BAN CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN US SCHOOLS

BAN CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN US SCHOOLS

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Maddy Sherbet started this petition to AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION and

In Ingraham v. Wright (1977), The United States Supreme Court decided that the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, did not apply to students. As a result, corporal punishment in schools is still legal in 19 states (Source: BBC).

Black children and children with disabilities are disproportionately affected. In the 2013-2014 school year, Black students made up 15% of all school students, but more than 22% of those who received corporal punishment (Source: BBC). In the 2006-2007 school year, children with disabilities made up 19% of those who received corporal punishment, but only 14% of the student population (Source: ACLU).

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