I already KNOW which states do this. They're all in the Deep South, with the exception of one Midwestern state- namely, Indiana- where it is also legal. Of the states that permit school based corporal punishment (i.e. paddling, caning, etc) TEXAS is by far the worst of the lot. That state actually has a law which permits parents to REQUEST that their child or teen be paddled once each semester, for as long as they are in school, REGARDLESS of whether or not the child or teen has DONE ANYTHING to warrant such ABUSE- and it is ABUSE. After the shooting in Sutherland Springs last year, people there are scratching their heads wondering why it happened, when the answer should be OBVIOUS. Paddling and physical punishments are USELESS. They don't change behavior. Instead, what they do is teach the wrong lessons and send the WRONG messages to children and teens.
Paddling sends the message that HITTING PEOPLE is the best way to solve a problem. It also teaches kids that it's okay to be VIOLENT towards anyone they don't like. Even worse, it is well documented that kids who experience a lot of physical discipline are at risk of becoming bullies and eventually, domestic abusers themselves. Paddling also contributes in no small way to mental illness and suicidal behavior. Lastly, corporal punishment is, by its very nature, extremely HYPOCRITICAL. When parents, teachers, and other adult caregivers resort to physical punishments, they are taking a "do as I SAY but NOT AS I DO" approach to discipline, and they CONTRADICT themselves with every blow that they LAND. And the kids on the receiving end of such ABUSE have NO TROUBLE whatsoever picking up on this hypocritical message. The great majority of them RESENT IT, just as the ADULTS themselves would if the situation were reversed and THEY were the ones on the receiving end of such treatment.
Hypocrisy when it comes to discipline is worse than NO discipline at ALL. Another thing that people who favor corporal punishment don't realize that you CAN'T punish your way out of problems. It doesn't work. Kids who get hit repeatedly will inevitably find ways to get back at whoever is doing the hitting. They also will take their anger out on those who can't defend themselves easily. This is one of the factors that drives and underlies violent events like school shootings, folks. EVERY SINGLE school shooting that we've seen over the past 25 years or so has been motivated by one thing and one thing ONLY: A desire for REVENGE for some act or acts, whether real or IMAGINED, on the part of the person or people doing the shooting. Even Columbine, which was originally planned as a BOMBING and not a shooting, was motivated primarily by the killers' desire for REVENGE for all the years of bullying and mistreatment they'd gone through at the hands of their teachers, peers, and the school officials. And until the education, mental health, and LAW ENFORCEMENT communities finally WAKE UP and address the REAL, underlying causes of these shootings, they will go right on happening. That's sad, and horrifying to contemplate, but it's also REALITY. Welcome to life in the 21st century.