HB 853 to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in North Carolina public schools
and PTAVE's letter to North Carolina legislators

March 15, 2007



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HOUSE DRH80169-LE-69 (1/31)

Short Title: Prohibit Corporal Punishment in Schools. (Public)

Sponsors: Representative Alexander.
Referred to:


AN ACT to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in the public schools.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 115C-391 reads as rewritten:

" 115C-391. Corporal punishment, suspension,Suspension or expulsion of pupils.students; corporal punishment prohibited.

(a) Local boards of education shall adopt policies not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitutions of the United States and North Carolina, governing the conduct of students and establishing procedures to be followed by school officials in suspending or expelling any student, or in disciplining any student if the offensive behavior could result in suspension, expulsion, or the administration of corporal punishment.suspension or expulsion. Local boards of education shall include a reasonable dress code for students in these policies.

The policies that shall be adopted for the administration of corporal punishment shall include at a minimum the following conditions:

(1)     Corporal punishment shall not be administered in a classroom with other children present;

(2)     The student body shall be informed beforehand what general types of misconduct could result in corporal punishment;

(3)     Only a teacher, substitute teacher, principal, or assistant principal may administer corporal punishment and may do so only in the presence of a principal, assistant principal, teacher, substitute teacher, teacher assistant, or student teacher, who shall be informed beforehand and in the student's presence of the reason for the punishment; and

(4)     An appropriate school official shall provide the child's parent or guardian with notification that corporal punishment has been administered, and upon request, the official who administered the corporal punishment shall provide the child's parent or guardian a written explanation of the reasons and the name of the second school official who was present.

Each local board shall publish all the policies mandated by this subsection and make them available to each student and his parent or guardian at the beginning of each school year. Notwithstanding any policy adopted pursuant to this section, school personnel may use reasonable force, including corporal punishment,force to control behavior or to remove a person from the scene in those situations when necessary:

(1)     To quell a disturbance threatening injury to others;

(2)     To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects on the person, or within the control, of a student;

(3)     For self-defense;

(4)     For the protection of persons or property; or

(5)     To maintain order on school property, in the classroom, or at a school-related activity on or off school property.

(a1)     Local boards of education shall adopt policies that prohibit both the administration of corporal punishment and the threat of corporal punishment.

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(h)     Notwithstanding any other law, no officer or employee of the State Board of Education or of a local board of education shall be civilly liable for using reasonable force, including corporal punishment,force in conformity with State law, State or local rules, or State or local policies regarding the control, discipline, suspension, and expulsion of students. Furthermore, the burden of proof is on the claimant to show that the amount of force used was not reasonable."

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2007-2008 school year.

March 15, 2007

Dear North Carolina Legislator:

Currently in North Carolina, the only people who can smack someone on the buttocks as part of their paid professional duties are prostitutes, porn stars and educators employed in schools that practice paddling.

Medical science has long recognized, and documented in great detail, how being struck on the buttocks can stimulate sexual feelings. Children of school age are especially susceptible. The tragic consequence for some who are subjected to this kind of maltreatment is that they form a connection between pain, humiliation and sexual arousal that endures for the rest of their lives.

We can never know how many innocent children have had their sexual development derailed by school paddlings. Any number is too many. If one puts all other considerations aside, this should be reason enough to support Rep. Martha Alexander's House Bill 853 to prohibit corporal punishment in North Carolina's schools.


Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir.,
Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE)
P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507; E-mail: riak@nospank.net

SEE RELATED: Ban Corporal Punishment North Carolina



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