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The Court was presented with the question whether corporal punishment was "cruel and unusual" under the 8th Amendment. It was based on a case in Florida where students were paddled for misbehaving at school.
This was a 5-4 decision where the Court determined that the 8th Amendment only applied to criminal proceedings, and not to the academic environment. I
t is important to make note of the 5-4 split, as this type of case could easier be presented to the Court again with perhaps a different outcome.
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