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Do schools punish students too severely?


Samantha Frye is concerned with the way her son has been treated in his fourth grade class at Wright Elementary School in Cedar Rapids.

She says if a parent doesn't sign the student's homework planner they have to run laps on the track, and if a student forgets to push in a chair, their seat is gone for the day.

"That means they're standing or kneeling on a tile floor that whole time," said Frye.  "They're not sitting down until lunch."

Frye calls the discipline corporal punishment.

Under Iowa Code corporal punishment is defined as "the intentional physical punishment of a student."

"These aren't just our kids," said Frye.  "These are the community's kids and these are our future. And these are not the type of people we want to raise to think it's ok to punish people like that.""

At the beginning of the school year, teachers at Wright Elementary School ask the students what they think is an appropriate punishment if a classmate breaks the rules.

"When they put in their input to all the rules, regulations, things that go on, they have ownership to them," said Brian Krob, Principal.

But the rules can change, and according to Krob, students were running if they forgot planners but that stopped after parents expressed concern.

"At this time there is no chairs being missed, there's no corporal punishment, there's no adversity going on in the classroom," said Krob.

But while the school says the situation has been resolved, Frye says kids still lose their chairs, just for shorter amounts of time.

Corporal punishment was banned in Iowa schools in 1989.

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