Ingraham v. Wright

Ingraham v. Wright

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  • I've been preparing for the test on the court cases we've been studying. I still don't understand the Ingraham v. Wright case, and the test is tomorrow!!
  • I was looking for you everywhere- why are you sitting here?
  • Well don't cry! Come, sit outside and I will help you.
  • Ok...
  • Firstly,  the plaintiffs of the case were James Ingraham and his mother.  James was a high school student, who was given 20 swats by his principal for being rowdy in the school auditorium. 
  • Wow that sounds really bad! What happens next?
  • Well then, after suffering through much pain, James and his mother sued the principal and other school officials, claiming that the corporal punishment was violating the 8th Amendment protections against cruel punishments.
  • The principal and school officials!
  • So the defendants of this case must have been...
  • I knew it!
  • The principal and other high school officials had won the case. The court ruled that way because they said that corporal punishments at schools does not violate the Constitution.
  • Exactly!! Are you ready for tomorrows test now?
  • So you are saying that this suit was bought under amendment 8?
  • Oh, yeah. Don't forget that only 22 states of America allow corporal punishment. 
  • Your welcome and good luck.
  • Definitely! Are there any extra facts I need to remember?
  • Got it- thank you!!!
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