Every teacher is authorized to hold every pupil to a strict accountability for any disorderly conduct in school or on the playground of the school, or on any school bus going to or returning from school, or during intermission or recess. 


The Richland Parish School Board shall allow reasonable corporal punishment of unruly pupils.  If such punishment is required, it shall be administered with extreme care, tact and caution, and then only by the principal, assistant principal, or the principal's designated representative in the presence of another adult school employee.  At no time shall corporal punishment be administered in the presence of another student.  All school personnel and parents shall be fully informed of these provisions at the beginning of each school year.


Corporal punishment means using physical force to discipline a student, with or without an object.  Corporal punishment includes hitting, paddling, striking, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force that causes pain or physical discomfort.


Corporal punishment does not include:


  1. The use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint of a student to protect the student, or others, from bodily harm or to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object from a student.

  2. The use of seclusion and restraint as provided in La. Rev. Stat. Ann.  §17:416.21.


No form of corporal punishment shall be administered to a student with an exceptionality, excluding gifted and talented, as defined in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:1942 or to a student who has been determined to be eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and has an Individual Accommodation Plan.


The following guidelines shall apply to any use of corporal punishment:


  1. Except for those acts of misconduct which are extremely anti-social or disruptive in nature, corporal punishment should never be used unless the student is informed beforehand that specific misbehavior could occasion its use; and, subject to this exception, it should never be used as a first line of punishment.  Its use should follow specific failures of other corrective measures to affect student behavior modifi­cation.

  2. The principal or the designee shall punish corporally only in the presence of a second school employee, who should be informed beforehand of the reasons for the punishment.

  3. In cases where a student protests innocence of the offense or ignorance of the rule, a brief but adequate opportunity shall be provided for the student to explain his/her side of the situation.

  4. School principals, assistant principals or appropriate designees who have adminis­tered corporal punishment shall provide the child's parents or legal guardians, upon request, a written explanation of the reasons and the name of the school employee who was present as a witness.  For each incident of corporal punishment, a Corporal Punishment Incidence Checklist shall be completed and maintained in the administrative offices of the school.

  5. Corporal punishment shall be administered in the office of the principal, assistant principal or in such place or places as may be designated by the principal.

  6. The use of corporal punishment shall at all times be reasonable and proper.  Considerations in this regard shall include but not be limited to the following:


  1. Age of child;

  2. Size of child;

  3. Sex of child;

  4. Ability to bear the punishment; and

  5. Overall physical condition of the child.


  1. Corporal punishment shall not be administered in anger or with malice at any time. 

  2. Corporal punishment shall be administered by paddling the buttocks only.

  3. The size of the paddle used for corporal punishment shall be as follows:


  1. Paddle cannot exceed 6.36 MM (1/4 inch) in thickness for elementary school.

  2. Paddle cannot exceed 1.27 CM (1/2 inch) in thickness for senior high school.

  3. The width of the paddle will be from 10.16 CM to 15.24 CM (4 inches to 6 inches.)

  4. The length of the paddle will be 38.0 CM to 45.72 CM (15-18 inches.)


Nothing contained herein shall be interpreted as prohibiting an employee from using physical force, reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances, in defending himself/herself against a physical attack by a student or to restrain a student from attacking another student or employee, or to prevent acts of misconduct which are so anti-social or disruptive in nature as to shock the conscience.




Corporal punishment administered other than as outlined hereinabove shall be deemed and defined to be impermissible corporal punishment.  Any accusations involving employees using impermissible corporal punishment shall be promptly investigated as outlined in policy GAMC, Employee Investigations.


Revised:  March 11, 2008

Revised:  November 14, 2017



Ref:    U.S. Constitution, Amend. XIII

U.S. Constitution, Amend. XIV, Sec. 1

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81.6, 17:223, 17:416, 17:416.1, 17:416.21, 17:1942

Baker v. Owen, 96 S. Ct. 210 affirming 395 F. Supp. 294 (M.D.N.C., 1975)

Ingraham v. Wright, 97 S. Ct. 1401, (1977)

Board minutes, 3-11-08, 11-14-17


Richland Parish School Board