Case #1: Ingraham - Priyanka Senapati

Case #1: Ingraham - Priyanka Senapati

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  • James Ingraham v. Wright By: Priyanka Senapati
  • 14-year old James Ingraham was acting very rowdy during an assembly and was sent to the principal's office by the teacher for his disruptive behavior. 
  • The principal is very angry at James's actions and decided to give James 5 swats with the paddle. James refused and the situation became worse.
  • After James refused, instead of 5 swats with the paddle, James received 20 swats. James gets a lot of bruises from the paddling and is sent to the hospital. He stays out of school for a total of 10 days to fully recover.
  • James's mom then sued the school as she claimed there was a violation of the 8th Amendment where James received excessive and unusual punishment. The case was taken to the Supreme Court.
  • The Supreme Court ruled against James, so the school won. This is because there is no law against reasonable discipline, and the 8th Amendment applies to punishment for criminals in prison not those in schools. Along with that, corporal punishment was allowed in his school so James loses the case. 
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