Policy - 4630 Use of Force and Corporal Punishment in the Course of Staff Supervision of Students

While recognizing that students may require disciplinary action in various forms, the School Board cannot condone the use of unreasonable force and fear as an appropriate procedure in student discipline.

Professional staff should not find it necessary to resort to physical force or violence to compel obedience. If all other means fail, school administration may always resort to removal of the student from the classroom or school through suspension or expulsion procedures.

Professional staff as well as support staff, within the scope of their employment, may use and apply reasonable force and restraint to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to others, to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon or within the control of the student, in self-defense, or for the protection of persons or property.

When an employee inflicts unnecessary, unreasonable, irrational, or inappropriate force upon a student, s/he may be subject to discipline by this Board and criminal assault charges as well.

Corporal punishment shall not be permitted.

If any employee threatens to inflict, inflicts, or causes to inflict unnecessary, unreasonable, or inappropriate force upon a student, s/he may be subject to discipline by this School Board and possibly criminal assault charges or be reported to authorities for child abuse. This prohibition applies as well to volunteers and those with whom the Corporation contracts for services.

Revised 12/94
Revised 6/28/04
Reviewed 3/1/13

I.C. 20-26-5-4
I.C. 20-33-8-8 to 11
Ingraham v. Wright, 430 U.S. 651 (1977)
State v. Fettig, 884 N.E. 2d 341 (Ind. App. 2008)
Barocas V. State, 949 N.E. 1256 (Ind. App. 2011)
Littleton v. State, 954 N.E. 2d 1070 (Ind. App. 2011)

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