Every teacher is authorized to hold every student to a strict accountability for any disorderly conduct in school or on the playground of the school, or on any school bus going to or returning from school, or during intermission or recess.
The Bossier Parish School Board shall allow reasonable corporal punishment of unruly students. If such punishment is required, it shall be administered with extreme care, tact and caution, and then only by the principal, assistant principal, or the principal's designated representative in the presence of another adult school employee. At no time shall corporal punishment be administered in the presence of another student. All school personnel and parents shall be fully informed of these provisions at the beginning of each school year.
The use of any form of corporal punishment is prohibited in any public school unless the student's parent or legal guardian provides written consent for the use of corporal punishment in a document created by the state Department of Education solely for such purpose. Such consent applies only to the school year in which it is given.
No form of corporal punishment shall be administered to a student with an exceptionality as defined in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:1942 or to a student who has been determined to be eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and has an Individual Accommodation Plan. However, the parent or legal guardian of a student who is gifted and talented and has no other exceptionality may authorize the use of corporal punishment as otherwise provided by this policy.
Corporal punishment means using physical force to discipline a student, with or without an object. Corporal punishment includes hitting, paddling, striking, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force that causes pain or physical discomfort.
Corporal punishment does not include:
The use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint of a
student to protect the student, or others, from bodily harm or to
obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object from a student.
The use of seclusion and restraint as provided in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:416.21.
The following guidelines shall apply to any use of corporal punishment:
Except for those acts of misconduct which are extremely anti-social
or disruptive in nature, corporal punishment should never be used
unless the student is informed beforehand that specific misbehavior
could occasion its use; and, subject to this exception, it should
never be used as a first line of punishment. Its use should
follow specific failures of other corrective measures to effect student
behavior modification. Corporal punishment shall be used
only as a last resort for students with significant behavior problems
and only within the guidelines provided.
The principal or the designee shall punish corporally only in
the presence of a second school employee, who should be informed beforehand
of the reasons for the punishment. Such punishment shall
be administered in the office of the principal or such places as may
be designated by the principal.
In cases where a student protests innocence of the offense or
ignorance of the rule, a brief but adequate opportunity shall be provided
for the student to explain his/her side of the situation.
School principals, assistant principals or appropriate designees
who have administered corporal punishment shall provide the child's
parents or legal guardians, upon request, a written explanation of
the reasons and the name of the school employee who was present as
a witness. For each incident of corporal punishment, a
Punishment Incidence Checklist shall be completed and maintained
in the administrative offices of the school.
The use of corporal punishment shall at all times be reasonable and proper. Considerations in this regard shall include but not be limited to the following:
Age of child;
Size of child;
Sex of child;
Ability to bear the punishment; and
Overall physical condition of the child.
Corporal punishment shall not be administered in anger or with
malice at any time.
Corporal punishment shall be administered by the use of an appropriately sized paddle on the buttocks only.
Nothing contained herein shall be interpreted as prohibiting an employee from using physical force, reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances, in defending himself/herself against a physical attack by a student or to restrain a student from attacking another student or employee, or to prevent acts of misconduct which are so anti-social or disruptive in nature as to shock the conscience.
IMPERMISSIBLE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
Corporal punishment administered other than as outlined hereinabove shall be deemed and defined to be impermissible corporal punishment. Any accusations involving employees using impermissible corporal punishment shall be promptly investigated, in accordance with provisions of policy GAMC, Investigations.
Revised: February 15, 2018
Revised: August 3, 2023
Ref: U.S. Constitution, Amend. XIII
U.S. Constitution, Amend. XIV, Sec. 1
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81.6, 17:223, 17:416, 17:416.1
Baker v. Owen, 96 S. Ct. 210 affirming 395 F. Supp. 294 (M.D.N.C., 1975)
Ingraham v. Wright, 97 S. Ct. 1401, (1977)
Board minutes, 2-15-18, 8-3-23
Bossier Parish School Board