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 N to Z
(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.
- Nacogdoches ISD (New URL)
This district previously operated a parental "opt-in" system for CP rather than the more common "opt-out" method, but has changed from 2016/17 to the opt-out system. It no longer seems to be specified that there is a maximum of three swats, and a same-sex requirement.
Nacogdoches ISD had earlier allowed paddling to fall into disuse, without formally abolishing it, but a decision was taken to revive it in August 2012. Campus administrators said they were now "glad that corporal punishment is an option" ("Guidelines created on corporal punishment", The Daily Sentinel, 21 Aug 2012, not currently on line but see this Facebook page).
- Neches ISD
Not to be confused with Port Neches-Groves ISD.
Stats: No paddlings were recorded at the High School during 2000/01 or 2004/05, but 20 boys and 5 girls received swats on one or more occasions in 2011/12.
- Nederland ISD
Placement at the Alternative Education School is a punishment for middle- and high-school students who would otherwise be potential candidates for expulsion. While there, students must conform to a very strict list of rules, the violation of which may incur corporal punishment.
At Central Middle, cheerleaders who receive corporal punishment "will be penalized".
Paddling at C.O. Wilson Middle School is "with parental consent" -- it is not clear whether this means separately on each occasion.
See also news reports from Aug 2008 and March 2012 and May 2012.
Stats: 108 students were paddled in this district in 2011/12 -- 73 of them boys in grades 9 through 12.
- Needville ISD
For minor (level I) infractions, CP may be substituted for detention. "This decision will be made by the teacher assigning the detention." This is the High School handbook; the other schools in the district use broadly similar wording.
- New Boston ISD
In the pan-district board policy, a same-sex requirement for CP applies only in grades 6 through 12.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), for parents not wishing the paddle to be used, merely signing and sending in the form will not suffice: they must deliver a separate handwritten letter in person to the school office.
- New Braunfels ISD
Stats: New Braunfels High School recorded zero CP during 2000/01; five boys paddled in 2006/07; 10 boys paddled in 2009/10; but 37 boys paddled in 2011/12. No girls were paddled during any of the years surveyed. No students were paddled in 2009/10 or 2011/12 at any of the district's elementary schools. The increase in CP at the high school coincided with a decrease in the use of in-school suspension, suggesting a deliberate policy reorientation towards spanking for the older male teens.
- New Home ISD
Here, corporal punishment "does not require parental consent", but if parents opt out of CP the student may be suspended or sent to DAEP. "Any student receiving four or more tardies will receive corporal punishment". This is a significant switch towards CP since a previous version, in which five or more tardies meant three days of ISS. Also, "A third dress code offense will result in the student being given sweats to wear and corporal punishment."
- Newton ISD
At the Elementary School, "3 swats" is an alternative to detention at steps 2, 3 and 4 of the discipline process.
Student athletes may be spanked by coach. Students whose parents do not agree with this "should not be involved in athletics". The student must sign a form stating "If I do happen to make a poor decision, I can accept the consequences of my behavior". See this Sep 2014 news item explaining that coaches need to be able to paddle errant athletes "because they can't take time out of practice to make them flip tires or run laps".
Stats: During 2011/12, 65 boys and 22 girls at Newton High received swats.
- North Lamar ISD, Paris
At the High School, for a second offense of cell phone use, in addition to having the device confiscated, "student will have a choice of corporal punishment or after school detention". A similar choice applies for a second dress code violation, and a fifth tardy.
Frank Stone Middle School offers CP for a second or third dress code violation.
Stats: 18 boys and 6 girls were paddled at North Lamar High School in 2011/12.
- North Zulch ISD New!
"Swats" are a possible consequence for Level I and Level II offenses. Also, "One day of ISS or one swat" is specifically mentioned as a punishment for profanity.
Stats: In year 2011/12, 57 boys and 20 girls were paddled on one or more occasions.
- Oakwood ISD New!
In a provision not seen elsewhere, "Parents shall have no right to witness the administration of
- O'Donnell ISD
The high-school band has its own discipline policy. "Disciplinary problems occurring in a band class or on a band function will be handled through the band office." The second of a list of consequences is "Swats or in-school suspension".
- Olfen ISD, Rowena (New URL)
"Refusing corporal punishment may result in escalation towards other forms of discipline: suspension, DAEP, expulsion or revocation of transfer."
- Olney ISD
A same-sex policy introduced here in 2011 was abolished in 2015.
- Olton ISD
The Athletic Handbook states that CP is one of the penalties that sports coaches may mete out to team members for minor offenses, separately from any action taken by the school administration. This is fairly new: the 2011 version of the Athletic Handbook did not mention corporal punishment at all.
- Onalaska ISD [DOC]
Here are two different "Discipline Management Charts", one for grades Pre-K through 6 and the other for grades 7 through 12. Corporal punishment features heavily in both of them, but especially at secondary level. In the upper grades there are 20 separate offenses listed for which a paddling may be the consequence, either two or three swats. In most cases this is an alternative to In-School Suspension, where 5 days in ISS is equivalent to three paddle swats, or to after-school detention, where both 5 and 10 days' ASD generally equates to two swats, and fifteen days to three swats.
There is special provision for tardies. For the 3rd and 4th tardy the punishment is 5 days' detention or two swats; for the 5th and 6th tardy, it is 10 days' detention, or three swats (the CP option in this case is a newly added provision), or 3 days in ISS. From the 7th tardy onwards it is just 3 days in ISS.
- Orangefield ISD
"Corporal punishment can be administered" is a new addition to the consequences listed for misbehaving student athletes.
Stats: According to this May 2012 news item, there were 103 paddlings here in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
- Ore City ISD
Interesting policy differentiation here: at the Middle School parents must explicitly opt in if they assent to CP, while at the High School, consent is assumed unless the parents opt out.
- Overton ISD
Athletes may be spanked for violating the team rules.
- Paducah ISD
A same-sex requirement for CP was abolished here in 2012. The student should have the opportunity to say if there is any family or medical reason why he/she should not receive corporal punishment.
The class information page for Math says "On the 3rd occurrence of not finishing your assignment, you will be sent to the office for ISS or swats".
- Palestine ISD
A paddling is the first consequence for violations of expected conduct by student athletes. There is a form which the athlete must sign: "By signing this agreement I am agreeing to all discipline policies including corporal punishment".
- Panhandle ISD New!
Stats: During 2000/01 paddling was in use in all of this district's schools. In line with the trend in many other districts in the early years of the last decade, no students were spanked during 2004/05, the next year the district was surveyed. The next time the district was surveyed, 2011/12, both the elementary school and the junior high retained their non-use of CP, but the paddle had returned to the high school: 15 boys (no girls) received swats on one or more occasions. This is a trend recently seen in a number of Texas districts, to refrain from paddling younger students but to provide it for older teens if they so choose.
- Panther Creek CISD, Valera
Corporal punishment is particularly mentioned as a penalty for boys with hair untidy or too long or who are unshaven.
See also this Feb 2012 news item.
- Paradise ISD
The Board Policy states that, if the staff member delivering the spanking is not of the same sex as the student, the official witness must be. This change was made in 2012.
Stats: During 2009/10, 15 boys at Paradise High School received swats on one or more occasions. There was a modest increase to 23 boys paddled during 2011/12. No high-school girls received swats in either year. At the elementary school, two students were paddled during 2011/12, and six at the middle school.
- Paris ISD
CP here is limited to paddling, and not, as it is worded at most Texas schools, "paddling or spanking".
It is no longer spelled out, as it was in previous years, that students are always given the opportunity to choose between corporal punishment and some other penalty.
Paris (formerly Travis) Junior High has simplified its procedure for tardies. Now, at the second tardy per semester, students are offered a choice between one day's lunch detention and an unstated number of paddle swats (earlier versions specified two). Subsequent tardies to school no longer involve the possibility of CP. However, tardiness to ISS results in "a choice of two swats or an additional ISS assignment".
The (senior) High School has the same provision for tardies to school, except that paddling comes into play at the first, not the second, tardy per semester.
See also this Oct 2012 news item, which clarifies that students in grades K through 12 may be paddled, and that the relevant PISD employees are trained in how to administer it -- important but rarely mentioned.
Stats: 257 students were paddled in Paris ISD schools in 2011/12, up from 180 two years earlier.
- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD
Students in all grades here are offered the opportunity to be spanked instead of going into ISS for a first offense of insubordination or profanity/disrespect. More generally, CP may also be administered for disobedience, leaving without permission, refusal to accept discipline, fighting, threats, harassment, extortion, vandalism, stealing, tobacco, weapons, cheating, dress and grooming violations, gambling, skateboards, public display of affection, eating sunflower seeds, etc.
Stats: At Crockett Middle School, 322 students (68% of the total enrollment) were paddled in 2011/12.
- Petrolia CISD
Teachers, and not only principals or coaches as in many Texas district, may administer the paddle, but "the campus principal, Athletic Director, or head football coach must approve all corporal punishment".
- Pettus ISD
Here, the semester exam exemption policy requires the student not to have had any swats.
Sports team members are encouraged to opt for a paddling instead of in-school suspension: "When an athlete is assigned to ISS, his/her absence to the athletic period will be unexcused, and an athletic punishment will occur. [...] In most cases, administration will allow a student to take corporal punishment in place of a day of ISS. If the student chooses this option, he/she will not miss the game, because he/she will not miss the team bus."
Stats: In school year 2009/10, 25 boys were paddled on one or more occasions. Two years later the use of paddling had been extended to female recipients, and had more than doubled: in 2011/12, 46 boys and 13 girls received CP. As in many Texas school districts, CP is more frequently used at the secondary than at the elementary level. In 2011/12, only 4 boys and 2 girls were spanked at the elementary school.
- Pine Tree ISD, Longview
At secondary level, in addition to the general language, CP is particularly specified for a second minor bus offense (e.g. eating or chewing gum on the bus).
At the Middle School, only the campus administration may provide CP. "Paddles are not permitted in the classrooms."
In athletics, "corporal punishment and/or possible suspension may be given for any conduct offense"; this explicitly applies to girls as well as boys.
This Feb 2007 news report quoted a Pine Tree ISD spokesperson as saying that in practice CP was hardly ever used. But this Sep 2014 news item shows that, seven years later, the paddle was back in full swing: there were 109 spankings in 2013/14.
- Pittsburg ISD
Stats: 53 boys and 16 girls at Pittsburg High School received paddlings in 2011/12, up from zero in 2006/07. Another example of a Texas high school that has reinstated paddling in recent years.
- Plains ISD (New URL)
The Athletic Handbook notes that coaches may spank athletes who exhibit disrespect or violate athletic policies, but never in anger and only with a witness. The only alternative to CP mentioned in this context is extra work.
- Plainview ISD
The student may be given a choice between paddling and other punishments.
"Corporal punishment (2 swats)" is an option for a first offense of misconduct by members of sports teams.
- Pleasanton ISD
Note the section headed "Eighteen-year-olds":
Eighteen-year-olds are considered adults and are accorded the rights of adulthood. However, eighteen-year-olds enrolled in the Pleasanton Independent School District are also "students" and are subject to all rules and regulations of other students as long as they are enrolled in Pleasanton High School. If a student is eighteen or older and still residing with the parent, the parent will be required to sign all school documents.
This implies that even if an 18-year-old thinks that he or she is "too old" to be spanked, the school is allowed to paddle unless the parents have signed the opt-out form.
- Prairie Lea ISD
Here is an unusual provision: "The District does not use corporal punishment as a corrective action, however, space will be provided to parents and legal guardians requiring a private conference area in order redirect their children".
- Prairiland ISD, Pattonville
During 2006/07, only five boys and no girls received spankings at Prairiland High School. Within five years, administrators had decided to be much more assertive with the use of the paddle: 61 boys and 11 girls were spanked out of the 350 students at this high school (grades 9 through 12) in 2011/12, giving an annual "CP rate" of 21%.
Due to a change in the policy for encouraging students to be on time, even more spanking may be happening now. During 2011/12, the first three tardies brought no punishment, the fourth and fifth tardies brought morning detention, and the sixth tardy brought Saturday school. A special provision was introduced for 2012/13. Now for the fifth and sixth tardies, the punishment is "one lick or detention". The seventh and eighth tardies (presumably per semester) bring "2 licks or Saturday School". (The use of the word "licks" is fairly unusual in Texas, where strokes of the paddle are normally called "swats".)
The separate handbook for the Junior High School does not mention CP for tardies at all, only detention. Although there are more elementary students than high-school students in the district, during 2011/12 there was more CP at the high school than at the two elementary schools combined. Prairiland, like several other places recently in Texas, appears to recognize not only that more frequent use of "licks" can improve high-school student behavior, but also that a paddle may be a more suitable discipline tool for young men and women than it is for young children.
- Pringle-Morse ISD, Morse
This district consists of a single K-8 school. An unusual feature is that the form included at page 59, on which parents either grant or withhold permission to administer CP, provides space for a list of all a family's students and requires each student him- or herself to sign the relevant box, whether yes or no.
- Queen City ISD
At the Middle School, CP may be administered for Level I offenses but evidently not for anything more serious.
At the High School, any paddling must be expressly approved by the principal. The parent must then sign a written consent document -- apparently separately on each occasion.
- Rains ISD, Emory
A previous requirement that the person inflicting CP be of the same sex as the student was deleted in 2011, enabling female students to be spanked by male staff, and vice versa.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), paddling is limited to a maximum of three swats. Also here, but not at the other schools in the district, explicit provision is made for repeatedly tardy students to be paddled. The third tardy per semester brings "two after-school detentions or one swat"; the fourth, "four after-school detentions or two swats".
The Intermediate School (grades 3 through 5) and Elementary School handbooks merely state that CP may be used.
Student athletes guilty of discipline violations at level one (most offenses apart from the most serious) receive "conditioning or corporal punishment (swats)" whether in or out of season. This is for things like "improper locker etiquette", profanity, or missing workouts. "Conditioning" seems to mean physical exercises.
- Reagan County ISD [DOC]
The pan-district handbook offers parents a form with three choices: approval of CP, prohibition of CP, and approval "BUT only if I am notified first".
The Athletics document instructs members of sports teams that, if the principal offers them a choice between ISS and corporal punishment, they must take the spanking, because "When an athlete is in ISS, they are not able to go to practice".
Stats: The Campus Improvement Plan for the High School discloses that, in 2013/14, 37 students in 9th grade were spanked, 50 in 10th grade, 40 in 11th grade, and 40 in 12th grade -- a total of 167 recipients of CP, or 74% of the student population of 226 in this small district. This is up from zero in 2000/01 and from 47 in 2011/12 (federal statistics), making Reagan County one of a number of Texas school districts that have recently been bucking the overall trend of decline in CP use.
Liable to paddling by the Athletic Director: high-school boys at Rising Star
- Rising Star ISD
This handbook has the unusual provision that "The athletic director, under the advisement of the principal, may paddle/spank male junior high and high school students". This sentence was newly added for 2015/16, possibly because the present high-school principal is female while the athletic director is male.
The Faculty Handbook says "Corporal punishment will be used when necessary". The discipline notice must be signed by all persons present.
- Roby CISD
For athletes, failure to comply with the training rules "may result in corporal punishment". This consists of "one to three swats with a board witnessed in the principal's office".
- Roosevelt ISD, Lubbock
"All students are subject to the corporal punishment policy" except where parents have notified the principal in writing within a week of enrollment.
Stats: 22 boys (out of 156) and no girls were paddled at the High School in 2011/12.
See also this Feb 2012 news item.
- Roscoe ISD
Parental permission is not necessary before the administration of CP. However, every effort will be made to inform parents of it after the event.
Stats: 11 boys and no girls were paddled on one or more occasions during 2011/12 at Roscoe Collegiate High School. Meanwhile, this Nov 2014 news report mentions that the district as a whole has an annual "CP rate" of 25%.
See also this Feb 2006 news item.
- Rotan ISD (New URL)
Paddling may be used for Level 1 and Level 2 violations, but not levels 3 or 4 (the most serious). It is also the only penalty mentioned for a fourth and fifth tardy per six-week period.
- Sabine ISD, Gladewater
At the High School, corporal punishment may occur at steps 3 or 4 (but not both) of the 10-step Discipline Procedure.
The Middle School handbook says that CP is used only for Level 1 offenses (the least serious).
See also this Sep 2014 news item.
- Saint Jo ISD New!
"An unexcused tardy 1st period can result in an immediate discipline assignment", which can include corporal punishment.
- Salado ISD
CP may be used in grades 7 through 12 -- that is, at the Junior and Senior High Schools but not at the intermediate or elementary schools. This is de facto true of a number of Texas school districts, but it is unusual for it to be put in writing.
- Santo ISD [DOC]
At the High School, Step Two of the Discipline Management Plan is after-school detention (2 days) or corporal punishment. Step Three is after-school detention (3 days) or corporal punishment. Tardies generally result in after-school detention but, from the sixth one onwards, "Additional tardies will be dealt with according to the overall discipline record of the student. The punishment for this could include any of the following: multiple days of Saturday School, corporal punishment, suspension, or AEP placement."
- Schleicher County ISD, Eldorado
At Eldorado High, corporal punishment features in the policy against the use of cellphones and other electronic devices. A fourth such offense brings a fine of $15 (for the return of the confiscated phone), plus either one day of after-school detention (ASD) or 1 swat; a fifth offense $15, plus 2 days' ASD or two swats; a sixth $15, plus one day of Saturday School or three swats, plus loss of open campus privileges for two weeks. A seventh such offense incurs a $15 fine plus 3 days' ISS or six swats, to be given as two swats per day for 3 days.
The same punishments apply to a third, fourth, fifth and sixth dress code/grooming violation, respectively. A similar scheme is in place for tardies.
The Middle School (grades 5 through 8) has corporal punishment in general, but offers no specific scheme of escalating swats as at the High School.
"Corporal punishment as a choice" is one of the discipline techniques applied to student athletes. "If a player is disrespectful to a coach, teacher, or administrator, or is in violation of athletic policies, he or she will be disciplined. This discipline may be extra physical work and/or corporal punishment."
Stats: At the High School in 2011/12, a total of 13 students, all male, received a paddling on at least one occasion. The total male student enrollment was 72, for an annual "CP rate" for young men of 18% at this very small grade 9-12 school.
- Scurry-Rosser ISD, Scurry
This handbook states that corporal punishment may be used "at all campuses" (emphasized in bold). Since there are only three campuses -- elementary, middle and high -- this is a way of saying that students in all grades 1 through 12 may be paddled.
Stats: No CP was recorded at Scurry-Rosser High School in 2000/01. A decade later, this had changed, 39 boys receiving spankings on one or more occasions. Also in 2011/12, at the Elementary School, two boys were paddled; at the Middle School, 19 boys and 5 girls.
- Seminole ISD
At the High School, CP may be administered to students who fail to show up for an assigned lunch detention, or for Wednesday detention.
At the Junior High, "swats" are a consequence for a second or third tardy per six-week period.
Corporal punishment is the standard consequence for Seminole athletes who commit "minor offenses" such as inappropriate language, "violation of training room policies", or absence from training. For the first such violation, the penalty is simply 1 swat. For the second, the student-athlete receives 2 swats and must sign a behavioral contract. On the third occasion, he or she receives a further 2 swats and there is a parent conference. Parents have to sign off on these rules. If they request no paddling, the student must instead "run 2 miles with a tire", increased by 2 miles for each subsequent offense.
- Seymour ISD
Same-sex requirement "to the extent circumstances allow" (unusual wording) in the pan-district board policy document.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), CP is now particularly mentioned as a penalty for unauthorized use of communications devices. A first such offense brings one swat or one day of ISS. "The parent will also be notified of the incident so they can determine the punishment." For a second offense the consequence is two swats or 2 days' ISS and the parent must come to retrieve the phone at the end of the school day. "Again, when the parent is notified, they will help determine the punishment." A third phone offense results in three swats or 3 days in ISS.
Stats: During 2011/12, 17 boys and no girls received swats at Seymour High School. However, more recent local information suggests that the high school does now paddle girls too.
- Shiner ISD
Students failing to meet the dress and grooming code "will be subject to ISS, swats, suspension, etc.".
The Code of Conduct includes the form for opting in or out of CP, which the student him- or herself must sign as well as the parent. This latter requirement was new in 2014.
- Slocum ISD, Elkhart
Stats: At Slocum High School (grades 6 through 12), during the 2011/12 school year, 45 boys and 14 girls were paddled on one or more occasions, out of a student population of 228. Overall that is a 26% rate average, but for boys it is higher: 45 out of 106 students means that 42% of the boys were spanked that year.
- Smithville ISD
"Administrator and parent must mutually agree to the use of corporal punishment before this disciplinary technique is administered."
- Somerville ISD
Paddlings are meted out by the Principal. A parental "opt-in" form must be on file beforehand, and the parent is notified before each instance.
Stats: 18 students (9b 9g) were spanked at the High School in school year 2011/12.
- Sonora ISD
A same-sex requirement previously in the Board Policy document was deleted in Feb 2014.
At the High School, using a cell phone inside the building "will result in automatic ISS placement or swat [sic] and administrative fee".
- Southland ISD (New URL)
There is a maximum of three swats per day per student. Parents are contacted beforehand.
- Southside ISD
Here, CP is an available consequence for offenses of both Stage I (tardiness, truancy, insubordination, plagiarism, and minor first incidents of inappropriate public display of affection) and Stage II (profanity, vandalism, hazing, and repeated minor incidents of public display of affection).
- Spearman ISD [DOC]
"Any use of corporal punishment will be documented on a district form. The principal or a designee will inform the parent when corporal punishment is used."
- Spring Hill ISD, North Longview
The Junior High School "uses corporal punishment as part of the regular discipline management system".
See however this Sep 2014 news item, which states that Spring Hill allows CP only at the primary level.
- Springlake-Earth ISD New!
"Parents who choose not to allow corporal punishment as a disciplinary management technique agree to immediately pick up their child when contacted by district staff." Furthermore, if the school decides on suspension in lieu of corporal punishment, each day of out-of-school suspension requires four days of after-school tutorials for makeup work, on each day of which the parent is responsible for picking up the student at 4:30 pm. This must be a powerful incentive for the parent to allow paddling.
In August 2016 this district abolished a same-sex requirement for CP.
Stats: During 2011/12, six boys and four girls were paddled at Springlake-Earth High School out of an enrollment of 51 boys and 50 girls.
- Springtown ISD
The board policy was updated in light of the events described in this Sep 2012 news item (with video clip) and its follows-up later the same month (with video clip). The requirement (inadvertently breached at Springtown High School) that the paddler must be of the same sex as the student has been deleted, and now it is permissible for a man to spank a girl or a woman to spank a boy, provided there is a witness of the same sex as the student. Also, each instance of CP must now be specifically authorized in writing by a parent, a fairly rare stipulation in Texas. Another odd rule here is that no student may receive CP on more than one occasion per semester.
See also this Sep 2007 news item (with video clip), and this March 2011 news item, which reported that the paddle had been deployed 103 times in the previous seven months, mostly at the student's choice, and that CP was not being used at the elementary level.
- Stamford ISD
New for 2015 at the High School, CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for a first offense of academic dishonesty.
The Middle School stresses (bold type and underlined) that if parents object to CP, which they must do in writing annually, the result may be DAEP or ISS. "In such cases, the parent or guardian will be notified by telephone and required to come to the school to confer about appropriate discipline. By denying corporal punishment, the principal's options for disciplinary consequences are limited." Also, a student accumulating excessive detentions may arrange to have them "paddled off" at the rate of one swat per day of detention.
- Sterling City ISD
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy document.
The junior/senior high school handbook stipulates (Appendix III) that "corporal punishment or removal from school" is the response to a second, third or fourth dress code violation. A paddling is also the first-mentioned penalty for all minor infractions: one swat or one day's suspension for the first offense, 2 swats or 2 days for the second, and 3 swats or 3 days for each of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th offenses.
- Sudan ISD
At the Elementary School, "Corporal punishment may be administered only by the
principal in the principal's office". Parents who "feel strongly against" the use of CP "may document their wishes for another means of corrective measure to be used". A form, "Request for Discipline Methods Including Corporal Punishment", is provided at the end of the handbook: "Please check and sign if you do or do not wish for corporal punishment, or swats, to be issued to your child/children when needed or appropriate, which is determined only by the Principal".
At the High School, somewhat unusually for Texas nowadays, "Corporal punishment will not be used to replace ISS". (The handbook at one point mistakenly states that written permission must be on file before CP can be used. In fact this refers to a piece of draft legislation that was never implemented. Elsewhere in the book, the correct information is given -- that the paddle may be applied UNLESS a written objection is submitted.)
- Sulphur Springs ISD
"Corporal punishment (paddling)" is one of the "authorized corrective measures" here.
Stats: 94 boys were paddled in the 2009/10 school year at the High School (grades 9 through 12), and no girls. That de facto sex-discrimination policy has now ended: local sources report that the school introduced paddling for girls in early 2014, following a survey of students which asked, "Should girls be allowed to get swats?".
- Sundown ISD
The pan-district Code of Conduct discusses CP at length on page 23. It also says (pages 7-9) that, for gross misconduct such as drug or alcohol use, students are removed to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for a period determined by the principal, and required to undergo counseling. For a fourth such offense, in addition to a further period of DAEP and intense counseling, the consequences can include "periods of suspension, extra work, and corporal punishment". It is very unusual in America for CP to be regarded as a suitable response to drug and alcohol use.
Students at the High School (grades 9-12) are informed that teachers "are considered your parents during the school day" and must therefore be obeyed. Any student "who chooses to be truant for one or more class periods, tutorials or assemblies" is subject to one of a list of penalties, the first of which is "swats with a paddle".
The Teacher Handbook notes that spankings should preferably be delivered by the principal in his office.
The Middle School handbook (grades 6-8) is unusual for a mainstream Texas public school in stating that corporal punishment is to be carried out "by either an administrator or parent". Students sent to the principal's office for the first time are given a choice of one day's after-school detention or one paddle swat. For fighting, the minimum punishment is 2 days' ISS and/or 2 swats. For the fourth and fifth tardy in a six-week period, it is one swat or 3 days' lunch detention; for the sixth, one swat or after-school detention; for the seventh, two swats or 3 days' ASD.
Students placed in Saturday School or ISS, or given the option of swats instead of ISS, may not participate in activities or rewards given for that six-week period such as assembly programs, picnic in the park, 8th grade movie night, etc.
Stats: 13 boys and 4 girls were spanked at the High School during 2011/12, an increase from zero in 2009/10. 27 male and 13 female students were spanked at the Middle School in 2011/12. This too is an increase from zero two years previously.
- Sunray ISD
Parents may refuse swats by notifying the school in writing. "The refusal will remain
in effect for the entire school year for every disciplinary action requiring corporal punishment.
ASD (after school detention) will be given in place of corporal punishment." This is a change from earlier versions, where the alternative to a paddling was three days' ISS. There is a maximum of three swats per incident.
Under the discipline guidelines, CP may be administered for a large number of offenses including contraband, defiance, disrespect, classroom disruption, horseplay, insubordination, and much more. Also, student motorists are spanked for illegal parking or careless driving ("includes speeding down Bobcat Road").
Stats: No CP was recorded at Sunray High School during 2000/01. In 2011/12 (the next year the district was surveyed), 21 boys and 2 girls in grades 9 through 12 received an official spanking on at least one occasion.
- Sweeny ISD
At the High School, there is a "Discipline Hierarchy" for office referrals for Category I and II offenses, all of which occur within the classroom. This includes things like disruptive behavior, disobeying class rules, and insubordination. If the offense is serious, the student is to be referred to the office immediately. The consequence for Offenses 5-10 in these categories are corporal punishment, suspension or ISS assignment. CP is also offered, as a choice instead of school service or Saturday detention, for a second Category IV offense. These are minor offenses that occur outside the classroom such as being in the hallway without a pass, sitting in the hallway, or public display of affection. There is no mention of paddling for major offenses.
Roughly similar arrangements are in force at the Junior High.
For student athletes, one of the "discipline options" is "corporal correction if allowed by the parent or guardian". The document pleads with parents to allow it: "We would like to have the option to use corporal punishment ... Due to the nature of this discipline, we would use corporal punishment in place of physical punishment. We would always allow your child the option to choose. Due to the amount of time it takes to notify parents, we will not be calling you prior to administering the punishment." CP is specifically mentioned for athletes guilty of talking back, using tobacco products, and tardiness; this is new for 2015.
The form that parents are required to sign (page 21) states "I will (will not) allow my son/daughter to receive corporal punishment in athletics".
At page 19 is the "Written Reprimand Form", the second "Consequences" tickbox in which is labeled "Corporal punishment", followed by others relating to being suspended for a number of games, etc. The Student-Athlete has to sign this form below the line "I agree to do my part to follow the requirements of this reprimand". The form is also to be signed by the Head Coach and the Athletic Director. It is the latter who performs the spanking.
Stats: 106 boys and 6 girls received swats in this district in 2011/12.
- Sweetwater ISD
An unusual feature here, explicitly stated for the High School as well as the elementary and middle schools, is that "Parents may be summoned to witness corporal punishment". CP may be administered by the principal, assistant principal or a teacher, but it must be carried out in the principal's office.
At the High School (grades 9 through 12), a first referral to the office means one day in OCS (on-campus suspension, i.e. ISS) or three swats; a second referral, either 3 days' OCS or one day OCS plus 3 swats; a third referral, either 5 days' OCS or 2 days' OCS plus 3 swats. Note that the wording in each case is "three swats", not "up to three swats": this appears to be a high school where, if you choose a spanking, you automatically receive three swats.
A three-swat paddling plus increasing amounts of OCS is also the penalty for a 9th, 10th and 11th tardy to school in a six-week period. "Tardy reports will be run at the end of each week and the students consequences will be served the following week."
The Middle School book has the general CP provisions but does not list specific amounts of it, nor does it offer a paddling choice for tardies.
Stats: No student received CP at the High School in 2009/10, while 80 students had to serve OCS. Two years later, 38 boys and 21 girls were paddled in grades 9 through 12, while the number of students placed in OCS declined by 56% to 35.
- Tatum ISD
See this Sep 2014 news item, in which a Tatum ISD spokesman said CP was used 22% of the time and that "it does work for some students". Only 5% of parents chose exemption from CP.
See also this Sep 2012 article from Tatum Middle School's student newspaper, which includes a picture of the then-new paddle.
Stats: During 2009/10 at Tatum High, 25 boys and no girls were paddled on one or more occasions. Two years later, the school had tripled its use of CP, and extended it to girls: 54 boys and 20 girls were spanked on one or more occasions.
- Tenaha ISD
This is one of the minority of Texas districts that call paddle strokes "pops" rather than "swats". It is firm on lateness: "The school cannot function smoothly unless everyone is at his assigned place at the proper time [...] Tardiness will result in disciplinary action to the offending student". This includes one pop or one day's ISS for a 5th tardy, and two pops or two days' ISS for a 7th tardy.
- Terrell County ISD
"At the discretion of the principal, a student may opt for corporal punishment in lieu of d-hall." Female students are to be paddled by female staff "where possible". The witness must be merely a "District employee" and not necessarily a "professional employee" as in most districts.
- Throckmorton ISD [DOC]
The punishment for a second tardy is 1 swat or 2 hours in Saturday School (SS); for a third, 2 swats or 4 hours' SS; for a fourth, 3 swats or 6 hours' SS.
- Tidehaven ISD, El Maton
Tidehaven used to feature on this page a decade and more ago, but CP had fallen into disuse by 2006. It is now restored: in the 2011/12 school year at the High School (grades 9 through 12), 53 boys and 45 girls were officially paddled, for an annual "CP rate" of 48%.
As at a growing number of schools, the form for opting into or out of CP must be signed by the student as well as the parent. No doubt one benefit of this is that the student then knows his or her parent's decision.
Failure to abide by the dress and grooming code "will be subject to disciplinary action (I.S.S., swats, suspension etc.)".
At the elementary schools, students undergoing ISS or corporal punishment automatically receive a "U" (unsatisfactory) for that six-week period.
- Timpson ISD
At the Elementary School, CP is to be administered "in the principal's office or in an area that is not in the line of sight of other students". It may be applied for dress code violations and also for a second bus discipline offense.
The Middle School specifies that paddling may be applied for repeated dress code violations.
At the High School, too, CP is a possible penalty for dress code violations. It is no longer specifically mentioned as a punishment for tardiness.
- Tom Bean ISD
Same-sex requirement in the pan-district policy manual.
New in 2014/15, the Middle and High schools have added the provision that the principal will administer CP only on request of the parent or the student. "When corporal punishment is administered as a substitute for SAC, three swats are given for one day of SAC. No more than one day can be substituted."
- Trinidad ISD
Parking or driving violations are Level 1 offenses for which a student motorist will receive parental contact and a paddling on a first offense. Public display of affection is a Level 2 offense incurring "Corporal Punishment or Zero d-hall" on a first offense. These are both available as "Staff Issued Consequences," i.e. they can be assigned by the teacher who witnesses the offense.
Also, Trinidad ISD has modified its discipline chart. Students may now be spanked as an Administration Consequence for "Not referring to a staff member or adult with a proper title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, Coach, etc.)" and for "Refusal or neglect to reply to a staff member/adult as 'sir' or 'ma'am'." CP is also available as an Administration Consequence for "Disrupting the singing of the school song." Both the required conduct, and the consequences, were new in 2014/15.
For threatening behavior towards other students, and for horseplay, paddling is now specified for the first, second, third and all subsequent violations.
- Trinity ISD
Corporal punishment is specifically mentioned as a penalty for a fourth, fifth or sixth tardy. This is a new provision, and applies at all grade levels from elementary through high school.
See also this Aug 2015 news item reporting that for 2015/16 the school board had decided to make more use of the paddle at the middle and high schools, subject to written permission from parents.
- Troup ISD
A same-sex requirement for the witness in earlier versions of the pan-district policy document has now been deleted (April 2015).
The High School handbook no longer contains, as earlier versions did, a form for parents and students to "opt in" to CP. Parents must now make a written request on their own initiative if they want their son or daughter exempted from CP.
The Extra-curricular Code of Conduct -- which the student him- or herself must sign, as well as the parent -- covers all sports and also activities like band, choir, FFA and others. It applies at all times, including during summer vacation. "Violations of these standards of behavior that are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in a student being disciplined under both standards." One of the consequences (chosen by the coach/sponsor) of both Category A and Category B offenses -- i.e. all offenses -- is "Corporal punishment in the form of strenuous exercise and/or paddling" (an unusual form of words which many will feel extends the definition of CP much too far). Parents are notified of all violations that result in a paddling.
- Troy ISD
For athletes, corporal punishment is mentioned in particular as a penalty for minor cases of hazing.
- Tyler ISD
The rules here have been revised. Formerly they said that the paddle must be of wood or plastic, not more than ¼" by 3" by 18", with a maximum of three swats. All that language has now gone, and the only provision about the instrument to be used is that it must "meet District specifications", but we are not told what these are. A same-sex stipulation is new, as also a requirement that parents must be contacted beforehand for each separate spanking.
See also this Nov 2005 news item, reporting that the school board had considered the question of CP and decided to keep it, and this Aug 2008 report that the matter had once more been considered and that again it had been decided to retain the paddle.
- Tyler County Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (New URL)
Nothing to do with Tyler ISD (see previous item), TCDAEP is a "discipline campus" in Woodville operated on behalf of five ISDs: Chester, Colmesneil, Spurger, Warren and Woodville. It is "the last step before expulsion". There are strict rules: "We do not want you to want to be here. DAEP is not a fun place".
Both the student and his or her parent must sign the acknowledgment form that includes: "We are aware and understand that one of the provisions in the TCDAEP Handbook Discipline Code indicates that Corporal Punishment may be an option exercised by the TCDAEP Administrator".
- Van ISD
Corporal punishment may be administered for "minor" and "intermediate" misbehavior but not for major offenses.
Stats: No CP was recorded in 2000/01. But in 2011/12, spankings were meted out to 43 boys and 9 girls.
- Van Vleck ISD
"Corporal punishment not to exceed two swats" is a consequence here for Level One and Level Two behaviors, but not for more serious ones.
- Veribest ISD
This latest version of the handbook no longer includes a "Corporal punishment consent form" which had to be signed by the student as well as the parent.
- Victoria ISD
This school district in 2014 abolished a requirement that paddling had to be done by a staff member of the same sex as the student.
Stats: In 2011 corporal punishment was introduced for the first time at Mitchell Guidance Center, a 6-12 alternative high school where "no form of violence or disrespect is tolerated", and 86% of the students there were paddled on at least one occasion in 2011/12. Perhaps as a result, the number of assignments to ISS in the district fell by 50% between 2009 and 2011.
See also this Oct 2014 news item and this companion piece.
- Vidor ISD
In late 2015 this district abolished a same-sex requirement for CP.
At the Junior High School, paddling may be administered in lieu of ISS or Special Assignment Class, except in the case of fighting. This substitution may be made only once (per semester? it is not made clear).
The High School and Middle School handbooks state merely that corporal punishment is available. They no longer explicitly provide that students may choose between a spanking and some other punishment.
However, the Faculty and Staff Handbook says: "Students may be given the opportunity to receive corporal punishment in lieu of other discipline".
Other schools in this district mention that they use CP, but give no details.
Stats: This May 2012 news item says there were 224 paddlings at Vidor schools in the first nine months of 2011/12. In the previous whole year there were 133 CP instances at Vidor High School alone (grades 9 through 12), mostly for either "insubordination" or excessive tardies.
- Wall ISD
Corporal punishment (page 38) is available for offenses at Level I, II and III (pp.18-21). It is particularly mentioned in connection with tobacco use (p.58). Also, although the standard punishment for dress code violations is detention, boys "who continually violate the shirt tail policy" -- which is that it has to be tucked in -- may be paddled (one lick per infraction) (p.7).
- Warren ISD
This is one of those Texas districts that allows ordinary teachers to paddle, not just administrators. "Corporal punishment will be used to discourage infractions of the Student Code of Conduct." In particular, it is available for third and subsequent violations of the dress code and for the second through sixth tardies, as well as for high-school students who park their cars in the teachers' parking lot.
- Water Valley ISD
Parents are contacted before each paddling.
Stats: At Water Valley High School, 15 boys and no girls received one or more paddlings in 2000/01. In 2004/05 through 2009/10, no CP was recorded. Then the paddle returned: during 2011/12, 13 boys and 2 girls were spanked on one or more occasions.
- Waxahachie ISD
Corporal punishment is an "appropriate disciplinary consequence" for Class I, II and III offenses. It is not mentioned in relation to the most serious offenses (Class IV or V). In an earlier version, it was only for Class I and not Class II or Class III, so the scope for paddling has much increased. Efforts will be made to contact the parents beforehand.
- West ISD
"Each incident [of CP] must be documented with signatures of both employees involved and student acknowledgement on a referral."
- West Orange-Cove CISD
Stats: According to this May 2012 news item, there were 102 paddlings here in the first 9 months of school year 2011/12, but federal statistics now reveal that these were all at the elementary and intermediate schools. The High School did not use CP for many years, but had resumed doing so by 2014/15, according to local sources.
- West Sabine ISD
The handbook says, in bold type and underlined, "All students attending West Sabine ISD will be subject to Corporal punishment (paddling). Corporal punishment will be used to discourage infractions of the Student Code of Conduct."
In addition to being available generally, CP is specifically mentioned for tardies, at the High School campus only. The second and third tardies attract one after-school detention per tardy or a paddling. For the 4th, 5th and 6th tardies the penalty is one day of Saturday school or a paddling.
As an appendix at the end of the document comes the Athletic Handbook, which states that "Athletes will be administered corporal punishment or conditioning for minor infractions".
- Wheeler ISD [DOC]
Stats: This is yet another Texas district where official figures show that the CP rate has risen sharply in recent years, against the national trend. During school year 2009/10, only five students were paddled. In 2011/12 this figure rose to 94 students.
- Whitney ISD
The registration packet for the High School (grades 9 through 12) includes a Corporal Punishment Consent Agreement whereby parents may "opt in", but no opt-out alternative is provided.
At the Middle School (grades 6 through 8), "Pops in lieu of ISS will solely be at the discretion of the Principal".
- Wildorado ISD [DOC] New!
Students who violate the dress code are offered corporal punishment. In addition to being spanked, the student "will stay in ISS until a parent/guardian can bring appropriate clothing". Students who are "not allowed to have swats" must stay in ISS for the whole day. "If the violation occurs after lunch then the student will begin the next day of school in ISS and will be released after lunch." These provisions were new in 2015.
- Wills Point ISD New!
This district adopted a same-sex requirement for paddling in 2011 but abolished it a year later.
At the High School, "Parental consent will be received prior to the administration of corporal punishment". Students are not allowed to choose a spanking instead of detention.
- Wink-Loving ISD
See Slide 9 of the PowerPoint presentation, where Mrs Abbott tells her 7th- and 8th-graders that they may receive swats for any disciplinary referral.
See also this Mar 2011 news report, which refers to middle- and high-school students at Wink receiving 3 days' ISS and three swats for certain offenses.
- Winnsboro ISD New!
Only the principal or assistant principal may administer CP, and parents are to be informed by letter on each occasion.
At the High School, a choice of ISS or a paddling is the consequence for a 4th, 5th or 6th tardy per nine-week period.
- Woodville ISD
The Registration Forms include a "Corporal punishment statement" that both the student and his or her parent must sign. The statement has them acknowledge that, in order to opt a student out from CP, the parents must submit a written statement to the principal. No form for doing this is provided, so they have to compose their own letter.
In the athletic program, "physical activity and corporal punishment" are the only two disciplinary actions before suspension.
- Yoakum ISD
The (senior) High School confirms that CP may be used, but gives no details. The latest discipline referral form includes CP as one of the "Action Taken" options; this did not appear in the 2012 or earlier versions.
At the Junior High, "swats" are specifically mentioned as a punishment for five or more tardies.
At the intermediate school, "Teachers and administrators will work with the child to find effective discipline management techniques ... Such actions for the child might include ... accepting corporal punishment." Parents who ask that CP not be used must agree to pick up the student "should he/she need this type of punishment".
- Zephyr ISD
The "Zephyr Discipline Schedule" in this Code of Conduct specifies "Swats" for numerous offenses, including as an alternative to after-school detention for all first-time Category 2 offenses such as profanity or inappropriate behavior, and as an alternative to lunch detention for some Category 1 offenses on the first, second or third occasion.
- The following Texas public schools (school districts N to Z) also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details beyond one or other version of the Texas School Boards Association model text (CP "is restricted to spanking or paddling the student" and shall be administered with an approved instrument, etc. 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:
- Stats: No official spankings were recorded at Navasota High School (grades 9 through 12) during 2006/07 but by 2011/12, the next year the district was surveyed, the school had introduced the paddle, with 18 boys and 2 girls receiving CP that year.
New Caney ISD
New Diana ISD
New Waverly ISD
Normangee ISD New!
- Stats: 5 high-school boys were paddled during 2000/01. This increased to 17 boys (and no girls) during 2011/12. The district was not surveyed during the intervening years.
North Forest ISD
Northside ISD-Wilbarger County, Vernon (not to be confused with Northside ISD in San Antonio) New!
Nueces Canyon CISD
Orange Grove ISD New!
Paint Creek ISD
Palacios ISD (New URL)
Palo Pinto ISD New!
Patton Springs ISD New!
Penelope ISD New!
Perrin-Whitt CISD New!
Petersburg ISD New!
- History: See this Nov 1998 news story in Perryton High School's magazine about a then new tardy policy called "three or three" -- a choice between three days' suspension or three swats.
Pewitt CISD New!
- Stats: Petersburg School gave nine boys swats during 2011/12.
Pharr - San Juan - Alamo ISD
Pleasant Grove ISD New!
- Stats: Pewitt High School paddled 40 boys and 12 girls in 2011/12, slightly up on 2009/10 (35 boys and 5 girls).
Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD New!
Ponder ISD New!
Port Arthur ISD (New URL)
Port Neches-Groves ISD
- Stats: See news items from March 2012 and May 2012 -- 90 paddlings in the first 9 months of 2011/12.
Prairie Valley ISD New!
Premont ISD New!
- Stats: 13 boys and 2 girls received swats at Prairie Valley High School in 2011/12.
Priddy ISD [DOC] New!
Quinlan ISD New!
Quitman ISD (New URL)
Ranger ISD [DOC]
Richards ISD New!
Richland Springs ISD New!
Rio Grande City CISD
Rio Vista ISD
Riviera ISD New!
Robert Lee ISD New!
Robstown ISD New!
Rochelle ISD New!
- Stats: 8 of the 92 boys, and no girls, were spanked at Rochelle School during 2011/12.
Rocksprings ISD New!
Roma ISD New!
Ropes ISD[DOC] New!
Roxton ISD [DOC] New!
- Stats: During 2011/12 at Ropes School, 15 boys and 2 girls received spankings.
- Stats: Roxton High School recorded no CP during 2000/01. A decade later the paddle was in use: 20 of the 106 boys, and 6 of the 90 girls, received corporal punishment.
Royse City ISD New!
Rule ISD New!
S&S CISD, Sadler New!
Sabinal ISD New!
Sabine Pass ISD New!
Saltillo ISD New!
Sam Rayburn ISD [DOC]
- Stats: Ten boys and no girls were spanked during 2011/12, or eight percent of the boys enrolled at this small school.
San Angelo ISD
San Augustine ISD
San Benito CISD
Sands CISD [DOC]
San Isidro ISD
San Felipe del Rio CISD
San Perlita ISD
San Saba ISD (New URL)
Santa Rosa ISD
Savoy ISD New!
Shepherd ISD New!
Sidney ISD[DOC] New!
Sierra Blanca ISD [DOC] New!
Sivells Bend ISD [DOC]
Slaton ISD [DOC]
- Stats: 25 boys and no girls were paddled on at least one occasion at Smyer High School in 2011/12.
Somerset ISD (this is a reinstatement following abolition in 2010)
- Stats: 10 boys and no girls received swats in 2011/12.
Southwest ISD, San Antonio
Spur ISD New!
- Stats: During 2000/01, 10 boys and no girls were paddled at Spur School. A decade later (the next time the district was surveyed) this had increased to 45 of the 146 boys and 14 of the 143 girls.
Stanton ISD [DOC] New!
Stephenville ISD New!
- Stats: During 2011/12, 9 of the 114 boys, and no girls, were paddled at Stanton High School.
Stratford ISD New!
- Stats: During 2004/05, no CP was recorded at Stratford High School. In 2011/12, the next year the district was surveyed, the paddle had been introduced and 8 of the 104 boys enrolled received swats.
Taylor ISD New!
Texarkana ISD (Texas)
Thorndale ISD New!
Thrall ISD New!
Tioga ISD New!
Tolar ISD New!
Trent ISD New!
Tulia ISD New!
Union Hill ISD
Utopia ISD New!
- Stats: In 2011/12 at Union Hill High School, 12 boys and two girls were paddled on one or more occasions.
Uvalde CISD New!
Valley Mills ISD New!
Valley View ISD
Vega ISD New!
Venus ISD (New URL)
Vernon ISD New!
- Stats: 32 boys and 7 girls received a spanking on one or more occasions at Venus High School in 2011/12.
Walnut Bend ISD [DOC]
West Hardin County CISD
West Oso ISD
West Rusk County CISD
White Deer ISD (New URL)
Whiteface ISD New!
White Oak ISD
White Settlement ISD (New URL)
- Stats: 11 boys and 5 girls were paddled at Whiteface High School in 2011/12.
Wichita Falls ISD New!
Wilson ISD New!
Windthorst ISD New!
Winters ISD New!
Wolfe City ISD New!
Yorktown ISD New!
Zapata County ISD
- Stats: During 2011/12, 47 boys and 11 girls at Zavalla High School were spanked on one or more occasions, out of a total student population of 221 boys and 227 girls.