In Florida, children are subjected to corporal punishment at public schools and private schools. Many people are under the belief that corporal punishment it is not allowed under Florida law at public or private schools. The fact of the matter is that public schools decide on the use corporal punishment on a county by county basis. Some counties prohibit the use of corporal punishment while other counties allow it. For counties that allow corporal punishment, it is important that policies and procedures are followed when a decision is made to implement corporal punishment. In private schools that allow corporal punishment, there are typically written policies and procedures. Furthermore in many private private schools that allow corporal punishment, there is a waiver or document that a parent will sign at the beginning of the school year. When corporal punishment is used in any school, there are limits to which it can be implemented. If the corporal punishment results in a visible injury, there may be civil or criminal repercussions for the school and the staff members implementing the corporal punishment.
There is often times a fine line between corporal punishment child abuse. Because of this is important for a parent to contact a Florida Child Injury Attorney if the parent believes that corporal punishment was implemented in the school that prohibited its use or corporal punishment was implemented in a way that constituted child abuse or neglect. There are two books on point that may assist parents with questions about corporal punishment and child injuries. The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Child Abuse and Neglect, Damages – Compensation, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury. Another book available for parents is Florida Day Care Center Injuries – Building Blocks of Knowledge for Parents. This book can be obtained for free by parents and other interested persons at Florida Day Care Center Injuries.
Schools, day care centers, churches, after school facilities, and homes should all be safe havens for children. Unfortunately, at times, these very locations are the sites of inappropriate and excessive corporal punishment. The very children that are supposed to be protected are abused, neglected, and injured. If there is a question about a corporal punishment incident, contact a Florida Child Injury Attorney for advice, consultation, and legal representation. Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is a personal injury law firm based in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach Florida. The firm has been representing injured children and their families since 1957 and accepts cases State wide. Contact the attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. for a free consultation on a child injury matter.