Massachusetts School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Corporal Punishment

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Massachusetts School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Corporal Punishment

Category: Conditions on Use of Certain Forms of Discipline
Subcategory: Corporal Punishment
State: Massachusetts

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ALM GL ch. 71, § 37G. Corporal punishment of pupils prohibited; use of physical restraint; regulations.

(a) The power of the school committee or of any teacher or any other employee or agent of the school committee to maintain discipline upon school property shall not include the right to inflict corporal punishment upon any pupil.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not preclude any member of the school committee or any teacher or any employee or agent of the school committee from using such reasonable force as is necessary to protect pupils, other persons, and themselves from an assault by a pupil. When such an assault has occurred, the principal shall file a detailed report of such with the school committee.


603 CMR 18.05. Required policies and procedures.

(5) Behavior Support.

(e) No student shall be subjected to abuse or neglect, cruel, unusual, severe or corporal punishment, including the following practices:

1. Any type of physical hitting or pain inflicted in any manner upon the body;

2. Requiring or forcing the student to take an uncomfortable position such as squatting or bending or requiring or forcing the student to repeat physical movements when used as punishment;

3. Punishments which subject the student to verbal abuse, ridicule or humiliation;

4. Denial of visitation or communication privileges with family;

5. Denial of sufficient sleep;

6. Denial of shelter, bedding, food or bathroom facilities.

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