Mississippi Lawsuit Requests Ban on Paddling


Education Week reports that the paddling of a 16-year old male student in a Mississippi high school has prompted a lawsuit to ban paddling in the State.  The student alleges that he was struck twice on the buttocks with excessive force for looking at a camera that another student had brought to class.  About 30 states have banned paddling and it is rarely used in most of the states that still allow it.  According to the lawsuit, five southern states account for the majority of the 220,000 U.S. students paddled in the 2006-07 school year and Mississippi paddled 30,000 students or 7.5% of the total student population.  The lawsuit claims that 75% of students paddled are male and that African American students are paddled at a disproportionate rate to those of other students.

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