History Of Corporal Punishment

The Rod Spoils the Child


Nineteen (19) states legally permit corporal punishment in schools. Youth leaders at Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC)  & members of the Mississippi Coalition to End Corporal Punishment have developed a policy that eliminates corporal punishment and implements effective alternatives and started to examine existing policies around corporal punishment throughout the State of Mississippi. 

According to Mississippi House Bill 1096, “...."corporal punishment" means the reasonable use of physical force, or physical contact or the application of swats with a wooden paddle to the clothed posterior of a student by a teacher, assistant teacher, principal or assistant principal, as may be necessary to maintain discipline, to enforce a school rule, for self-protection or for the protection of other students from disruptive students.”  

    According to Holmes County School District “Corporal Punishment, as defined by Miss. Code Ann. '37-11-57(2), of a student is permitted as a disciplinary measure in order to preserve an effective educational environment which is free from disruption and is conducive to furthering the educational mission of the board.”


Corporal Punishment is not new. In fact it can be traced directly to slavery.

The physical violence of slavery included whipping, beating, branding, and shackling, served to humiliate them, break them, and keep them in control. Even after slavery up until today, many black parents have discipline their children by giving them a “whoopin” or a beating. That was the traditional way that many children were raised. Spare the rod and spoil the child, they say.