Corporal Punishment Of Schoolchildren Not ‘Cruel And Unusual’

1977

In Ingraham v. Wright, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to find that the Eighth Amendment bars punishment of schoolchildren by “paddling.” Based on the amendment’s history and its language – i.e., addressing “bail” and “fines,” as well as “punishment” more generally – the Court concludes that the amendment applies only to punishment of criminal offenses, not civil offenses such as breaking school rules.