Corporal Punishment Still An Option In Many Valley Schools
POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 9:26am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:57am
HIDALGO COUNTY - A majority of states have outlawed corporal punishment in schools, but Texas is not one of those states.
Many Valley parents remember the days when a paddle or ruler was used for discipline in school. But today corporal punishment rarely seen. And almost every Valley school district said they haven't turned to the punishment in years.
"No McAllen ISD hasn't utilized corporal punishment I'd say about 15 to 20 years, and in the 12 years that I have been doing discipline, 8 years that I have been overseeing discipline, the school district has not utilized corporal punishment at all," said John Wilde, McAllen ISD.
But if you look at many of the Valley school districts handbooks, corporal punishment is still and option.
"In Mission CISD, while it is in board policy as something that can be used, district administration generally discourages the use of corporal punishment because of the issues that it can raise," said Craig Verley, Mission CISD.
Here are a list of the Hidalgo County School Districts and links to their student handbooks: