Dear North Carolina Legislator:
As your constituent, I encourage you to support HB853/S874. HB853/S874 is the bill that would prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public schools across the state. North Carolina is one of 21 states that still allows school districts to use corporal punishment. There are many alternatives to spanking a student, for example, detention or suspension. In some districts, teachers have not been held accountable for using excessive force against students, which has led to severe injuries. As you are aware, the Buncombe County Board of Education does not permit the use of corporal punishment within its schools, and several key education officials, including Dr. June Atkinson, have endorsed this bill. I hope you will do the same.