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Recent legislation passed by the General Assembly gives the power to Local Education Agencies to determine how the corporal punishment law will be administered in their jurisdictions.
The author provides background information for the investigation of physical punishment and offers general suggestions as to how a well-organized investigation should be conducted.
Most states have moved toward statutory bans on corporal punishment or allowing local education boards to prohibit the practice in their areas. At one time North Carolina was the only state that did not ban or allow the local boards to prohibit corporal punishment; however, a new amendment will change this.
In light of two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affirming the constitutionality of the use of corporal punishment in public schools, parents and school officials in North Carolina may wonder what safeguards remain to ensure that excessive or abusive disciplinary measures are not used in the classroom.