stuff like that happening.”
Yalonda M. James for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Corporal Punishment Use Found in Schools in 21 States
More than 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in 2013-14, an Education Week analysis finds.
Sarah D. Sparks & Alex Harwin, August 23, 2016
9 min read
Independence High School, in Coldwater, Miss., temporarily halted its use of paddling after Clayton and another former student filed separate lawsuits against the district.
Independence High School, in Coldwater, Miss., temporarily halted its use of paddling after Clayton and another former student filed separate lawsuits against the district.
Yalonda M. James for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Miss. Man's Life Upended by 8th Grade Paddling
In 2011, given the choice between a paddling and a school suspension, Trey Clayton chose the physical punishment. He's sorry he did.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2016
5 min read
School Climate & Safety School Paddling Has Deep Roots
Efforts to ban corporal punishment get pushback in communities where the practice is ingrained, but change is happening.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2016
4 min read
School Climate & Safety Is Corporal Punishment an Option in Your State?
Twenty-nine states ban corporal punishment, but rules vary even from district to district. Some schools reported using physical discipline even when their states said no.
EdWeek Research Center, August 23, 2016
School & District Management Corporal Punishment: Inside the Education Week Analysis
In a new investigation, Education Week found more than 109,000 students experienced physical discipline in 2013-14. Here's how we approached the analysis.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2016
3 min read