Tennesseans for Nonviolent
School Discipline


1997-98 Corporal Punishment
in Tennessee Public Schools


United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights



This information was obtained from the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Compliance Survey. 81 of Tennessee's 138 local school districts were surveyed for the 1997-98 school year. The Tennessee Department of Education collects no information regarding corporal punishment in any Tennessee schools. The Davidson County Metro School System collects data on corporal punishment in their district and releases it to the public each year. In 57 schools districts in Tennessee, we have no available information regarding the rates of corporal punishment for the 1997-98 school year.

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 on individual schools in the districts listed above is available upon request from Tennesseans for Nonviolent School Discipline. The Office for Civil Rights randomly surveys Tennessee public schools every two years. Results of the 1999-2000 survey will be available in 2002.

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


District Number of
Students Paddled
Percentage of
Student Enrollment
Cocke County
809
16.3%
Decatur County
210
11.0%
Giles County 567 11.0%
Jackson County 274 16.7%
Lake County 139 12.7%
Lauderdale County 972 18.3%
Lincoln County 474 11.2%
Obion County 607 13.8%
Richard City 40 11.8%
Tipton County 2,120 21.6%
Trenton City 191 12.3%
Trousdale County 193 14.6%
Union City 279 18.2%
Weakley County 567 10.4%


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


District Number of
Students Paddled
Percentage of
Student Enrollment
Bedford County 377 5.9%
Benton County 148 5.2%
Coffee County 327 7.3%
Cumberland County 672 9.4%
Dekalb County 144 5.0%
Dickson County 450 5.4%
Dyer County 256 6.9%
Dyersburg City 220 6.1%
Fayetteville City 80 6.8%
Hardeman County 346 7.0%
Henry County 348 9.7%
Humphreys County 203 6.2%
Jackson/Madison 1,328 9.1%
Johnson County 180 7.0%
Lawrence County 657 9.2%
Lewis County 174 8.5%
Macon County 183 5.1%
Marshall County 375 7.5%
McMinn County 457 7.4%
McNairy County 243 5.6%
Memphis City 12,039 9.5%
Milan City 161 7.1%
Paris City 83 5.0%
Tullahoma City 322 8.8%
Unicoi County 242 8.5%
West Carroll 118 9.3%


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


District Number of
Students Paddled
Percentage of
Student Enrollment
Anderson County 23 0.3%
Athens City 36 1.8%
Bells City 13 3.4%
Bristol City 38 0.1%
Carter County 230 3.4%
Cheatham County 102 1.5%
Claiborne County 58 1.1%
Clay County 9 0.7%
Cleveland City 148 2.9%
Franklin County 134 2.1%
Greene County 335 4.7%
Hamilton County 411 0.8%
Hardin County 133 3.1%
Hickman County 168 4.5%
Kingsport City 82 1.2%
Lexington City 8 0.8%
Maury County 175 1.3%
Metro Nashville 1,103 1.4%
Montgomery County 199 0.8%
Murfeesboro City 21 0.4%
Newport City 40 4.9%
Putnam County 363 3.5%
Roane County 2 0.03%
Robertson County 349 3.3%
Rutherford County 613 2.4%
Sequatchie County 32 1.7%
Sevier County 360 2.9%
Shelby County 1,118 2.2%
Smith County 133 4.2%
Sumner County 900 3.6%
Warren County 121 1.8%
Washington County 276 3.1%
Wilson County 310 2.5%


Districts Reporting 0
Students Received Corporal Punishment


Alcoa City Blount County Franklin City
Johnson City Knox County Maryville City
Oneida City Williamson County


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