The use of corporal punishment in North Carolina’s public schools continues to decrease, with students in six districts hit 184 times in the most recent school year, says a study released last week by a child-advocacy group.
Students in Robeson County are hit the most, representing 76 percent of the statewide total in the 2012-13 school year, Action for Children North Carolina said.
A spokeswoman for the Robeson County schools said someone would respond after reading the study.
In 2011-12, schools used corporal punishment 404 times, down from 891 instances the previous year. Two decades ago, almost all of the state’s 115 districts used corporal punishment.
A version of this article appeared in the October 16, 2013 edition of Education Week as Corporal Punishment Use Continues Decline in N.C.