2001-2002 Corporal Punishment
in Tennessee Public Schools

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68 of Tennessee's 136 local school districts were surveyed for the 2001-2002 school year by the U.S. Department of Civil Rights. The Tennessee Department of Education collects no information regarding corporal punishment in any Tennessee schools.

Projections from the Office for Civil Rights indicate that 37,419 students were paddled in Tennessee public schools during the 2001-2002 school year:

8,422 (22.5%) female
28,997 (77.5%) male


38 (0.1%) American Indian or Alaskan Native
62 (0.2%) Asian or Pacific Islander
253 (0.7%) Hispanic
18,279 (48.8%) Black, Not of Hispanic Origin
18,787 (50.2%) White, Not of Hispanic Origin


In the systems with the highest rates of corporal punishment, some individual schools report up to 48%of the student enrollment received corporal punishment. Even in school districts with relatively low percentages of corporal punishment, only one or two schools may be responsible for the numbers of students paddled in that district making rates of corporal punishment extremely high in those schools.

Information for individual schools in the districts listed below is available upon request from Tennesseans for Nonviolent School Discipline. The Office for Civil Rights surveys Tennessee public schools every two years.



Districts Reporting 0 Students
Received Corporal Punishment


Blount County Franklin Special Greeneville City Harriman City
Knox County Lenoir City Murfreesboro Putnam County
Stewart County Union County


Districts Reporting Less than 5% of
Student Enrollment Received Corporal Punshment


Districts Reporting Less than 5% # Of Students Paddled
2001-2002
Percentage of Enrollment
2001-2002
Alamo City 10 2%
Bradley County 290 3.2%
Campbell County 235 3.9%
Cheatham County 45 0.6%
Chester County 105 4.3%
Crockett County 40 2.3%
Dyersburg City 5 0.1%
Etowah City 5 1.3%
Franklin County 280 4.7%
Grainger County 5 0.2%
Hamblen County 25 0.3%
Hamilton County 525 1.2%
Hardin County 140 3.7%
Hawkins County 145 2%
Humboldt City 50 3.1%
Jackson-Madison Consolidated 300 2.2%
Jefferson County 230 3.3%
Johnson City 10 0.1%
Maury County 60 0.5%
McMinn County 275 4.7%
Morgan County 20 0.6%
Nashville-Davidson County 120 0.2%
Rhea County 60 1.6%
Robertson County 125 1.3%
Rutherford County 585 2.1%
Sevier County 180 1.5%
Shelby County 595 1.3%
Sullivan County 345 2.7%
Warren County 110 1.8%
Washington County 200 2.4%
Wilson County 290 2.4%


Districts Reporting 5-10% of
Student Enrollment Received Corporal Punishment


Districts Reporting 5-10% # Of Students Paddled
2001-2002
Percentage of Enrollment
2001-2002
Bedford County 365 5.3%
Bells City 40 10%
Bledsoe County 125 7%
Cocke County 425 9%
Cumberland County 430 6.3%
Dekalb County 150 5.3%
Fayetteville City 70 6.6%
Fentress County 215 9.2%
Hardeman County 285 6.3%
Henry County 210 6.3%
Huntingdon Special 85 6.4%
Lawrence County 510 7.5%
Marion County 245 6%
Milan City 185 8.9%
Perry County 75 6.6%
South Carroll 30 7.5%
White County 220 5.6%


Districts Reporting More than 10% of
Student Enrollment Received Corporal Punishment


Districts Reporting More than 10% # Of Students Paddled
2001-2002
Percentage of Enrollment
2001-2002
Fayette County 355 10.3%
Haywood County 915 24.5%
Lauderdale County 675 14.8%
Marshall County 745 15.5%
Memphis City 13820 11.8%
Monroe County 530 10.3%
Overton County 455 14.1%
Polk County 285 10.9%
Tipton County 1490 14.6%
Trousdale County 165 12.7%


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Information compiled and published by Tennesseans for Nonviolent School Discipline from the OCR Elementary and Secondary School Survey 2002

www.forkidsake.org