Strong majority against corporal punishment in schools - 188 participants

Oct 17, 2016

Although New Hampshire forbids corporal punishment in schools, nineteen states still allow school employees to use corporal punishment, such as paddling. Read more about this issue. On October 17, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow schools to administer corporal punishment?”

“Should NH allow schools to administer corporal punishment?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Corporal Punishment in Schools New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart


A total of 80% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 20% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 611 responses from 188 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 83%, did not support allowing schools to administer corporal punishment.

  • “School is meant to be a place of learning, not a place of violence.”
  • “If the child is incapable of peaceful interaction, then eject them from the school. Torturing them is not an answer.”
  • “Teachers already try to parent other people's kids too much.”

Yes: A minority, at 17% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported allowing schools to administer corporal punishment.

  • “When I was in school, I was taught that there is more than one use for a heavy ruler. I learned fast. I didn’t have to hold my hand out very often.”
  • “If more children today were spanked, then we wouldn't have the problems we are having with this generation. Teachers should be able to paddle—it teaches the child to respect what they are told and not to talk back. It teaches manners that they don't have now.”
  • “We need more public discipline and corporal punishment.”

Other: As noted above, 20% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Possible solutions to children’s delinquent behavior: “Why don't we start holding the parents financially and legally responsible for their kid's actions?”
  • General thoughts on spanking: “Violence begets violence.”
  • Parental supervision of school activities: “As a public, taxpayer-paid space, I absolutely agree that classrooms should be recorded and available to the administrators and parents.”

*Editor’s note: Other responses that did not indicate yes or no did not touch on other issues.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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