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Nearly 100,000 K-12 Students Still Spanked or Paddled at School, Data Show

The percentage of U.S. K-12 students who are physically punished in schools continues to drop, but nearly 100,000 children were still spanked or paddled in school in 2015-16, and black students are still disproportionately on the receiving end of the practice.

The overall number of students receiving physical discipline represents an 8 percent decline from 2013-14 when under 110,000 students were spanked or paddled. There's been no real change in the number of schools using physical discipline—about 4,000, mostly in the rural South—but the practice seems to be turning up in new states. Twenty-three states identified cases of corporal punishment in 2015-16, up from 21 in 2013-14—Minnesota and Wisconsin had schools that used this discipline in the latest collection, even though it is illegal in both states.


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