Bid to ban spankings in La. schools fails

Southwest Louisiana’s eight Republican state representatives voted against a bill that would ban paddling and other forms of corporal punishment in public schools. The legislation failed, 48-49, five votes short of the 53 majority needed.

Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, RMetairie, is sponsor of House Bill 324. With some exceptions, current law grants local school boards discretion in the use of corporal punishment for other students.

Corporal punishment is prohibited for students with exceptionalities (except gifted and talented students) and for students who are eligible for rehabilitation services.

Current law defines corporal punishment to mean the use of physical force that causes pain or discomfort to discipline a student, not including seclusion or restraint under certain circumstances.

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