CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Policy Code: 4355
No principal, teacher, substitute teacher, voluntary teacher, teacher assistant, student teacher, or staff member may use corporal punishment to discipline a student. Corporal punishment is any kind of punishment inflicted on the body, including, but not limited to, spanking, paddling, or slapping.
Notwithstanding the policy prohibiting the use of corporal punishment as a means of discipline, school personnel may use reasonable force to control behavior or to remove a person from the scene in these situations when necessary:
- a. To quell a disturbance threatening injury to others;
- b. To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects on the person or within the control of a student;
- c. For self defense;
- d. For the protection of persons or property; or
- e. To restrain or correct students or otherwise maintain order.
LEGAL REF: G.S. 115C-391, State Board Policy #SS-A-007