Action for Children is pleased to present our newest publication, Corporal Punishment in Public Schools: Some Surprises, Continuing Shame.
The report analyzes the Department of Public Instruction’s inaugural data release about corporal punishment in North Carolina schools and highlights some uncomfortable truths about who gets hit in our public schools. Findings indicate:
- Robeson, McDowell and Columbus schools account for 87 percent of all corporal punishment in North Carolina.
- Although American Indian students comprise less than 2 percent of the entire student population, they receive roughly 35 percent of all corporal punishment in NC schools. Almost all incidents of corporal punishment involving American Indian students during the 2010-2011 school year occurred in just one district, Robeson County.
- One year after the General Assembly enacted legislation allowing parents of students with disabilities to opt their child out of receiving corporal punishment, the data show these students received more than one in every five uses of corporal punishment.