Alcee Hastings Calls for an End to Corporal Punishment in Schools
Corporal punishment is still legal in 19 states. In 2018, more than 100,000 students were physically punished in school by being hit, slapped, and spanked. Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL)wants to bring an end to this practice. “Corporal punishment is disproportionately used as a form of punishment for African American students, male students, and students with disabilities,” Hastings said. “Corporal punishment is an outdated, barbaric, and ineffective practice that has no place in our schools today.” In some states, including Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas, tens of thousands of students are paddled every year. The Ending Corporal Punishment In Schools Act would prohibit any educational institution that allows school personnel to inflict corporal punishment on students from receiving federal funding. “The time has come to end this practice once and for all. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the passage of this important legislation to make schools safe places where students can learn free from harm.” The bill was sent to the House Education and Labor Committee last week. So far, there is no companion measure over in the Senate. More here.