Vermont - Corporal Punishment: Prohibitions or Restrictions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Vermont Statutes 16 V.S.A. § 1161a. Discipline

(b) For the purpose of this chapter, corporal punishment means the intentional infliction of physical pain upon the body of a pupil as a disciplinary measure.
(c) No person employed by or agent of a public or approved independent school shall inflict or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment upon a student attending the school or the institution. However, this section does not prohibit a person from using reasonable and necessary force:

  • (1) to quell a disturbance;
  • (2) to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon the person of or within the control of a student;
  • (3) for the purpose of self defense; or
  • (4) for the protection of persons or property.
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