Most external links on this page are to documents in PDF format, so this is no longer indicated [PDF] separately for each document.
TEXAS: public school districts A to M
(1) "ISD" = Independent School District
(2) This section no longer mentions when handbooks state that parents may opt out of CP, since that is now Texas law for all public schools.
(3) Where paddling statistics are cited, they come from the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights online database, unless otherwise stated.
(4) Texas public CHARTER schools are deemed for CP purposes as private schools and listed on this separate page.
- Albany ISD
There is no box for parents to check whether or not they allow CP. Instead, those who object to it must take the trouble to write a separate letter. Corporal punishment is mentioned in particular as a penalty for using telecommunications devices without authorization.
- Alpine ISD
Parents who do not give permission for their student to be spanked must agree to pick him or her up within 30 minutes of being notified.
- Alto ISD
Stats: In 2000/01 and 2004/05, no students at Alto High School were spanked. The district was not included during the next two survey years, but in 2011/12 the paddle was back in use: 22 boys (and no girls) in grades 9 through 12 received swats on one or more occasions.
- Alvarado ISD
Standard Texas language in the pan-district policy document, now including a same-sex requirement for paddling.
The latest version of the secondary handbook sets out the corporal punishment policy at page 80. Students may be given a choice between a spanking and other disciplinary measures. Paddles "will not be generally displayed".
See also this March 2011 news item, stating that CP was used 107 times in the district in the 2009/10 school year, and that all parents are contacted before the discipline is administered.
In this May 2011 news item (with video clip), a recently paddled student aged 13 describes the procedure ("they bend you over a chair and they pop you twice"), and the superintendent observes that it is usually the student him- or herself who asks for CP rather than be put in the "alternative classroom". In the video, it is stated that most of the spanking in Alvarado ISD takes place in the senior high school.
This Sep 2012 news item (with video clip) adds that CP is not used at the elementary level in Alvarado. A senior who has been paddled on several occasions at the High School is quoted as saying "it does hurt pretty bad". Most paddlings are for relatively minor infractions such as being tardy, and "three pops" are usually offered in lieu of other punishment. The High School principal shows his paddle to the camera.
See also this Dec 2012 news item, which confirms that there is no CP at all at the elementary school.
Stats: At Alvarado Junior High School, in 2009/10, five boys and no girls were paddled, and during 2011/12, only two boys and no girls were paddled. The picture is different at the (senior) high school (grades 9 through 12). There, 60 boys, and no girls, were paddled on at least one occasion in 2009/10. It what appears now from several examples to be part of a growing trend in Texas, two years later spanking was extended to the high-school girls. In 2011/12, 73 boys and 31 girls received swats on one or more occasions.
- Amherst ISD
At the Junior High and High schools, the punishment for the fourth tardy in a semester is 1 swat. For the fifth tardy it is two swats, and for the 6th and 7th tardy it is three swats each time. The alternative in each case is detention. This policy was introduced in 2011/12.
Stats: During 2009/10, 15 boys and 5 girls were paddled on one or more occasion. Two years later, CP use increased substantially: 42 boys and 28 girls received paddlings, possibly due to the stricter tardy policy mentioned above.
See also this Nov 2014 news report mentioning that the district has an "annual CP rate" of 47%.
- Anahuac ISD
Opt-out system, with the onus firmly on the parents to sign and return the form every year if they wish their student not to be subject to paddling.
With effect from 2015 the Anahuac Athletic Department has decided to introduce stricter discipline in the form of "Corporal Punishment (POP -- Piece of Pine)" for all athletes (grades 7 through 12) who commit minor offenses (see pages 8 and 18). "We are incorporating corporal punishment into our program" ... "No athlete will receive more than 2 pops per day!"
Stats: See this Nov 2014 item, reporting that (before the new stricter policy was introduced) Anahuac ISD had an "annual CP rate" of 3%.
- Andrews ISD
The pan-district Board Policy document stipulates a same-sex requirement for CP.
The Education Center is an "Alternative" campus for grades 10 through 12, with especially strict rules. "Corporal punishment (paddling)" is one of the disciplinary consequences available.
At the Middle School, a second dress code violation attracts one day of detention or one swat; a third, two days or two swats. CP is also administered for the offense of chewing gum.
There is also a high-school handbook but it makes no mention of CP. This is also true of the handbook for the three elementary schools.
History: See this Dec 1987 news item about Andrews ISD adopting standard dimensions for its paddles.
- Anton ISD
At the junior high and high school, corporal punishment (number of swats not specified) may be provided for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th office referral for any offense as an alternative to varying amounts of Lunch Detention. "Corporal Punishment will be administered by the Principals or the Superintendent only." CP is no longer specifically mentioned as a consequence for bullying. Another alternative students may choose is "Character Course", which consists of physical activity. At elementary level, a fourth or fifth referral brings a choice of one swat or one day in ISS or Character Course.
- Aransas County ISD, Rockport-Fulton
A same-sex requirement here was introduced in 2011, but in 2014 the Superintendent said, "While I agree that it is best that a male administrator does not paddle a female student, I do not see a problem with a female administrator paddling a male student. Currently, Live Oak Learning Center administrators are all females and this is where the problem lies. Principal Rice has tried to work around the issue by calling the other campuses to get a male administrator to come to her campus and paddle her male students because the parents want their children paddled instead of being placed in ISS. This has not worked very well for Mrs. Rice because the Assistant Principals on the campuses are also busy and have not been able to accommodate her requests on many occasions." As a result, the board decided to abolish the same-sex requirement.
In athletics, the paddle may be used in minor cases of hazing or horseplay. In previous versions only male athletes could be so disciplined under this provision, but that restriction has been removed, and girl athletes may now be chastised too.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Rockport-Fulton High School during the first decade of this century (2000/01, 2006/07 and 2009/10 were the years surveyed). But in 2011/12, 10 boys and 2 girls received swats on one or more occasions.
- Athens ISD
The board policy was changed in 2013 so that only the witness, and no longer necessarily the person wielding the paddle, must be of the same sex as the student.
At South Athens Elementary, "The principal is responsible for determining that the adult who is administering the corporal punishment, whether it be himself/herself or another adult, is doing so in a respectful manner and without any emotional involvement".
The High School and Middle School handbooks say of CP, "Offering this method of punishment for substitution of other discipline consequences is at the discretion of the administrator".
See also this Sep 2013 news item about the change of policy mentioned above.
- Atlanta ISD
This is Atlanta in Texas, not the famous Atlanta, which is in Georgia.
"Possible corporal punishment with parental notification" is a consequence at steps 2 and 3 of the disciplinary guidelines.
The 2015/16 Campus Improvement Plan for the middle school says "when possible corporal punishment will be utilized to limit removals from class".
Stats: 12 boys and 2 girls received paddlings in 2011/12.
- Avery ISD
There is an opt-in/opt-out form at page vii. Parents wishing to opt out of CP must do so within ten days of the start of classes.
Stats: 13 boys and 2 girls were spanked at Avery High School in 2011/12.
- Avinger ISD
Corporal punishment may be applied for a first offense of truancy, smoking, public display of affection, or forgery; and for a second offense of minor classroom disruption, office referral from a substitute teacher, insubordination, defiance, horseplay, teasing, or being out of class without a pass. In most of these cases, the punishment is specified as 3 swats. This is a much longer list of spankable offenses than in earlier versions of the handbook.
- Baird ISD
This is unusual in that the parental form (p.9) states not that parents can sign it to opt their student out of CP, but rather that if they want to opt out they have to send a separate letter to the school, and the only effect of signing the form is to authorize paddling.
- Ballinger ISD
This school board in May 2015 deleted a same-sex requirement for the administration of CP.
Corporal punishment is a "disciplinary option" for level I, II and II offenses, but not level IV (the most serious).
It is also specifically mentioned in the Laptop Handbook as a penalty for a "Level I technology offense".
Students taking woodwork classes at the High School must sign the Shop Contract. On a third occasion of failing to follow the rules in the shop, a student will "receive a Zero and 2 Swats or Two weeks of Lunch Detention".
Stats: 13 boys and no girls received CP at Ballinger High School in 2011/12.
- Bandera ISD
The acknowledgement form reveals that corporal punishment is administered at the Middle School and High School only. Bandera is thus like Alvarado ISD, Salado ISD and Springtown ISD in that paddling is not used at the elementary schools.
- Bangs ISD
To discourage persistent misbehavior, this district assigns points for each office punishment, at the rate of one point per paddle swat or per day of ISS. When the student reaches 18 points in one semester, he/she is automatically placed in DAEP. For instance, "Student receives two (2) swats then two (2) points are assigned".
"In the Bangs Athletic Program, we believe in the effectiveness and efficiency of corporal punishment." Paddlings are delivered by the Athletic Director only. Foul language by athletes is dealt with by "Swats, Bear Crawls or Halo's".
- Banquete ISD [DOC]
In Athletics, paddling is described as one of the "Opportunities for Improvement" (OFI). See paragraphs 18 and 20 of the Athletic Handbook.
- Beaumont ISD
Here, a rule that the person carrying out the punishment must be of the same sex of the student was revoked in 2013.
Pathways Learning Center, for grades 6 through 12, is a DAEP or "sin bin" with strict rules, where corporal punishment is one of the consequences for poor behavior.
See also news items from Aug 2008 and May 2012. According to the latter report, the paddle was used 546 times in Beaumont schools in the first 9 months of 2011/12, for a total enrollment of 19,817. Of these spankings, 207 took place at South Park Middle School. The article also describes the two-swat chastisement of a 17-year-old footballer at Ozen High School by his coach for failing grades in fall 2011, a punishment the youth agreed had had the desired effect. It was one of 54 paddlings at this grade 9-12 school in the first nine months of the year.
See also this Nov 2014 news report (with video clip) stating that the new Superintendent of Beaumont ISD wanted to abolish CP. As of 2016-2017 that has evidently not happened.
(Below: Football at Ozen High School in 2012 -- Beaumont Enterprise website)
- Beckville ISD
"Teachers will have the option of administering corporal punishment" for Class I offenses. CP is not mentioned in respect of more serious violations. In grades 9 through 12, paddling is specifically provided for a fourth or fifth tardy as an alternative to lunch detention.
- Bellville ISD
Corporal punishment is available for Class D offenses (the least serious).
Stats: During 2011/12, 15 boys and no girls were paddled at the high school.
- Big Spring ISD
Two items are of interest in the package of forms. One, the student referral form, requiring the Administrator to enter for each paddling the number of swats and the name of the witness; this must also be signed by the parent. The other item is the student permission form, where parents whose students are NOT to be paddled must certify that "I agree to pick up my child within 30 minutes after I have been called". This form has to be signed by the student as well as the parent.
For student athletes, "the Athletic Director has discretion to assess penalties [...] including corporal punishment, physical conditioning, suspension, and/or removal from the athletic program".
At the Junior High School, "swats" (no quantity specified; in earlier versions it was one, two or three) are the penalty for the fourth, fifth and sixth tardy in a semester. The alternative in each case is afternoon detention.
The (senior) High School does not offer an explicit paddling option for tardies, but does permit CP in general.
At Moss Elementary, "Corporal discipline shall be administered in the principal's office". An unusual provision is that it "shall not be administered for lack of quality or quantity of school work performed unless the parent, teacher, and principal have agreed that such action would be in the best interest of the child".
Stats: 66 male and 15 female students received at least one spanking at the (senior) High School in school year 2011/12.
- Bloomburg ISD
There is a Discipline Management Plan. At Step Three ("referral to principal") and any subsequent steps, CP "can also be considered" instead of escalating amounts of ISS, suspension or DAEP. This reference to a paddling option was new in 2014.
- Blue Ridge ISD
At the Elementary School, specific parental consent is needed before a student is paddled. This is not the case at the High School.
Sports coaches may use CP as a discipline option in the athletic program, but the athlete him- or herself, as well as the parent, may request an alternative punishment, so student-athletes are never spanked against their will. However, "Any athlete receiving ISS on the day of an athletic competition is ineligible to participate in that competition", and "An athlete receiving ISS on the days prior to an athletic competition is subject to loss of playing time based on the head coach's discretion", so there is a strong incentive to opt for the paddling if offered, rather than ISS.
Stats: During 2011/12, nine boys and two girls received one or more paddlings at Blue Ridge High School.
- Blum ISD
Corporal punishment here is no longer confined to the least serious offenses.
See also these minutes of a School Board meeting (Dec 2011) at which it was decided to rescind previous language requiring the person administering CP to be of the same sex as the student, so now lady teachers may spank boys and male teachers may spank girls.
See also this Dec 2006 news item about the "sting of the football coach's paddle".
- Boling ISD (New URL)
CP is listed #3 under Level I Disciplinary Options, #1 under Level II Disciplinary Options, and #2 under Level III. In all cases, "one or more consequences may be used for each offense".
Stats: 51 boys and no girls were paddled at Boling High School (grades 9 through 12) in 2011/12, an increase from 35 boys and no girls in 2000/01.
- Bovina ISD
In January 2015 this district abolished its same-sex requirement for paddling.
Stats: No Bovina High School students were paddled during 2009/10. Two years later the paddle was in use, with 10 students receiving swats on at least one occasion at BHS.
- Brazosport ISD (covers Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Richwood)
Here, the student being disciplined is invited to say if there is any "family or medical" reason why he/she should not be paddled.
- Bremond ISD
This district has a maximum "at any one time" of three swats, though unusually here they are called "strikes". CP is an option for Level I and Level II offenses.
- Brenham ISD
The board policy stipulates a "maximum of three licks at any one time".
The High School campus improvement plan 2013/14 notes that paddlings increased to 132 from 110 the previous year, and that "students are gaining an understanding of discipline expected at BHS".
See also this 2005 local news item quoting the district's Assistant Superintendent as saying that "corporal punishment is effective. I think it is a great deterrent for a lot of students".
See also, as regards Alton Elementary School, this Feb 2009 news item.
- Bridgeport ISD
Standard language, but what is interesting is that this district explicitly abolished CP in 2011. Paddling was reintroduced at the Middle School in 2013, and at the High School in 2015.
- Brookeland ISD (click on "Students & Families" then on "Campus Life" then "Student Handbook - Secondary")
A most unusual provision at the High School and Junior High: "If a parent has signed a waiver of corporal punishment, then that parent may be required to come to the school within a reasonable timeframe to administer the corporal punishment personally". For a third referral of a Level I offense (tardy, dress code, etc.) the stated consequence is "3 pops or 3 after-school detentions".
Stats: No paddlings were recorded in 2000/01. The next time the district was surveyed, for the 2011/12 school year, 15 boys and 4 girls received spankings on one or more occasions.
- Brooks County ISD, Falfurrias
Unusually for Texas, at the High School, CP may be administered by an ordinary teacher and the witness need only be another professional employee, not necessarily an administrator.
At the Junior High, more typically, paddling has to be applied by the principal or designee. "It is our administrative policy to allow parents to request their child be suspended instead. Should a parent choose this option, their child would receive one day of suspension for each swat they would have received as a consequence for their behavior. The child would also suffer the academic ramification associated with an unexcused absence as well."
- Brownsboro ISD
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district board policy document.
"1 day ISS or 2 swats" is the penalty at the High School (grades 9-12) for a fifth minor discipline violation.
- Brownwood ISD
In 2004 this district reintroduced paddling after a lapse of 8 years. It is "used at the discretion of the campus principal" for level II or III offenses but not levels I, IV, V or VI. Parental permission is required.
See also this March 2011 newsletter, reporting an increase in the use of paddling at Brownwood and a sharp fall in disciplinary incidents from 663 to 313.
See also this Feb 2012 news item referring to Brownwood High School.
- Bruceville-Eddy ISD
A strange policy here. "Students, with parent permission, may choose to exchange two swats for BEC or Saturday School one time per YEAR. No student will be given swats twice in the same YEAR." BEC is the local name for in-school suspension. This is the high-school handbook; the junior high school uses identical language.
- Bryson ISD [DOC]
Students who are exempted from CP by parental waiver may be put in DAEP placement instead. "Unacceptable behavior" incurs a choice of one paddle swat or one day's detention; the same goes for dress-code violations. For "failure to follow a directive" the choice is two swats or two days' detention. "Serious or persistent unacceptable behavior" and "unacceptable language" both bring a choice of 2 swats and one day, or 3 days' detention. There is also a complicated disciplinary points system. "If points are assigned, the student will be advised of any point(s) assigned, updated on their overall point total, and given the choice to serve detention or receive corporal punishment for the infraction."
- Buffalo ISD
This is Buffalo in Texas, not the famous Buffalo, which is in New York State.
At the High School, CP may be used for Level I offenses, including "minor disruptions" (tardy, chewing gum, out of seat), violation of class rules, and public display of affection; and for Level II offenses including persistent Level I offenses, disrespect, cheating, being in a non-designated area without permission (parking lot, wrong building), profanity, etc.
Stats: In 2011/12, paddlings were administered to 25 boys and 6 girls on one or more occasions at Buffalo High School.
- Buna ISD -- Board Policy
The pan-district Student Handbook says that CP is one of the possible consequences of misbehavior.
In athletics, corporal punishment is one of the discipline techniques that coaches may provide to team members.
See also this May 2012 news item, noting there were 93 paddlings at Buna schools in the first 9 months of 2011/12; and see this Nov 2014 news item.
- Burkeville ISD
This district had a same-same requirement for CP, but abolished it in 2013.
At the Junior/Senior High School, CP is "sometimes necessary" and is to be delivered by the principal only. Paddling may also be applied for misconduct on the school bus, in addition to a period of suspension from the bus.
- Calallen ISD, Corpus Christi
The High School has newly introduced corporal punishment in its handbook for the 2015/16 school year. There was no mention of CP for grades 9 through 12 in earlier versions. At the same time, the district formally adopted an "opt-in" policy for CP as part of its board policy, rather than the more common "out-out" system. It also rescinded an earlier same-sex guideline, so that an administrator may now paddle a student of the opposite sex.
See also this Feb 2011 news item, according to which Calallen ISD was already using the opt-in method in practice.
Stats: During 2000/01, 2004/05, 2009/10 and 2011/12 (the only years surveyed), Calallen High School gave no paddlings. So this is another Texas high school that has decided to provide a spanking option for the first time in many years.
- Calhoun County ISD (covers Port Lavaca, Port O'Connor, Seadrift)
"Corporal punishment is a disciplinary technique that is very effective for some children."
There used to be a separate handbook for Calhoun High (grades 9-12), spelling out that students are offered a spanking in lieu of detention or ISS and encouraging parents to allow this. That language now seems to have disappeared.
- Callisburg ISD
This handbook now specifies that "Level I offenses will most often result in a warning, corporal punishment or a detention". Also new is a special policy for a first cell phone violation: "Student's phone will be taken to office where the student may choose one of the following options: Pay $15.00 fine, 2 Swats, or phone will remain locked up for 72 hours".
Members of sports teams must sign their acceptance of the Athletic Handbook and its discipline techniques, one of which is corporal punishment.
- Calvert ISD
Students may be paddled for a third, fourth or fifth tardy.
Members of sports teams placed in ISS or DAEP "can expect discipline that may include corporal punishment".
Stats: During 2000/01, five boys and no girls were paddled at Calvert High School. By 2011/12 this had increased to 36 boys and 12 girls.
See also this Nov 2014 news item, according to which 31% of the students in the district were officially spanked in 2011/12.
- Cameron ISD
At the Junior High School, paddling may be applied for Category 2 and 3 offenses, but not for Category 1 (the least serious) or 4 (the most serious).
A (senior) High School student in a representative position who receives a spanking or ISS or suspension loses his or her position. A "clean discipline record" including "no swats" is one of the conditions for exemption from certain exams.
The Handbook Receipt Form says there is a maximum of three swats per paddling.
- Canton ISD
CP may be used for minor and intermediate offenses. Students may also be paddled for "Failure to accept or adhere to prescribed punishments."
At the High School, in sharp contrast to policy at many other Texas schools, "Students may not choose corporal punishment in lieu of detention time".
- Carthage ISD
At the High School, corporal punishment may be substituted for detention. This applies in particular to a fifth or sixth tardy, and was new in 2012.
Stats: During 2011/12 at Carthage High School, 52 boys and 4 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions.
- Castleberry ISD, Fort Worth/River Oaks
In this suburban district, corporal punishment is a consequences for Level I and II misbehaviors, but not Levels III or IV (the most serious). Parents wishing CP not to be used must so notify the principal in writing within ten school days of receiving the document. No pro forma is provided for this purpose.
Stats: This Nov 2014 news report mentions that the district has an annual "CP rate" of 27% overall. At Castleberry High School in 2011/12 the figure was 83%, one of the highest rates in Texas, while at Reach High School it was 42%.
The statistics reveal that this district is another recent convert to the use of corporal punishment. At Castleberry High, no students were paddled during 2000/01 or 2009/10. In 2009/10, 125 boys and 75 girls were assigned to in-school suspension. The school then introduced the paddle, and ISS assignments were eliminated. During 2011/12, 351 boys and 327 girls were paddled on one or more occasions, out of a total school enrollment that year of 400 boys and 405 girls.
We can thus take it that most of the students seen in this Castleberry High School End of Year Movie 2014 will have been spanked at some point during the year.
At the tiny Reach High, an alternative school, no students were paddled during 2009/10. Corporal punishment was then introduced, and 10 boys and 7 girls received one or more paddlings during 2011/12, out of a student enrollment that year of 21 boys and 19 girls.
- Cayuga ISD (New URL)
Paddling here may be used for Level I and II offenses, but is not mentioned for the most serious ones. There is a maximum of three swats per paddling.
At the High School and Middle School, the spanking must be done in the presence of the principal or designee.
At the Middle School, CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for a fifth tardy per six-week period.
- Celina CISD
In a provision that was new in 2014/15, "One day of ISS is equivalent to 3 licks per admin approval." This is the High School handbook; the Junior High has identical language. Other campuses in the district merely state that CP is available.
- Center Point ISD
"Students should be offered an alternate disciplinary consequence when faced with option of swats." The student shall "be afforded an opportunity to explain his or her actions before corporal punishment is administered".
Stats: Eleven boys and two girls were paddled at Center Point High School during 2011/12, an increase from zero the last time the district was surveyed, 2000/01.
- Central Heights ISD, Nacogdoches
Corporal punishment is administered by the principal or assistant principal. For students at all levels (PK through 12), the Level I Corrective Actions list proceeds as follows: "Warned and returned to class, Assigned 1 swat and returned to class, Assigned 2 swats and returned to class," but "ISS may be substituted for swats upon the written request of a parent." Level I offenses include sleeping in class, cell phones, loitering before or after school, and failure to complete assignments.
Level II Corrective Actions (disrespect, stealing, profanity, cheating, skipping class) proceed as follows: "Probation, 2-3 swats and returned to class, Assign 2 or more detentions," etc. For Level III (assault, fighting, arson, alcohol) the penalties are one or more of: "swats, ISS, suspension, AEP placement," etc.
There are special penalties for being tardy to class. In grades 6 through 8, a fifth tardy "will result in 1 day ISS or 2 pops". In grades 9 through 12 it is a fourth tardy that attracts "1 day ISS (swats optional)". (This school system is unusual in referring to strokes with the paddle as both "swats" and "pops" indiscriminately.)
For dress and grooming code violations in all grades, the fourth and subsequent offenses incur "1 day ISS or 2 swats". For boys, this includes having any kind of facial hair.
At the Middle and High Schools, a student who receives a zero on an assignment for the fourth time in six weeks receives "1 Day ISS or 2 Pops with Parental Consent Form", a surely quite rare case of paddling being used to punish academic failure.
Another unusual provision is that "Any refusal of corrective actions will result in the student being sent home until he/she returns with a parent and takes the assigned corrective actions", so unless a parent has opted his/her student out of CP, the parent and student will come to school together and the student must accept the spanking.
- Channing ISD New!
Here, corporal punishment "may be administered only by the principal or superintendent".
- Chapel Hill ISD -- Titus County, Mount Pleasant (New URL)
Not to be confused with the Chapel Hill ISD based in Tyler (see next entry).
At the High School, "Swats or ISS" are the penalty for a fourth and subsequent tardy, to class or to school, in each nine-week period.
- Chapel Hill ISD -- Smith County, Tyler
Not to be confused with the Chapel Hill based in Mount Pleasant (see previous entry).
"When corporal punishment is administered as a substitute for SAC, three (3) swats are given for one day of SAC. No more than one (1) day can be substituted." However, at the High School, CP is not the normal choice of the administration: "the principal will administer it only upon special request of the parent or the student".
Somewhat in line with that, on the parental form on page 6, both a parent and the student him- or herself must sign to either object or not object to "corporal punishment (spanking)".
See also this Apr 2009 news item.
- Chico ISD
"Students will typically be assigned detention, In-School Suspension, and Saturday School or swats for repeated tardiness." This specific mention of CP for being late was new in 2013/14.
Stats: In school year 2011/2012, CP was provided to 86 boys and 30 girls. Of these students, 30 (of whom 28 boys) were at the High School, an increase from zero in several earlier years since the turn of the century, so this was a de facto reintroduction of paddling in grades 9 through 12.
- Childress ISD
This is another district that in 2012 decided to revoke a same-sex paddling requirement.
At the High School, corporal punishment is a penalty for Level II and III offenses, but not for the most minor or the most serious.
The Junior High provides that "After 10 tardies, the student will receive corporal punishment or spend one day in In School Suspension".
- Chilton ISD
This pan-district handbook requires both a parent and the student to sign the acknowledgement form on page 85, stating that they "understand that students ... will be subject to the disciplinary consequences including corporal punishment". A separate written statement must be sent if the parent objects to CP. Students who are tardy may be paddled. The Code of Conduct Addendum specifies that CP is a possible consequence of Level Three offenses (relatively serious but not the most serious).
- Cisco ISD [DOC]
Paddling may be given for a Level II or Level III offense. It is also one of the penalties for failure to show up for lunch detention.
- Clarendon CISD
The handbook for high-school staff has this unusual text:
"Teachers are not to use a paddle as an instrument for fun. At no time are paddles to be used for birthday licks with or without the student's permission. Paddles are to be used only as an instrument of discipline. ALL PADDLES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR."
- Clyde ISD
Parents thinking of exempting their son or daughter from corporal punishment are warned that, in that event, "the Principal's options for disciplinary consequences are more limited. This choice may result in an ISS or a DAEP placement". Only the Principal or Assistant Principal may paddle.
Stats: In 2011/12 at the High School, 17 boys and no girls were spanked. Nine boys and 2 girls received CP at the Junior High.
- Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD, Coldspring
A previous same-sex requirement here was revoked in March 2014.
The Code of Conduct provides that, in grades K-5, ISS may be replaced with "Corporal punishment administered by the parent under the supervision of the campus administrator in the administrator's office".
The punishments laid down for misbehaving athletes include "Corporal Punishment or Flipping Tires".
Stats: In 2011/12, 48 boys and 26 girls received a paddling on at least one occasion, out of a total enrollment of 539, giving an "annual CP rate" of 14%.
- Collinsville ISD (New URL)
The high-school Band Handbook states: "Band discipline is extremely important. By the time students reach junior high and high school, class time should not and will not be taken to teach them proper behavior". Instead, band members who fail to comply with the list of rules receive detention, grade reduction and/or corporal punishment.
- Columbia-Brazoria ISD [DOC]
CP is mentioned in general, and also in particular as a penalty for repeated dress code violations. This is the handbook for Columbia High School (grades 9 through 12), but other schools in the district have similar language.
Stats: Paddling had fallen into disuse by 2009/10 but has since resumed: 12 students were disciplined corporally in school year 2011/12, ten of them at the senior High School.
- Columbus ISD
This is one of many Texas districts where the use of CP has increased in recent times: 135 students were paddled here in year 2011/12, up from 55 in 2006.
At the Junior High, "3 swats" plus two days' ISS, as an alternative to 5 days' ISS with no swats, is the minimum penalty for fighting.
- Coolidge ISD
This district has a maximum of three swats per spanking. CP is available for Level 2 and Level 3 offenses.
Stats: During 2011/12, at Coolidge High School, 12 boys and 2 girls were paddled on one or more occasions.
- Cooper ISD
The elementary school now just gives standard Texas language about "spanking or paddling the student".
At the secondary level, parents are notified beforehand, "and agree to the paddling". "A parent may request that licks be administered to his/her student." On the other hand, "Consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance filed by a parent".
The consequence for a third or fourth tardy is "detention or swats". One of the persons who may administer or witness corporal punishment is the Athletic Director.
The provisions for dealing with students who get into fights are very unusual. When students are caught fighting, law enforcement is contacted and "a police officer will escort the students to the police station". They will not return to school that day, while the principal contacts the parents. The students have to appear before the Justice of the Peace, who hears their case and determines the outcome. The student him- or herself "will have the choice of swats or ISS". This is the first time I have seen a school involve the outside authorities in the process for awarding corporal punishment.
- Corrigan-Camden ISD
Corporal punishment features at steps 2 and 3 of the Eight-Step Discipline Plan, which was new in 2014. Parents wishing exemption from paddling must so state in writing "within the first ten days of classes" every year.
Stats: At the High School, no student received corporal punishment during 2006/07. Five years later, the paddle was back in use: in 2011/12, 45 boys and 8 girls were spanked on one or more occasion.
- Corsicana ISD
Parents not wishing their student to receive CP must agree to accept ISS or OSS instead, and must "maintain a current phone number [...] so school officials can contact parents immediately in case such an incident takes place".
At the High School, the paddle may be applied for a third or subsequent dress code violation.
See also this June 2008 news report about a controversy over the spanking of a high-school girl for a dress code violation.
Stats: In 2011/12, 287 boys and 187 girls at Corsicana High School received a paddling on one or more occasions.
- Crane ISD
This district had a new tardy policy in 2014/15 that was not in earlier versions, "to help students in their efforts to be in class, on time, and ready to receive instruction". To this end, a fifth or sixth tardy per semester now results in 1 hour's after-school detention (ASD) or one paddle swat. For a 7th or 8th tardy the penalty is 2 hours' ASD or two swats. The 9th and 10th tardies bring one day in ISS or two swats. It appears that this change heralded a de facto reintroduction of paddling, since the district recorded none in recent years.
Parents wishing exemption from CP for their student must now write their own letter; there is no box to check on the handbook acknowledgement form.
- Cranfills Gap ISD [DOC] New!
Students who accumulate 18 demerit points are placed in alternative school ("DAEP") for six weeks. Each spanking of two swats or each 2 days of ISS (etc.) counts for 2 points.
- Crawford ISD (New URL)
"Two hours in Saturday School or 2 swats" is the punishment here for a third offense per semester of violating classroom or campus rules, or for a third tardy. Also, disobeying the rules while in in-school suspension (ISS) "may result in swats, extra days, or both".
- Crockett County CCSD, Ozona
Corporal punishment comes at step 5 or 6 of the disciplinary process. It is specifically mentioned as a possible consequence of a second cell-phone offense.
According to this advertisement in a local newspaper (Aug 2015), the CP ceremony must be performed in the principal's office.
Informed sources report that, if a student at Ozona High School wants to get out of ISS, he/she has to accept a spanking every morning of the assigned ISS days he/she wants to avoid.
- Crosbyton CISD [DOC]
In October 2012 a same-sex guideline for CP was abolished.
For 2015, Crosbyton has introduced paddling for tardiness at the secondary level. Previously a 5th or 6th tardy brought three days of ISS. Now the penalty is a choice of 2 days' ISS or 2 swats.
- Cross Roads ISD, Malakoff
Corporal punishment may be used for Level I and Level II offenses, but is not mentioned for more serious ones.
- Cuero ISD
Paddling may be used for level II (but not level I -- the least serious) offenses, where it counts as equivalent to an administrative detention. CP is also available for level III offenses with parental consent. There is a same-sex requirement from grade 4 upwards.
- Culberson County-Allamoore ISD
Parental permission is required before CP is used.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Van High School in 2004/05 or 2009/10, but 14 students (7b 7g) received swats in 2011/12.
- Cushing ISD
Here, the paddling must be witnessed by "one other district professional employee or adult staff member", so it could be a secretary rather than necessarily a teacher.
The Code of Conduct specifies that "swats" may be administered for offenses at level 1 or level 2 but not levels 3 or 4. "Any refusal of corrective actions will result in the student being sent home until he/she returns with a parent and takes the assigned corrective action."
"Corporal Punishment (Swats)" is newly added in athletics; there was no mention of it in the 2011/12 Athletic Handbook. "Failure to accept this [discipline] on the part of the athlete or parent/guardian may result in dismissal from the team."
- Dalhart ISD
Dalhart High states that "Students depend on adults for discipline as they seek to bring order to their lives. [...] When a student is sent to the office, disciplinary action will be taken. If a student fails to go to the office when sent, the student will be subject to severe disciplinary action". The principal will attempt to contact the parent before the paddle is used. Students may refuse to be spanked if they "accept other such discipline management techniques as the principal or designee may assign". The Junior High School has identical language.
There is similar wording at XIT (an alternative "second chance" high school), but also this: "As a matter of administrative practice, the principal or designee will attempt to notify the parent/guardian of the (minor) student prior to the application of corporal punishment. For purpose of this statement, a minor student is defined as a student less than eighteen years of age." This appears to mean that, when over-18s are paddled (as is not uncommon in Texas high schools), there is no requirement for parental consent.
- Danbury ISD
The Danbury middle and high schools stated in 2012, 2013 and 2014 that CP was not used. But now the paddle is back (standard Texas language).
- Dawson ISD
This is the Dawson ISD in the town of Dawson. Ludicrously, there is another Dawson ISD in Texas, covering Dawson County and based in the town of Welch.
This district abolished a same-sex requirement for CP in 2012.
At the High School, 10 tardies in a semester incur ISS or corporal punishment. "Corporal Punishment will only be administered for limited number of occurrences and at principal's discretion".
The student registration form for the High Schools requires the parent to sign off on the CP rules but does not provide a space for objecting to CP; the parents must take the initiative every year of writing a separate letter to do so. Interestingly, this is not true of the equivalent form for the elementary level. One might conclude that the district is more concerned about having paddling available for the older students (by making opting out a chore) than it is for the younger students.
- Dayton ISD
This is Dayton in Texas, not the famous Dayton, which is in Ohio. Swats with the paddle here are called "pops". "One to 3 pops may be substituted, at the administrator's discretion, for one day of ASD [after-school detention] or Saturday School. These pops must be taken before the detention is to be served and can only be substituted for days at the end of the list of days."
Stats: 90 students were paddled at Dayton High School (grades 9 through 12) during 2000/01, but subsequently CP was abandoned. No students were paddled in 2006/07 or 2009/10. By 2011/12, the paddle had made a comeback: 65 boys and 8 girls received "pops" on one or more occasions.
See also these minutes from July 2014 in which the Dayton board decided to retain the option of CP.
- DeKalb ISD
Board policy includes a same-sex requirement for CP, but only in grades 5 through 12.
At the High School, paddling may be used for Level 2 (intermediate) offenses and, since 2013, for Level 1 (minor) offenses also, so the scope for CP has been extended. The form on which parents are invited to say either yes or no to corporal punishment is to be signed also by the student; this was new in 2012.
- Denver City ISD
This is Denver City in Texas, not the famous Denver, which is in Colorado.
There is no mention of CP in the elementary grades.
In grades 6 through 8, for level I offenses (the least serious, including tardies), the first three offenses per semester incur detentions; for the fourth offense, "One to three days of in-school suspension with administrator option of three detentions assigned or swats administered". All level II offenses (truancy, tobacco) for this age group "result in an office visit and punishment", starting at the 4th level-I step, i.e. with the possibility of a paddling from the first offense.
But in grades 9 through 12, "One to three detentions assigned or swats administered" is the penalty right from the first offense, even for level I offenses. The same applies for the second and third offense. On the fourth, it is "One to three days of in-school suspension with administrator option of three detentions assigned or swats administered", as in the lower grades. So in the senior high school, CP comes into play at a much lower level of offending than is the case for younger students.
The handbook acknowledgement form has the unusual phrase "My child and I agree to corporal punishment", yes or no. The student has to sign this as well as the parent.
- DeSoto ISD (New URL)
Corporal punishment is listed here as an Administrative Discipline Technique for grades Pre K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 (in other words, everybody) for "minor", "moderate" or "major" offenses, but not "severe" ones. CP is mentioned in particular as a consequence for a second dress code violation. The paddle must be approved by the principal. It is not used without parental consent, and at the end of the book is a form on which parents can state whether or not they agree to CP.
Stats: 117 students received paddlings here in 2011/12. But this Sep 2014 news item notes that this figure increased to 227 students in 2013/14, or almost double. So not all CP trends are downwards.
See also this May 2009 news item (with video clip).
- Detroit ISD
This is Detroit in Texas, not the famous Detroit, which is in Michigan.
The new version of this handbook no longer specifies the number of swats that may be given for particular offenses; it merely states that CP is one of the punishments used.
See also this Nov 2006 news item about two boys given a three-lick spanking by the principal at Detroit Middle School, with their parents' approval, for viewing pornography.
- Deweyville ISD
This is one of many Texas districts to have resuscitated the paddle recently after having allowed it to fall into desuetude. 36 boys and 2 girls at Deweyville High School were officially spanked on one or more occasions during 2011/12. In 2004/05 and 2006/07, no CP had been recorded.
- Diboll ISD
At the junior and senior High Schools, minor (level I) offenses "will most often result in a warning, corporal punishment or a detention". CP is not mentioned in connection with more serious violations.
Parents signing the CP exemption form state that "I am aware
that this is an approved discipline option that may be used with other students that my child will not have".
All athletes in grades 7 through 12 "are subject to every one of ... the disciplinary measures that we use ... which includes [sic] ... Corporal punishment (POP – Piece of Pine)".
Mrs Kaemmerling's classroom rules at the High School state that the first penalty for insubordination is "Two pops".
Stats: In 2000/01, 90 boys and 35 girls were spanked at Diboll High School on one or more occasions. The next year surveyed was 2011/12. By that time the number of paddlings was twice as high for the boys (188), but 340% higher for the girls (119). An example of a Texas high school starting to treat the sexes more equitably when it comes to spanking.
- Dilley ISD
This board policy stipulates, unusually, that if the principal is unavailable to administer corporal punishment, it must be carried out by "an employee who is certified as an administrator and who is currently employed in an administrator capacity".
- Dime Box ISD Board Policy
The board policy contains unusual wording: "Corporal punishment shall be administered only by the principal. If the principal is male and the student a female, the principal shall designate another employee who is the same sex as the student." So female principals can spank boys, but not vice versa. CP is allowed only when parents have specifically authorized its use.
- Dimmitt ISD
Dimmitt High School has had a convoluted demerit system since 2012. Corporal punishment is offered for offenses at Level I (together with 3 demerits) and Level II (6 demerits). If enough demerits mount up, the student gets detention or ISS in addition to the paddling or other punishment for the original offenses.
- Dodd City ISD
This district makes it explicit that, in grades 7 through 12, students may choose a spanking in lieu of any of steps 1 through 8 of the 10-step discipline ladder, which otherwise involves progressively increasing amounts of detention and then ISS. This option is apparently not offered in grades 1 through 6, where CP is not specifically mentioned.
- Donna ISD
At Veterans, "1-3 days of ISS or 1 swat" is given upon a fifth office referral for a minor offense, and "3-5 days of ISS or 2 swats" for a sixth. Similar sanctions are provided for a fourth and fifth case of truancy or excessive tardiness. Other possibilities include one swat for a third offense of display of affection, or for a second or subsequent offense of skipping class; two swats for a second case of graffiti or a third case of electronic devices; and so on. In no case is a paddling of more than two swats specifically mentioned.
- Dumas ISD
High-school students who are tardy a third or subsequent time per semester are required to serve one 2-hour D-Hall or receive two paddle swats. D-Hall must be served the day of the tardy. If a student fails to show up for D-Hall, he/she will be spanked the following day, and still have to serve the D-Hall. If a student is not allowed to receive swats, he/she will serve an extra day of D-Hall.
Students may also be paddled for a second "blue slip" given for unexcused absences.
Parents requiring exemption from CP cannot just send a form in the post: they "must visit the school and fill out the proper documents with the assistant principals in person".
At the Junior High, four demerit marks bring "office referral (lunch detention or corporal punishment)". CP is no longer specifically mentioned for bus conduct violations.
At North Plains Opportunity Center, an "alternative school", the policy for tardies is slightly different from that at the High School: "The student will receive 1 day of after school detention or 1 swat for each additional tardy" after the first two tardies in a six-week period, and "If the student skips a day of after school detention they will receive two swats". For misconduct on the bus, on the first violation the student is suspended from the bus for three school days, or receives "One swat with the paddle from the student's Campus Principal". The second such offense brings five days' bus suspension or two swats, and the third, ten days' bus suspension or three swats.
See also this Aug 2008 news item, which says that students in Dumas ISD are always given a choice and mostly opt for a spanking over ISS or Saturday detention, and this May 2015 one (with video clip), in which the Dumas Superintendent says it is a conservative community where the parents are highly supportive of school CP.
Stats: 163 boys and 91 girls underwent at least one paddling at the senior High School in 2011/12.
- Duncanville City ISD
CP here is a level I (but not level II or III) consequence, and "shall be limited to paddling the student" and not, as at most Texas schools, "paddling or spanking the student". It may be administered only by the principal or assistant principal. Parents must be contacted in advance in each specific case, apparently even if they have already signed the form at the back of the handbook to give permission for CP in general.
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- East Chambers ISD, Winnie
Stats: See this May 2012 news item stating that out of 1,315 students there were just 25 no-paddle requests by parents in 2011/12, and this Nov 2014 report giving a CP rate of 7% for that year.
During 2011/12, at East Chambers Elementary School, 2 boys and no girls received swats; at East Chambers Intermediate School, 6 boys and no girls; and at East Chambers Junior High School, 5 boys and no girls. But at East Chambers High School (total enrollment 380), 65 boys and 11 girls were paddled, so this is one of several Texas districts that emphasize spanking for the older teens in grades 9 through 12.
- Eastland ISD
Offenses here are no longer categorized into different levels. Corporal punishment remains an option. At Siebert, it is no longer specifically mentioned only at kindergarten level but evidently applies throughout the elementary grades. Both the Middle School and High School handbooks, which formerly made no mention of CP, now spell out that paddling may be used. In particular, at the Middle School it may be a consequence of a third or subsequent tardy; at the High School, for a fourth or fifth tardy.
This is one of many Texas districts that have abolished a same-sex requirement for CP, making it possible for male staff to paddle girls and female staff to paddle boys.
- Edgewood ISD
This is the Edgewood ISD in Van Zandt County, not the one in San Antonio.
The High School and Middle School Registration Packets include a Corporal Punishment Form which the student as well as a parent must sign. "Students may choose corporal punishment in lieu of detention with parental permission. There may be some instances in which students will not be allowed to choose corporal punishment and that will be at the discretion of the administrator."
There is a separate Registration Packet for the Elementary school, but this does not mention CP at all.
- Edna ISD
This district in 2014 removed the same-sex provision it had adopted in September 2011, one of a growing number of school districts in Texas to do so.
At the secondary schools, a paddling may be a consequence for Level I offenses (the least serious). In a new departure, it is also specifically mentioned as a penalty for misconduct while in ISS. Students who have received any CP (or ISS) are not eligible for exemption from semester exams. Parents wishing to exempt their son or daughter from paddling must write a signed letter to the principal -- no handy opt-out form appears to be provided.
The athletic handbook, which also appears to be fairly new, states that corporal punishment may be administered to sports team members "for any conduct offense". Athletes must sign a form that reads "I understand that violations of the behavior standards of the Athletic Code of Conduct that are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in my being disciplined under both the Athletic Code of Conduct and the Student Code of Conduct".
- Elysian Fields ISD
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), "2 swats or 5 days' cafeteria duty" is the punishment for a first offense of class disruption, disobedience, no valid parking permit, and various other things, and for a second offense of tardies or dress code violation. More unusually, the penalty for a third offense of numerous sins, including unauthorized food in class, inappropriate display of affection, and being in an off-limits area, is "2 days' SAC or 2 swats for 2 days", which means a 4-swat spanking spread over two consecutive days. This multi-day paddling policy was introduced in 2011/12.
Stats: 80 students were paddled in this district in 2011/12, almost all of them at the High School (48 boys and 25 girls). This was an increase from zero in 2006/07, and from 40 (all boys) in 2000/01. This shows that, like several other Texas high schools, Elysian Fields has now both restored the use of the paddle after a fallow period, and expanded its use to include both sexes.
- Ennis ISD
This district has a same-sex requirement for CP at the secondary level but not at the elementary and intermediate campuses. In this latest version there is no longer mention of parents having to sign a form overnight before each paddling.
See also this Aug 2008 news item and this Dec 2011 one.
- Evadale ISD
In June 2014 this district deleted a same-sex requirement for student spankings that had been in place since Oct 2011.
- Farwell ISD
Punishment is meted out here for dress code violations at the rate of 1 after-school detention or one paddle swat at the 5th offense, 2 detentions or 2 swats at the 6th offense, and 3 detentions or 3 swats at the 7th offense.
At the High and Junior High schools, paddling is also given for tardies on a similar basis, rising to three swats for a 9th tardy per semester. Earlier versions did not spell out the number of swats at each offense.
A separate Behavior Plan at the elementary level provides a corporal punishment alternative for five or more offenses in a six-week period in grades K through 2, and seven or more offenses in grades 3 through 5. For the district as a whole, CP is also mentioned as a consequence for misbehavior on the bus.
- Ferris ISD
Only the Principal or Assistant Principal may paddle. CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence (2 swats) for a fifth or subsequent tardy in grades K through 5.
- Floydada ISD
Corporal punishment is a consequence for Level II and III offenses, but not Level I or IV.
- Forsan ISD
In June 2013 the Forsan board amended its CP policy to provide that the person administering the corporal punishment need no longer be of the same sex as the student, provided the witness is.
- Fort Stockton ISD
At the Middle School, "Corporal punishment, ISS or Saturday School" is the penalty for ten and more cumulative tardies. Skipping an assigned detention "will result in a harsher punishment" that may include paddling "in addition to making up the skipped detention".
See also this Mar 2005 news item, and this Aug 2008 news item (with video clip).
- Frankston ISD [DOC]
Members of sports teams and other extracurricular activities are liable to "Corporal punishment in the form of strenuous exercise and/or paddling" for all levels of offenses.
The Employee Handbook reminds teachers not to paddle in anger, and that CP must be delivered in the principal's office, after parent contact.
- Fruitvale ISD
At the Junior/Senior High school, the first five steps in the discipline ladder for minor offenses consist of detention. Step 6 is 1 day in ISS or a paddling, and step 7 is 2 days in ISS or a paddling. Step 10 is placement in DAEP for at least 15 days.
In DAEP, "very strict discipline will be enforced". Misbehavior in DAEP "will result in any or all of" a list of five penalties that starts with corporal punishment and ends with expulsion.
- Garrison ISD
At the High School and the Middle School, corporal punishment or detention is the consequence for a fourth and fifth tardy per semester. New in 2015/16, at the High School only (grades 9 through 12), students may also be paddled for a first tobacco offense.
Stats: In 2000/01, at Garrison High School, 45 boys and no girls were paddled, but by 2011/12, the young ladies were also being spanked. That year 51 male and 7 female students received swats on one or more occasion.
- Gatesville ISD
The handbook for the High School (grades 9 through 12) stipulates that parents will be contacted beforehand to obtain their consent for corporal punishment. The student being disciplined must also have elected to be spanked instead of taking some other punishment. A wooden paddle is to be used, applied by the principal or assistant principal.
Students may not become Cheerleaders who have received more than one paddling (or ISS or OSS) in the current year.
At the Junior High, any parental objection to CP must be filed within one week of enrollment.
Stats: 28 boys and 2 girls were paddled at the high school on one or more occasions in 2011/12.
- George West ISD
George West is a town, not a person.
At the High School, paddling is specifically mentioned for standing up on the school bus while it is moving.
The Junior High school provides that a fifth or subsequent tardy in six weeks will incur ISS or corporal punishment, in addition to referral to the Resource Officer or the Municipal Court.
- Giddings ISD
The handbook for members of high-school sports teams says "Coaches are an extension of your family. As an extension of your family, the Coaching staff will expect and demand appropriate behavior from our athletes at all times". It adds: "If you break our rules, we are going to document your offense, and punish you. The punishment will range from swats with a paddle (boys only) to extra conditioning. The choice of the punishment will be yours to make." This is for such things as being late, disrespect to coaches, and "not being properly dressed out". Parents are invited to sign that "I agree that my son may receive swats as a form of punishment if he so chooses".
- Gladewater ISD
Stats: 78 boys and 9 girls were spanked at Gladewater High School (grades 9-12) on one or more occasions in 2011/12; this is 44% of the 199 students who received swats in the district that year. See also this Sep 2014 news item, quoting the Superintendent as saying "many of our parents support the use of corporal punishment" and reporting that there were 382 spankings in the district as a whole in 2013/14 (289 b, 93 g). Thus, in two years the number of Gladewater ISD students undergoing paddling nearly doubled.
- Godley ISD
In this suburb of Fort Worth, "3 lunch detentions or 2 swats" or "1 after school detention or 1 swat", and similar permutations, but always with a maximum of 2 swats, are variously the penalties for a wide range of specified minor offenses. But for a dress-code violation, students receive a detention or one swat on the second offense, and 3 detentions or THREE swats on the third (this is new for 2015, an increase from two swats in the previous year's version). A third or fourth tardy to class per semester also brings a spanking option. Corporal punishment is not mentioned in relation to more serious offenses.
An interesting feature is that TPA ("Temporary Alternative Placement", Godley's version of ISS) is described as an alternative to corporal punishment, rather than the other way round.
All this is for the High School (grades 9 through 12); the handbooks of the elementary, middle and intermediate schools all mention the availability of CP, but do not set out a detailed tariff.
Stats: This March 2011 news report notes that there were 21 paddlings here in the previous six months.
- Goliad ISD (New URL)
Stats: No instances of CP were recorded at Goliad High School in 2000/01. The district was not surveyed again until 2011/12, by which time paddling had been (re)introduced, with 69 boys and 26 girls receiving swats on one or more occasions.
- Gonzales ISD
At the Junior High, there is a maximum of two swats per paddling. "Students not allowed to have swats will be given another form of discipline". Also, in bold caps, "ANY STUDENT ATTENDING SAFE/DAEP WILL RECEIVE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT".
- Gorman ISD New!
This district used to operate an "opt-in" system for CP, but has now changed to an "opt-out" system whereby it is up to the parent to take the initiative to fill out the appropriate form every year if they do not wish paddling to be applied.
- Grandfalls-Royalty ISD [DOC]
There is a Discipline Management Point System here. At secondary level, "1 point and choice of 1 swat or 1 day of detention" is the penalty for each tardy or instance of "unacceptable behavior". For an unexcused absence or failure to follow a directive, the consequence is 2 points plus a choice of 2 swats or 2 days. For serious or persistent unacceptable behavior, or for unacceptable language, it is 3 points plus a choice between 2 swats plus 1 day's detention, or 3 days in detention. For the first five dress or grooming code violations in a semester, the student receives a choice between 1 swat and 1 detention, with no points awarded. Each such infraction after the fifth counts as "persistent unacceptable behavior" (3 points, etc.) Parents may specify in writing at the beginning of each year that "only swats" or "only detention" be used.
The purpose of accumulating the points is that, when a student reaches 10 points, he or she gets ISS as well as the swats (or detention). "If points are assigned, the student will be advised of any point(s) assigned, updated on their overall point total, and given the choice to serve detention or receive corporal punishment for the infraction."
A similar scheme, with some differences of detail, is in operation at the elementary level.
- Grand Saline ISD
"Corporal punishment may be administered for misconduct including such things as fighting, destruction of school property, stealing, use of vulgar language; addressing teachers, principals, or other school employees in terms that do not show respect for the position held; for violation of city, county, state or national laws; insubordination, conduct which interferes with the orderly classroom academic progression, or any other conduct unbecoming to a student."
The parental agreement form invites parents to state not only that "corporal punishment may be administered to my child" but more emphatically "Yes, I agree with the use of corporal punishment".
- Grandview ISD
The junior/senior high school has a "discipline ladder" of eight levels, from Level 1 (teacher/student conference) to Level 8 (placement in DAEP). Level 4 incurs "1 day of ISS or 2 swats". Level 5: "2 days of ISS or 3 swats". Level 6: "3 days of ISS or 3 swats". At level 7 comes more ISS without the option of swats. "Missing detention" is a level 5 offense.
There is also a special tardy policy for grades 9 through 12 only, including 1 day of ISS or 1 swat for the fifth tardy in a semester, 2 days of ISS or 2 swats for the sixth, and 3 days of ISS or 3 swats for the seventh and every subsequent tardy.
Stats: 14 boys and 2 girls received CP in 2011/12, up from 5 and 0 in 2004/05.
- Grapeland ISD New!
CP is available for Level I and Level II offenses. There is a maximum of three "strikes" at any one time. These may be delivered by an ordinary teacher as well as an administrator.
Stats: During 2011/12 at Grapeland High School, 13 boys and no girls received paddlings.
- Groveton ISD
Unlike most Texas districts, which require the witness to CP to be a professional employee or a certified employee, Groveton merely requires "the presence of one other employee of the district...". It may be carried out by an ordinary teacher.
See also this Sep 2005 news item, and this Nov 2014 news item according to which 28% of the students in the district were paddled in 2011/12.
Stats: Groveton Elementary School has seen a dramatic decrease in the use of the paddle, the number of students spanked dropping from 160 boys and 20 girls during 2000/01 to only 27 boys and 15 girls in 2011/12. But at Groveton Junior-Senior High School, CP figures have been relatively stable. During 2000/01, 95 boys and 10 girls were paddled, while in 2011/12, 69 boys and 24 girls received CP.
- Hallsville ISD
Written parental authorization is required before CP is used. It is not clear whether this means once-for-all, or separately in each individual case. Refusal to accept a paddling "will result in the student's behavior being classified in the next more serious level".
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Hamlin ISD
Here, in addition to standard Texas wording about CP in general, it is now specifically mentioned that student motorists are liable to be paddled for failing to follow the parking-lot rules.
Cheerleaders who have taken swats receive three demerit points.
- Hardin ISD
Not to be confused with Hardin-Jefferson (see next item). "Either the person administering the corporal punishment or the other District professional employee serving as the witness shall be the same sex as the student."
The overall "paddling rate" for the district was 15%, according to this Nov 2014 news item, which also informs us that only four parents signed the CP opt-out form in the latest year (because they preferred to administer it themselves), and that at the High School it is the 6-foot-4-inch Assistant Principal who delivers the swats (having been trained in how to do so without causing injury), max. three per paddling.
For the first time in 2015/16, members of athletic teams at the Junior High and High School may be spanked by a coach for "minor infractions".
Stats: No CP was recorded at Hardin High School in 2000/01. During 2006/07, the next year surveyed, five boys received swats. The district was next surveyed five years later, by which time the school had decided to place a much greater emphasis on the administration of corporal punishment. In 2011/12, 42 high-school students were spanked (34b, 8g).
- Hardin-Jefferson ISD (covers China, Nome, Sour Lake)
The Athletic Handbook emphasizes, in a 2007 addendum, that sportsmen (males only) are subject to corporal punishment within the athletic department. Parents are invited on a separate form to state whether they approve of this for their son; it is made clear that this is for minor offenses and is to be administered by the coach. "No athlete will receive more than 3 licks per day." Also, "other staff, coaches, and/or administrators will be present during corporal punishment" as witnesses.
Stats: This May 2012 news report says there were 53 paddlings in the district in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
- Harlandale ISD, San Antonio
"Corrective disciplinary action, in the form of corporal punishment, detention hall, suspension and/or expulsion, is administered as necessary when school rules and regulations must be enforced."
CP is #12 in the list of Stage I consequences (talking without permission, tardiness, failing to serve detention), and #5 in the list of Stage II consequences (public display of affection, leaving the school grounds without permission, cheating, gambling and insubordination).
"If the principal is not present when the punishment is administered, he or she shall be notified immediately. (Note: This is not to be taken as a precaution, but followed as an iron-clad rule.)"
- Harleton ISD
At the Junior High, corporal punishment and Saturday school may be used in exchange for detention or ISS for category I offenses. CP in its own right is a possible consequence for category II offenses.
- Hemphill ISD [DOC]
CP has to be done only in the presence of "at least one other district professional/paraprofessional employee", not necessarily another "professional employee". See this July 2010 board meeting agenda [DOC] where the change was made.
The paddle is now in use to punish tardies. For a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th tardy, the penalty is varying amounts of detention/ISS, "or swats".
In August 2014 the board eliminated a same-sex requirement for the adult who administers the swats.
Stats: At Hemphill High School, paddle recipients numbered 30 boys and 10 girls in 2000/01. By school year 2011/12 this had increased to 67 boys and 43 girls -- making up about 50% of the school's students. In the same year, the figures for the Middle School were 70 boys and 31 girls. No elementary students were spanked.
This Nov 2014 news item notes that, in the district as a whole, 24% of the students were paddled in 2011/12.
- Henderson ISD
"Possible corporal punishment with parental notification" comes in at Step 3 of the discipline ladder.
This district used to have a same-sex requirement for paddling, but it was abolished in 2012.
During 2009/10, no students at Henderson High School received CP, but 60 boys and 30 girls were assigned to ISS. By the 2011/12 school year, however, the school had restored the use of corporal punishment. Paddlings were provided on one or more occasions to 29 boys and 2 girls, and the number of ISS assignments dropped dramatically to only 15 boys and 4 girls. This shows how, when students get spanked, they can stay in the classroom and learn.
- Henrietta ISD
At Henrietta High School, "if a student is assigned corporal punishment for a disciplinary issue, the parent needs to sign the corporal punishment permission form". Note also a partial same-sex requirement: "if the student is female the corporal punishment must be administered by a female", but apparently it is OK for a lady teacher to paddle a young man.
- Highland Park ISD, Amarillo
Absurdly, there are two Highland Park ISDs in Texas. This is the one in Amarillo, not the one in Dallas.
The pan-district document, "Progressive Discipline Guidelines", provides CP for many offenses at the first or second occasion, mostly with no alternative provided (unless the parent has opted the student out of CP altogether). Since earlier versions there has been a clear trend towards greater use of the paddle: instead of "five days' detention or corporal punishment" for many offenses such as disrespect, contraband, disruption, and harassment, the document has since 2012 specified just "notify parents, corporal punishment". A spanking is also a possible consequence for a sixth or subsequent tardy. And it is now prescribed for certain offenses, such as use of cell phone, where it did not apply before.
During 2011/12, the district had an "opt-in" system whereby CP would not be given unless parents had signed a form allowing it. This changed in 2012/13 to an opt-out system: all students may now be paddled unless their parents take the initiative to submit a form.
The Secondary Handbook merely gives standard Texas language about the availability of CP in general.
- Hitchcock ISD
Only the principal or assistant principal may paddle. This district abolished CP as long ago as 2002, but decided in 2011 to reintroduce it.
New from 2014, parents must now visit the office in person if they wish to apply for exemption from CP.
At Stewart Elementary, "Offer corporal punishment" was one of the strategies adopted in 2011 for improving the campus by reducing the amount of time spent outside the classroom.
Stats: 14 boys and 4 girls received corporal punishment in this district 2011/12, the first year of the new policy.
- Hooks ISD [DOC]
In addition to standard wording, this includes (from p.49) the Extracurricular Code of Conduct, which states that "Corporal punishment may be required".
- Hubbard ISD
Errant sports players "will be punished at the discretion of the head coach" and this now explicitly includes corporal punishment.
- Huckabay ISD [DOC]
"Corporal punishment or detention" takes place at steps 2 and 3 of the Discipline Plan.
- Huffman ISD
Paddling may be a consequence for Level II offenses (truancy, failure to serve detention, acts of familiarity, theft, insubordination, excessive tardiness) but not Level I or Level III. See also this online form on which parents may allow or prohibit the use of CP.
- Hughes Springs ISD
Paddling is a consequence for Level II violations such as disrespect, cheating, skipping, profanity, smoking, fighting, and insubordination.
- Huntington ISD (New URL)
Earlier versions had a long list of offenses that might incur a paddling; now it is simply stated that CP may be used in general.
See also this July 2011 news report that the board of trustees had decided to make CP "a more readily available option". In earlier years, paddling was prescribed only for a very small number of violations, such as profanity and obscene gestures.
Stats: At Huntington High School, no paddlings were recorded during 2000/01, but 94 boys and 22 girls received spankings on one or more occasions in 2011/12 following the policy change.
- Idalou ISD
CP is specified for Level II and Level III offenses. For instance, a student's second offense of tardiness or public display of affection qualifies him/her for a paddling.
- Industrial ISD
The acknowledgement form contains the unusual phrase "My child and I agree to corporal punishment, Yes/No" and must be signed by the student as well as the parent.
- Iola ISD
Here, there is a maximum per student of three swats "per offense at any one time", unusual wording which seems to imply that a student could be given, e.g., six swats in one day if it was for two separate offenses and some unspecified amount of time passes between the paddlings. CP is available for Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV offenses, but not Level V (the most serious). Teachers may paddle, not just administrators.
Stats: The number of students in receipt of paddlings at the High School increased from five in 2009/10 (5b 0g) to 22 in 2011/12 (20b 2g).
- Iowa Park CISD
At the middle school, "Our practice, at WFGMS, is to contact parents and give one swat. The intent is to redirect, not to injure".
No such tariff is mentioned at the High School, where CP may be applied for Level I and Level II offenses.
Stats: A steady increase at the high school over the years surveyed. No students were paddled there in 2000/01; 20 boys and no girls in 2006/07; and 26 boys and 6 girls in 2011/12.
- Ira ISD New!
CP is particularly mentioned for a first or second offense of cheating/plagiarism.
- Iraan-Sheffield ISD (covers Iraan and Sheffield) (New URL)
Corporal punishment is listed here as one of the consequences for, among other things, disregard for authority, vandalism, possession of prohibited items, telecommunications devices, and a second through fifth tardy; in the previous version paddling did not come into play until the fifth tardy, so this represents a sharp increase in the availability of CP for tardies.
The Extra-curricular handbook provides that members of sports teams, band, etc. may be paddled for breaching team guidelines.
- Jasper ISD
When paddling is used, "respect for the student is foremost", and he or she "should have the opportunity to say is there any family or medical reason why he/she should not receive said punishment". This is the High School handbook; the Junior High version has more or less the same language.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Jasper's schools in 2000/01 or 2006/07; but in 2011/12, 47 students (45b 2g) were officially spanked at the High School (grades 9 through 12), another 26 (24b 2g) at the Junior High, and 20 (16b 4g) at the Elementary School.
- Jim Ned Consolidated ISD, Tuscola
The High School has an unusual "Discipline Plan" involving escalating amounts of paddling. Step 1 brings "1 swat or two days' detention (7.55-8.15 a.m.)"; at step 2 the tariff is 2 swats or 3 days' detention; step 3, three swats or four days' detention. After that things get more serious. The student who reaches step 4 on the discipline latter receives "6 swats (3 per day for 2 days) or 2 days of ISS", and, at step 5, no fewer than "9 swats (3 per day for 3 days) or 3 days of ISS". If this means three consecutive days, the student will certainly have a sore rear by the third day. There is an implication that this spanking option is at the choice of the student, and it appears to apply only to grades 9 through 12: no equivalent scheme is announced for the Middle School.
This plan is new in the past couple of years, and with a greater provision for CP than the previous (2011) version, still online here. Under that plan there was simply a maximum of 3 swats (for step 3 of the ladder); there was no CP option for steps 4 and 5, and no mention of punishment being spread over a number of days.
There is also a separate procedure for tardies, under which the first tardy brings 1 swat or 1 day of detention, and a third tardy within each six-week period attracts 3 swats or one day's ISS. "Additional days of ISS or swats will be assigned as required for 4+ unexcused tardies."
New for 2015 is a special provision for a first offense of misbehavior on the bus: "High school students may exchange 3 swats for each day of assigned ISS."
At the elementary school, Step 2 of the Discipline Plan entails half a day in ISS or one swat; Step 3 brings 1 day in ISS or 2 swats.
- Joaquin ISD
Students at the High School and the Junior High School may be spanked for a first or second Class I offense (tardiness, running in the halls, display of affection, dress code violations); a first, second or third Class II offense (skipping class, cheating, disruptive behavior, returning to car without permission); and a first or second Class III offense (fighting, disrespect, fire extinguisher, speeding, reckless driving, stealing). The paddling takes the place of detention, ISS or OSS, depending on the level of offense.
No details of punishment at the elementary school are given.
- Joshua ISD
For Cheerleaders and for the Dance/Drill Team, sponsors will issue 5 demerits to any team member who receives swats. Oddly there is no mention of CP in relation to Band or Athletics.
See also this Apr 2008 news item (with video clip), and this March 2011 report, which says that there were 30 paddlings in 2009/2010.
- Junction ISD
The district handbook contains a CP opt-in/opt-out form which the student must sign as well as the parents.
The secondary Discipline Plan, developed at a special workshop in 2012, states that "Discipline rules help students to understand the connections between decisions and consequences". All Level II office referrals have these consequences: 1st referral: 1 day ISS and/or corporal punishment; 2nd referral: 2 days' ISS and/or corporal punishment; 3rd referral: 3 days' ISS and/or corporal punishment.
- Kaufman ISD
Standard Texas language here, but what is interesting is that previous years' handbooks made no mention of CP, suggesting a de facto reintroduction in 2015.
- Kemp ISD (New URL)
Students here may be paddled for, among other things, tardiness, leaving campus, failure to attend detention, public display of affection, and cheating (Level I offenses); and disrespect of school personnel and persons in authority, tobacco possession, profanity, and violation of ISS rules (Level II offenses). "Disciplinary actions may be used individually or in combination for any offense." Where the student is over 10 years old, CP may also be used for Level IV (the most serious) cases but seemingly not for Level III. This does not appear to make sense, and might be an editing error.
- Kenedy ISD New!
Unusual form of words in the parental consent form: "My child and I agree to corporal punishment".
- Kerens ISD New!
At Kerens High School, corporal punishment is a consequence that the principal may decide upon "in an attempt to not exclude students from instructional time". This language was new in 2015.
Stats: 20 boys and 6 girls were paddled in 2011/12.
- Kermit ISD
At the High School, a second tardy to class per six-week period incurs one paddle swat or one day's detention; a third tardy, two swats or two days' detention; a fourth, 3 swats or two days in ISS.
Stats: During 2006/07, 25 students received CP on one or more occasions at Kermit High School. This more than tripled to 86 students (62 boys and 35 girls) in 2011/12.
- Kilgore ISD
The High School (grades 9 through 12) has a Discipline Management Plan: "A student will progress from one level to the next with each offense". Corporal punishment comes early on in the progression, at level 3, after "conference with student" and "conference with administrator and parent". After CP come various forms of detention and then various forms of suspension, then Saturday School, then DAEP.
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Kirbyville CISD
At the High School, the "Consequences for Violations of Procedures" provide that, after the second offense, there is an Office Referral on all subsequent offenses, with a spanking as the first outcome listed, followed by various terms of ISS. Also, "Students will be subject to periodic tardy sweeps. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken, including corporal punishment."
- Knox City-O'Brien CISD [DOC] New!
This provides for detention for the second through fourth tardiness offenses, but "In some instances corporal punishment may be chosen by the student instead of detention". This provision was new in 2011.
- Kountze ISD
The High School handbook says in bold: "The signed form giving or denying Corporal Punishment is kept on file for the entire year. Failure to return the form will be considered as granted permission for Corporal Punishment." The Middle and Intermediate schools do not make this emphasis.
Stats: 39 students were spanked in this district in 2011/12, 27 of them at the High School (grades 9 through 12).
See also this May 2012 news item.
- La Gloria ISD
Here there is a maximum of three swats. "Suspension from school will be the alternative for corporal punishment."
- Lamesa ISD
Corporal punishment is one of the disciplinary methods that sports coaches may apply to high-school athletes for "minor offenses" (horseplay, unsportsmanlike conduct, violation of dressing room or training room policies, profanity, dress and grooming violations). This applies regardless of whether school is in session, whether the student is directly involved in a sport at the time of the misbehavior, whether the sport is in season, and where or when the misconduct occurs.
Stats: During 2011/12, 32 boys and 13 girls at Lamesa High School (grades 9 through 12) were disciplined with the paddle on one or more occasions.
- Lancaster ISD (New URL)
CP here is claimed to be rare, except in the case of "conduct of such an extreme nature that ... (it) is the only reasonable form of discipline under the circumstances". It must be given by the principal or assistant principal in an administrative office. Prior parental approval is required.
- La Pryor ISD
Violations that may attract a paddling include vandalism, stealing, theft, fireworks, tobacco, electronic devices, fire extinguisher, leaving class without permission, dress code violations, gambling, cheating, skateboards, display of affection, refusal to accept discipline management techniques, fighting, bullying, sexual harassment, and hazing. In other words, almost all possible offenses. Corporal punishment or detention/ISS is also the penalty for a fifth through 14th tardy per semester. It is also specifically mentioned for a first or second violation of the telecommunications devices policy.
The Extra-Curricular Handbook, which covers students participating in athletics but also in band/choir and other clubs, mentions that CP may be a consequence of failure to follow team/club guidelines.
Stats: Five boys and two girls at La Pryor High School were officially spanked on one or more occasions in 2011/12. In another example of Texas high schools reintroducing paddling in recent years, this was a change from the previous times the school's disciplinary practices were surveyed: during both 2000/01 and 2006/07, no CP was recorded.
- Lazbuddie ISD
"Swats or 1 week of ASD" is the fourth step in both the "Junior High/High School Discipline Protocol" and the "Elementary Discipline Protocol".
This district in 2014 removed a same-sex provision adopted in 2011.
Stats: 19 boys and 4 girls were paddled in 2011/12.
- Leary ISD
"Students who may not be paddled must be picked up from school by a parent IMMEDIATELY if serious or repeated misbehavior occurs." Violation of detention hall rules may result in corporal punishment. After receiving three D-hall notices in one semester, students will not be put in detention again if they get into further trouble. Instead they "will receive either corporal punishment or suspension".
Stats: According to this Nov 2014 news item, 25% of the students in the district were paddled in 2011/12.
- Lefors ISD (New URL)
This Employee Handbook says that "only minimal due process" shall be afforded to students about to be paddled, "with no right to further appeal". This is because any appeal procedure would be too time-consuming, and "can have the negative effect of dissuading the utilization of corporal punishment", given that CP is "not necessarily the result of a major infraction of school rules".
- Leon ISD, Jewett (New URL)
New in 2012 was the Zap Program ("Zeroes Aren't Permitted"). It provides supervised study time for making up missed assignments, with CP or ISS as a penalty for not attending.
Stats: During 2011/12 at Leon High School, 22 boys and 7 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions, up from zero in 2004/05, the previous year surveyed.
- Liberty ISD
The policy here is that CP "shall be administered or witnessed by an employee who is the same sex as the student", a sensible compromise for a small district with limited staff.
Stats: 39 boys and 2 girls were paddled on at least one occasion at Liberty High School in 2011/12.
- Littlefield ISD
At Littlefield High School, "the fifth unexcused tardy in a semester shall result in corporal punishment or detention". Also, for a second cellphone offense the penalty is "$15 fee and a choice of three days of ISS or two swats with device returned to a parent/guardian after payment".
Stats: In recent years, the senior High School has decided to place an increased emphasis on using corporal punishment to discipline students. 92 boys and 36 girls were paddled there in 2011/12, an 82% increase on five years earlier.
- Lometa ISD
Paddling may be administered by a teacher or administrator; it must take place in the principal's office. There should be an attempt to contact parents beforehand.
A same-sex requirement for CP was deleted from board policy in 2012.
Stats: 16 boys and no girls were spanked here in 2011/12.
- Lorena ISD
A paddling is a possible consequence for mid-level code of conduct violations. Parental permission is sought beforehand. It is administered by the principal or assistant principal, from one to three swats depending on the severity and regularity of the offense.
- Lovelady ISD
Swats may be given for Class One and Class Two offenses. The witness must be "one other District professional employee or adult staff member", which sounds as if it may have been designed to allow the principal's secretary to be the witness.
- Lufkin ISD
CP (with parental approval) is an alternative to detention at steps two and three of the eight-step discipline plan.
See also this April 2011 news item.
- Madisonville Consolidated ISD
The document for the High School (grades 9 through 12) -- awarded an "exemplary campus" label by the Texas Education Agency -- is the "Everyday Infraction" procedure, first introduced in 2011, under which teachers must keep an ongoing cumulative daily log of each student's tardies, as well as other lesser or "everyday" offenses such as dress code violations or public displays of affection. On the 7th, 8th and 9th such offenses in each semester, the student is summoned to the Assistant Principal's office for a paddling (no alternative punishment specified).
At the Junior High, the consequences for being tardy to P.E. include "swats", and the student must sign the contract to agree to this.
Stats: Madisonville Junior High School has been making more use of CP. During 2009/10, 40 boys and 10 girls were spanked on one or more occasions; during 2011/12, these figures rose to 84 boys and 43 girls.
- Malakoff ISD
At the High School (grades 9-12), Level Two offenses include, among others, disrespect to authority, failing to serve discipline consequences assigned for Level One offenses, five or more Level One offenses, and cutting class. For the first, second and third Level Two offenses the student will either serve ISS (one or two days) or receive a two-swat spanking. From the fourth offense onwards, students cannot choose CP as an alternative to ISS. Exactly the same provisions are also in force at the Middle School (grades 5 through 8).
- Marshall ISD
At the Junior High, "Detention, grounds improvement plan, and/or corporal punishment will be used in lieu of, and before any out of class placement. The purpose of these programs will be to correct the student's behavior without utilizing any consequence that removes a student from the classroom setting."
See also this Oct 2012 news item, which makes it clear that no one is paddled against his or her wish, so CP is always a matter of choice for the student.
Stats: In 2011/12, 68 boys and 21 girls at the High School (grades 9-12) received swats.
- Mason ISD
At the High School, the main punishment for "minor infractions" such as tardies and insubordination is lunch detention. A student with a fifth lunch detention in a six-week period has a choice of 2 paddle swats, 1 day in ISS, or 1 day in Saturday School. The same choice applies for any level I referral.
The registration form allows parents, "in the event corporal punishment is chosen as a consequence", to either give or withhold "consent for the administrator or designee to give the necessary swats", and this has to be signed by the student as well.
- Mathis ISD
Previous versions of this district's board policy specifically forbade the use of CP. That was unanimously (7 votes to 0) reversed in Sep 2015 -- see these board minutes [DOC] -- following the arrival of a new Superintendent and the election of a new school board. The previous board had decided as recently as July 2014, by 4 votes to 3, NOT to reintroduce CP -- see these minutes. See also this Nov 2015 announcement to parents, setting out the new policy in detail. This news release by the High School announced that spanking came into effect from 6 January 2016.
The new 2016/17 code of conduct specifies paddling as an alternative to Saturday School for inter alia disregard of authority, property offenses, possession of prohibited items, and safety transgressions; for a second offense of using electronic devices; and for a 5th through 9th tardy per semester (two swats) and a 10th through 14th tardy (three swats).
The new Extracurricular Code of Conduct specifically provides for spankings for members of sports teams and other school organizations, coming after warning and parent conference and before Saturday In-School Suspension.
See also this Nov 2015 news report, which quotes the new Superintendent as saying that one of the reasons for introducing the paddle was that his high school was losing students to neighboring districts that used CP and hence had better behavior.
- Maud ISD
The "Corporal Punishment Acknowledgement" form enables parents to answer "yes" or "no" to "The district may use corporal punishment for disciplinary consequences with my child". If yes, parents are contacted before any paddling takes place.
Under the cheerleading policy adopted in 2015, students at Maud High School may not become cheerleaders if they have "had more than two separate discipline consequences resulting in ISS, Corporal Punishment or a combination of ISS and Corporal Punishment for the current school year". Students who have become cheerleaders and then earn a spanking will be suspended from cheerleading for a week.
- McCamey ISD
At the High School, paddling may be used for truancy: 1 swat (or two hours' Saturday school) for the first time, 2 swats (or 4 hours of Saturday school) the second time, and 3 swats (or 3 days' ISS) the third time. A second tardy to class within a 6-week grading period attracts 1 swat, and third 2 swats, and a fourth 3 swats. Swats are also a penalty for missing Saturday school.
McCamey Middle School similarly offers CP for skipping class (2 swats every time) and truancy (3 swats every time). In addition, a first offense of fighting is punishable with 3 paddle swats or 5 days in ISS.
- McMullen County ISD
In 7th through 12th grade here, students who are tardy to class for a fifth or subsequent time in a six-week period may receive "ISS, manual labor, swats and/or loss of privileges".
- Medina Valley ISD
At the Middle School, the student, as well as his or her parent, has to sign the form stating the parent's CP preference.
- Merkel ISD
A same-sex requirement was deleted from the board policy in Nov 2011.
At the High School, CP was in the previous version a possible consequence for level II and III infractions, but not for level I (the least serious). That distinction has disappeared in the latest version, implying that the paddle may now potentially be a consequence for level I offenses as well, e.g. repeated tardies.
See also this Oct 2009 news item about a coach who allegedly paddled nine Merkel Middle School football players in their boxer shorts.
- Mexia ISD (New URL)
This district unanimously decided to reintroduce corporal punishment in July 2009, noting support for it from "a strong majority" of the local community (board minutes -- no longer on line), having abolished it in 2003 and decided not to reinstate it in 2004.
Stats: 150 students were paddled in Mexia in 2011/12.
- Midlothian ISD
At the two middle schools, CP is generally available and is also specifically mentioned as a punishment for missing detention hall.
At the elementary schools, CP is said to be for serious offenses.
The high-school book says only that corporal punishment may be used. None of the handbooks gives any details of the procedure.
Local sources report that in early 2014 Midlothian High School reversed its policy of not spanking girls; they are now allowed, like the boys, to substitute swats for a three-hour after-school detention.
- Mildred ISD, Corsicana
The 2013 edition of this high/junior high school handbook quoted the following form sent to parents:
"Your child has chosen to break the student code of conduct [...] Your child has asked to receive Corporal Punishment (swats) in lieu of ISS (In school Suspension). With your permission I will administer corporal punishment in the morning at 8:00 a.m."
In 2012 this district abolished a same-sex requirement for CP.
A student may not serve on the Student Council if he or she has received ISS, DAEP, OSS or "swats in the office".
- Miles ISD
At the junior high and high schools, a third tardy to class per six-week period "will result in corporal punishment or ISS placement". Paddlings may be administered by "the superintendent, principals, or athletic director", the latter being a new addition in 2011.
Stats: 11 boys and no girls were spanked in 2011/12.
- Miller Grove ISD (New URL)
Corporal punishment is still available here, though it is no longer specified that, in grades 6 through 12, "2 swats" is a punishment for a third offense of any kind.
The board minutes record a decision to abolish an earlier same-sex rule.
- Mineola ISD
A notable provision here is that sports team members are not allowed the parental CP exemption facility afforded to ordinary students: "Athletes are required to be administered corporal punishment as needed." Also, "if the Campus Principal gives an athlete the option of swats instead of another form of punishment, the athlete MUST take the swats, or the Athletic Director reserves the right to administer swats along with the punishment the campus principal assigned."
- Monte Alto ISD [DOC] (New URL)
Corporal punishment may be administered for violations of Levels II and III but is not mentioned in relation to Level I or IV. Parental objections must be lodged in person in the Assistant Principal's office. "Female students may not be paddled by a male administrator", and vice versa. Unusually, at the secondary level only, the witness must also be of the same sex as the student. There is a maximum of three swats. "Students who are subject to a second paddling in a given day shall have another kind of discipline administered."
- Mount Calm ISD (New URL)
Unusually, this school district allows parents to be present when CP is administered. "Students sent to the office for being overly disruptive or disrespectful will be assigned to after school detention, Saturday school, or corporal punishment." Only the superintendent or principal may deliver the swats.
- Mount Pleasant ISD
The Junior High School explicitly authorizes corporal punishment in athletics.
See also this April 2015 news report that the district decided to abolish a same-sex requirement since "the elementary schools have mostly female principals". Now, it is sufficient that the second adult present (the witness) is of the same gender as the student.
Stats: At the (senior) High School, 393 boys and 186 girls were paddled on one or more occasions in 2011/12.
- Muenster ISD
The parental opt-in/opt-out form here is unusually worded: "I do / do not wish for my child to be considered for corporal punishment".
Only administrators may deliver a paddling, which must be "out of view" of other students (but apparently not out of their hearing). There is a maximum of three swats for any single infraction. Any CP will exclude a student from the Honor Roll.
- Munday CISD
Parents are urged not to deny the use of CP because it limits the principal's options and may mean placement in DAEP.
There is a graduated scale of paddling options, including 1 day of detention/ISS or 1 swat for tardiness, failure to follow a direction, or dress and grooming violations; for unacceptable language the student may choose either 3 days' detention, or two swats plus one day of detention.
Parents may request annually in writing that only swats or only detention/ISS be used. The ability to choose swats exclusively instead of detention no doubt helps parents whose high-school students need to come home immediately after school, for example to babysit their younger siblings.
Texas public school districts N to Z are here
- The following Texas public schools (districts A-M) also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details beyond the Texas School Boards Association model text (Corporal punishment "is restricted to spanking or paddling the student" and shall be administered "in a designated place" with an approved instrument. Routine provisions on witnesses and documentation. Parents' requests to opt their student out must be made annually in writing). In many cases, but not all, either the paddler or the witness must be of the same sex as the student:
Abernathy ISD [DOC]
Agua Dulce ISD
Alvin ISD (and see this April 2010 news item (with video clip))
- This 2015 version of the handbook mentions CP for the first time in recent years. See also this May 2015 news item (with video clip), which claims that it is used mainly in the elementary schools.
Aransas Pass ISD
Archer City ISD
- Stats: In 2004/05, 40 boys and no girls were paddled on one or more occasion. The next time the district was surveyed, the amount of paddling had nearly doubled for the boys and had been extended to the girls: during 2011/12, 76 boys and 19 girls were paddled on at least one occasion.
- Stats: No CP was recorded at Arp High School in 2009/10. Two years later, 33 boys and 9 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions. This (re)introduction of CP coincided with a remarkable reduction in the use of in-school suspension. During 2009/10, 105 students at the high school were put in ISS, but when swats were added to the disciplinary mix only 35 students received ISS. This may be an example of how spankings can keep high-school students in class, where they learn more.
Azle ISD (New URL)
Barbers Hill ISD
Bay City ISD
Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco ISD
Big Sandy ISD
Blooming Grove ISD (New URL)
Bloomington ISD [DOC] (New URL)
Bluff Dale ISD
Borden County ISD
Brady ISD (New URL)
Breckenridge ISD (New URL)
Bridge City ISD
- Athletic Handbook
- Stats: During 2011/12 at Bridge City High School, 38 boys and 2 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions.
Brock ISD (New URL)
Bronte ISD New!
Brookesmith ISD [DOC] New!
- Stats: No CP was recorded in 2000/01; a decade later, in 2011/12, 18 boys and 4 girls received swats in this district of less than 100 students.
- Stats: In 2011/12, 26 boys and 7 girls were paddled on one or more occasions at Brownfield High School. At Brownfield Middle School, 39 boys and 9 girls received spankings.
Buena Vista ISD
Burkburnett ISD New!
- See also this March 2011 news item, which reports that CP was used 22 times in 2009/2010, and that only the principal may spank, usually on parental request.
Bynum ISD (New URL)
- Stats: These show a district that believes the paddle is a more appropriate disciplinary tool for teenagers than it is for younger children. During 2011/12, only four boys and no girls received CP at Bushland Elementary School, but 40 boys and 13 girls were spanked on one or more occasions at Bushland High School.
Caddo Mills ISD
Campbell ISD New!
- Stats: During 2011/12, 55 boys and 10 girls were paddled at Caldwell High School on one or more occasion.
Canadian ISD (New URL)
Center ISD (New URL)
Centerville ISD, Leon County [DOC]
Centerville ISD, Trinity County [DOC]
- Stats: 45 boys and 2 girls were spanked at Centerville High School in 2011/12.
Central ISD, Pollok New!
Cherokee ISD [DOC]
Chester ISD New!
- Stats: No CP was recorded at Channelview High School from 2000 through 2010, but in 2011/12 the paddle was in use, 64 boys and 50 girls receiving spankings on one or more occasions.
China Spring ISD New!
- Stats: In 2006/07 no corporal punishment was recorded at Chillicothe High School, but during 2011/12, 17 boys and no girls were paddled.
Chireno ISD New!
Chisum ISD, Paris
City View ISD, Wichita Falls
Claude ISD New!
Colmesneil ISD New!
Colorado ISD [DOC] New!
Como-Pickton CISD (New URL)
Comstock ISD New!
- Stats: In 2006/07, 30 students (20b 10g) were spanked by this district's schools; by 2011/12, this had doubled to 64 boys and 2 girls.
- Stats: At this small school, 5 boys were paddled during 2009/10. This doubled to 10 boys in 2011/12.
Copperas Cove ISD
Cotton Center ISD
Coupland ISD New!
Cross Plains ISD New!
Crystal City ISD
Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD (New URL)
Decatur ISD New!
De Leon ISD
Denison ISD New!
Devine ISD New!
Dew ISD New!
D'Hanis ISD [DOC] New!
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
East Bernard ISD
East Central ISD
Eden CISD New!
Edinburg ISD New!
El Campo ISD (and see this April 2010 news item)
Era ISD New!
- Stats: At Elkhart High School in 2011/12, 36 boys and 2 girls were paddled on at least one occasion.
Etoile ISD New!
Eustace ISD New!
Fannindel ISD, Ladonia New!
- Stats: No CP was recorded at Fannindel High School in 2000/1. Ten years later in 2011/12, 15 out of 47 boys, and 2 out of 41 girls, received paddlings.
Flatonia ISD New!
Follett ISD [DOC]
Fort Elliott CISD
Fort Hancock ISD
Fredericksburg ISD (New URL)
Glasscock County ISD, Garden City New!
Glen Rose ISD New!
Gold-Burg ISD, Bowie
Goldthwaite CISD New!
Goodrich ISD New!
Gordon ISD New!
- Stats: No CP was recorded at Goodrich High School during 2006/07. Five years later, the next time the district was surveyed, the paddle was in use, with six boys and six girls spanked at the high school out of a student body of 29 boys and 39 girls.
Grady ISD New!
Graford ISD New!
- Stats: 13 boys and two girls were officially spanked at Grady School during 2011/12.
Grape Creek ISD, San Angelo
Greenwood ISD New!
Gregory-Portland ISD New!
- Stats: At Greenwood High School in 2011/12, 17 of the 260 boys (about 6 percent) received paddlings. No girls were paddled.
Groesbeck ISD New!
Gruver ISD [DOC] New!
Gunter ISD New!
Gustine ISD [DOC] New!
Hale Center ISD
Hallsburg ISD, Waco (and see this Aug 2005 news item)
Harmony ISD New!
Harper ISD New!
Hart ISD New!
Hartley ISD New!
Harts Bluff ISD New!
Hermleigh ISD New!
Hico ISD New!
Hidalgo ISD New!
High Island ISD [DOC] New!
Highland ISD New!
Hull-Daisetta ISD [DOC]
Hutto ISD New!
Iredell ISD New!
Irion County ISD [DOC]
- Stats: During 2011/12, 7 boys and 2 girls received at least one spanking at this small school of 76 boys and 73 girls.
Itasca ISD New!
Jacksboro ISD New!
Johnson City ISD New!
Jonesboro ISD [DOC]
Karnes City ISD
Kennedale ISD New!
- Stats: 17 boys and 2 girls were paddled at Kennard High School in 2011/12.
- Stats: Five students were paddled in 2000/01. This figure increased to 26 students in 2011/12.
Krum ISD (New URL)
Stats: Five boys and no girls were spanked on at least one occasion at Kress High School in 2009/10. This tripled to 11 boys and 5 girls during 2011/12.
La Feria ISD
Lago Vista ISD
La Grange ISD
Lake Dallas ISD
Lampasas ISD (New URL)
LaPoynor ISD, LaRue (New URL)
La Vega ISD
La Vernia ISD [DOC]
La Villa ISD
Leverett's Chapel ISD (click on "Handbooks")
Liberty-Eylau ISD, Texarkana
- Stats: 21 boys and 4 girls at Liberty-Eylau High School were paddled on one or more occasions during 2011/12.
Lingleville ISD [DOC]
Lipan ISD [DOC]
Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated ISD, Orange
- See also this May 2012 news item, which says there were 43 paddlings in this district in the first nine months of 2011/12, and this Aug 2012 report that the school board had decided not to abolish CP, and was considering doing away with the requirement for the person administering the punishment to be of the same sex as the student.
Lockhart ISD New!
- Stats: 72 boys and 11 girls at Livingston High School received a paddling on one or more occasions in 2011/12.
Lockney ISD New!
Lone Oak ISD New!
- Stats: During 2009/10, 10 boys were spanked at the K-12 Lohn School. Two years later, 21 boys and 4 girls received swats.
Loop ISD New!
Loraine ISD New!
Lorenzo ISD New!
- Stats: Loraine School did not record any use of CP during 2000/01. A decade later, when the district was next surveyed, the paddle had been (re-)introduced, and 15 out of 84 boys, and 5 out of 62 girls, were officially spanked.
Lueders-Avoca ISD [DOC]
Malta ISD New!
Marble Falls ISD
Mart ISD New!
Martin's Mill ISD
Martinsville ISD New!
Matagorda ISD New!
May ISD New!
Maypearl ISD New!
Memphis ISD (Note: This is Memphis in Texas, not the famous Memphis, which is in Tennessee)
Montague ISD New!
- Stats: 37 boys and 14 girls were paddled at Monahans High School on one or more occasions in 2011/12.
Moran ISD New!
Morgan Mill ISD
Morton ISD New!
Motley County ISD
Mt. Enterprise ISD
Mullin ISD New!
Murchison ISD New!