Outline of the state of Minnesota

Corporal Punishment

Corporal Punishment

State law prohibits the use of corporal punishment for disciplinary purposes without exception.

Minnesota Statutes 121A.58 Corporal punishment

Subdivision 1.  Definition. For the purpose of this section, “corporal punishment” means conduct involving:

  • (1)  hitting or spanking a person with or without an object; or
  • (2)  unreasonable physical force that causes bodily harm or substantial emotional harm.

Subd. 2.  Corporal punishment not allowed. An employee or agent of a district shall not inflict corporal punishment or cause corporal punishment to be inflicted upon a pupil to reform unacceptable conduct or as a penalty for unacceptable conduct.

Subd. 3.  Violation. Conduct that violates subdivision 2 is not a crime under section 645.241, but may be a crime under chapter 609 if the conduct violates a provision of chapter 609.

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Student Maltreatment Information Sheet

Document provides guidance on reporting suspected student maltreatment, including corporal punishment.

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