There is a fear definitely. I have a grade schooler he's undisciplined, unruly and difficult. Our house is run strictly but the schools let him do whatever he wants. I was surprised to note that corporal punishment was still allowed in the district I was in. You had to send in a notice if you didn't want it used. I was thrilled. I thought that the school would be strict, education would be focused on, behaviors he'd been getting away with at school would be eliminated.
I was wrong. Despite the fact that it was in the handbook I found out it hadn't been used in years. I was just something that hadn't gotten around to removing. I was disappointed. I never considered stepping out of line when I was in school because I knew what would be waiting for me at home. Now the government makes everything into abuse. I had a friend have the police called on her because she grabbed her child's arm to keep him from running away from her in a store. I was there, he went to take off and she reached out and caught him. When the police arrived they informed her she wasn't allowed to do that because it was considered abusive. I was shocked.
I have another friend who's father was accused of sexual abuse because he hugged his teenaged daughter when she won an award. The laws are written in generalities and are open to interpretation. As a result, parents are afraid to do anything, teachers have no recourse and we have an entire generation of children growing up lacking the fundamentals of hard work, control and self discipline.
While local school districts are usually run differently, sometimes even within a district I think there should be someone looking into the idea of overhauling the education system and the entire question of discipline vs. abuse. Give it a real definition with specifics not generalities so that parents and teachers know where the lines are. I think if that happened, there would be significantly fewer issues and both teachers and parents would have a firmer footing.