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    Question: Can a teacher touch a minor without the minor's permission?

    Answer: By law, teachers are authorized to use physical force to stop a student from harming himself, another person or property. The amount of force must be limited to what is needed to stop the risk of harm.

    Corporal punishment (disciplinary spanking) is not allowed unless done in accordance with the polices of the school district. Most schools prohibit corporal punishment entirely. Except in these special situations, a teacher is expected to not touch a student without permission unless it occurs under circumstances where the touching is clearly inadvertent or harmless.


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    On 03/22/09
    Englig from AZ said:
    My son was hit and pushed by an instructional asst, but she was smart in making sure no one else saw. She even apologized for hitting him and it still came down to hear say.
    On 06/12/08
    from AL said:

    OK for your information a teacher is not allowed to touch you unless it is causing harm however for that hat guy (no offense intended) Yes that is part of your body i was given detecntion for 34 weeks today and is taht allowed Cmon 34 weeks ? for being 10 min's late for a class?

    On 06/28/06
    Jenifer from MS said:
    Teachers may not be allowed to grab students, but at my school they can spank your butt with a paddle.
    On 04/17/06
    jasmine from NH said:

    my event happenon april 17 2006. my assistant principal was walking around and asked this kid to come here and he grabbed the kid and he said dont touch me and then he said what did you say and the kid said dont touch me and so my principal grabbed him again and well the school officar came and he told the kid to come here and the kid went to him and then he grabbed him and the pricipal didnt even get in trouble for touching the kid and when the kid said stop he got in more trouble so is it wrong or is it nothing?

    On 02/09/06
    daniel from GA said:
    we have a cross walk at our school and this morning i didn't walk on it and a car was not coming and a teacher jerked me on to it and it hurt my back. can i get that teacher to pay up for hurting my back?
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