Corporal punishment -- most often, paddling -- can cause deep bruising or other lasting physical or mental injury. Furthermore, it creates a violent, degrading school environment in which all students -- and particularly students with disabilities -- may struggle to succeed.
According to a new report by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch, students with disabilities -- who have a right to appropriate, inclusive educational programs that give them the opportunity to thrive -- are subjected to corporal punishment at disproportionately high rates. Read the ACLU’s report here.
The use of corporal punishment in US public schools must end. There are positive, non-violent approaches to school discipline that have been proven to lead to safe environments in which children can learn.
Take action here.
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