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New Jersey Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Laws

Most states now prohibit the use of corporal punishment, the use of physical force as a means of discipline, in public schools. Federal law still allows for the practice, so it's up to state law to regulate it. In New Jersey, corporal punishment is strictly prohibited in public schools; however, the statute allows for the use of "reasonable force" for self defense or to otherwise quell a disturbance in the school.

Learn more about New Jersey's corporal punishment in public school laws in the box below. See FindLaw's School Discipline section for additional articles and resources.

Code Section 18A:6-1
Punishment Allowed Corporal punishment prohibited.
Circumstances Allowable Reasonable force may be used to quell a disturbance, obtain possession of weapons, etc., for self-defense or for protection of person or property and not considered corporal punishment.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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