James Ingraham was a student at Drew Junior High School. He was misbehaving at an assembly so he was sent to the principles office.
While at the office, he refused to being physicaly punished by the priciple. Then James was held down and paddled 20 times. James suffored bruses that kept him out of the school. That was enought for James and his mom to sue.
James probably still hurt from the paddle. I forgot to metion that he had to seek medical attention before he went to court.
They brought this case all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The case did not go well for James and his mother. The court's justices sided with the school. This is because the eighth admendment was for prisoners and criminals, not for schools. As long as they had the right, wich they did, the school could punish. However, the justices did ask the teachers to be cautious
The impact of the case was that the court questioned wether to allow physical punishment up to state and local districts. The number of states between having corporal punishment and not are very close.
This court case is important for teens to know So that they get a better understanding of why discipline can be allowed in some schools and why you can't rule against it.