Hitting Punishments At School Lawyers

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Can a Teacher Ever Hit a Student?

Generally, school authorities may use hitting as a disciplinary measure if:

The burden is on the student to show that the hitting was not reasonable.

Which States Allow Hitting?

The states allowing corporal punishment or hitting of students are:

If you do not live in one of these states, you might be able to sue the school and the teacher regardless of their reasons because the state has chosen to ban all forms of hitting as discipline.

What Does "Disciplinary Reasons" Mean?

Disciplinary reasons means that a student may only be hit in order to punish or prevent a serious offense. Examples of this include:

What Does "Cruel and Excessive" Mean?

Cruel and excessive is a term without a clear definition, but in this case teachers can only punish students as far as their offense. Nearly every school district will lay out the suitable punishments. In general, any hitting that leaves marks such as cuts or bruises is excessive.

When is Hitting a Student "Reasonable"?

A court will consider many factors to determine if hitting a student was justified enough to be reasonable. These factors include:

 

Do I Need an Attorney If My Child Was Hit At School?

Many states have banned hitting altogether because it can cause psychological damage and is almost never the only effective way to discipline a child. If you live in a state that has not banned hitting but have been hit, consult an attorney if you feel you have been wronged. A good attorney will be able to help protect your rights.

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Last Modified: 09-08-2010 03:10 PM PDT

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