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Appeals Court Upholds Corporal Punishment

By Mark Walsh — April 01, 2014 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 02, 2014 edition of Education Week as Appeals Court Upholds Corporal Punishment

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