For Ingraham v. Wright, what was the decision of the supreme court? How did they come to this decision?

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urzula eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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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