I live in Texas. Here, public schools have reserved the right to spank students (with parental consent). In the beginning of the school year parents are (supposedly) given the opportunity to sign a refusal form. If they don't, parental consent is assumed, and corporal punishment is allowable. I didn't know until I read the story that sparked this blog that the school administrator (or whoever is the one actually doling out the punishment) has to be the same sex as the student. Is that a local or a state-wide policy? I'm not sure. But either way, a male administrator is who spanked the high school-aged girl (seen in the picture above) in this story.
She volunteered for the spanking. She chose the paddle over her other option, two days of in-school suspension. What did she do that got her into all this mess to begin with? She let someone copy her answers, she participated in cheating.
The spanking, done with a paddle, left markings that resembled burns and blisters. When she got home, her mother took pictures because the injury seemed so out of line. It isn't the first time that this administrator has left visible markings. Another student was recently left with bruises from the paddling she received at school from him.
What would you do if you if you were the mother of either of these girls? Are you generally OK with spanking in school, and this is just a case of it going too far?
What I know? If I left blisters, burns, or bruises on my child, CPS would be called. And I would possibly (probably?) go to jail for abuse.