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Texas School Wants to Make It "Easier" To Spank

Posted by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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ABC News' Mitchell Goulding reports:
Officials at a Texas high school plan to ask their board tonight to change a policy requiring that spanking punishments be administered only by employees of the same gender as the student to receive the punishment.

That proposed request comes on the heels of outcry after a male vice principal in the district administered legal spanking punishments to female students.

Taylor Santos, a well-regarded student and athlete at Springtown High School, near Fort Worth, Texas, chose to be paddled as punishment for allowing another student to copy her homework. She opted for the paddling over a second day of suspension after having already served one day of a two-day suspension.

Her mother, Anna Jorgensen, agreed to the punishment as long as her daughter was OK with it, but was surprised the spanking was administered by a man, she told local ABC affiliate WFAA.

As far as Jorgensen knew, she said, school policy mandated that males spank males and females spank females.

She said her daughter's buttocks were red and appeared blistered due to the force of the spanking.

The district's superintendent told ABC News that administrators followed Texas law.

"The Texas Education Code and our local policies state that if a parent or guardian does not want corporal punishment administered to his/her child, for each school year the parent or guardian must provide the district a separate written and signed statement to that effect. Otherwise, the use of corporal punishment is permissible," Mike Kelley, superintendent for the Springtown Independent School District said in a statement.

"In practice, our district goes one step further. It does not administer corporal punishment unless the parent or guardian requests that it be administered," the statement read. "There has been no deviation from that practice. Any deviation from the district's policy by district staff will be corrected. "

While paddling in public schools has been outlawed by 31 states, as well as by Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, the Supreme Court ruled in 1977 that it was legal unless it has abolished by local authorities, according to the web site Corpun.com.

It is legal in 19 states. Efforts to ban it in Wyoming, North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas failed. However, in 2011 laws were introduced in both Texas and North Carolina giving parents the right to exempt their students from paddling.

The day after her daughter's paddling, Jorgensen called the vice principal to complain, but was told it was "normal for her bottom to look like this after receiving swats." The vice principal added that he had no idea about the same gender swatting, Jorgensen said.

But according to the school's own policy, spanking of a student can only be done by an employee of the same gender.

Another student, Jada Watt, said she mouthed off to the same male vice principal, and received the same punishment, which was observed by a male police officer.

Her mother, Cathi, said she "wasn't expecting a bruise."

"A swat is a swat, yes it is and they do sting. But to bruise a child? If I had done that, they would have called CPS on me," Cathi Watt told WFAA, referring to Child Protection Services.

"Two men giving her a swat behind closed doors, that is creepy," she added.

Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley told WFAA that he will ask the board to eliminate the requirement of same gender spanking.

He said the same-sex spanking policy can be difficult to observe in smaller schools where aren't enough female administrators around to mete out punishment to female students.

Watt and Jorgensen object to any policy change. They don't believe men should hit women under any circumstances.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/texas-school-wants-easier-spank-140324070--abc-news-topstories.html

by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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Not surprising this is the same state that wants to iliminate critical thinking from their curriculum. My child would not be going to that school district.

Jesi_79
by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

1.  I would never consent to a school paddling my children, I'd handle any necessary discipline myself.

2,  I don't think the idea of a male teacher spanking female students is "creepy".  Just as I don't think if the geneders were reversed there would be anything "creepy". 

3.  Paddlings should leave a bottom red, that would be expected, but not "blistered".

AdellesMom
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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They want to spank high school students?

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romalove
by Roma on Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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 I heard this report on TV this morning.  What floored me was the mothers complaining about the male authority figure paddling her teenaged daughter.  I live in NJ and it's not legal to paddle in school, private or public, so I don't have to worry about it, but if I did, there would be no way in hell that ANYBODY would be paddling my child.  The school needs to have ways to discipline that don't involve violence.

Good grief.

Devious333
by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM
Maybe the men get off on spanking the girls. I wouldn't let a grown man do that to my daughter...

Quoting AdellesMom:

They want to spank high school students?



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AdellesMom
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM
Oh, I hope not. This is sad. I spank my children but I'd never give the school permission to do it.
Quoting Devious333:

Maybe the men get off on spanking the girls. I wouldn't let a grown man do that to my daughter...

Quoting AdellesMom:

They want to spank high school students?





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Devious333
by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM
Idk, so many perverts out there. The male principals in my jr high and high school checked out the girls all the time, especially if they had big boobs.

Quoting AdellesMom:

Oh, I hope not. This is sad. I spank my children but I'd never give the school permission to do it.
Quoting Devious333:

Maybe the men get off on spanking the girls. I wouldn't let a grown man do that to my daughter...

Quoting AdellesMom:

They want to spank high school students?





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Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Seriously? This happened in Springtown? This is yet another example of stupid people in power worrying about stupid crap, as an excuse to ignore the bigger, more damaging issues.  Springtown, in particular, has a drug problem, and a teen pregnancy problem, and I would guess at least a quarter of each graduating class seems borderline illiterate.  But good to know that THIS is what they are wasting time on.  

Also, there IS a female administrator at SHS, that is legendary for her use of the paddle.  I have known several males students that she has paddled, and they still talk about it years later, how she brought them to tears.  So This guy's point is kind of laughable. 

Mamapanda1030
by New Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Living in Texas, I am from a completely different state. My three year old is going to be starting head start with this school district, and while I haven't heard anything from anyone about corporal punishment being used down here, I saw this board and decided to take a look at the code of conduct. I was surprised that corporal punishment is also used here! What is up with this, Texas?  It makes no sense!  Especially in a day and age that parents get in trouble for spanking/paddling their kids, your school district is allowed to? I think not. First thing on my agenda is writing a letter to the board about this. Where I'm from, this is just...dispicable. 

Mummy-dearest
by New Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 2:02 PM
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Jeez, once again the focus is on the school being wrong and not the kid. How on Earth are we supposed to teach kids to be good adults when the parents are so screwed up? I wouldn't let anybody swat my kid, I would think of better punishments, and have, for misbehavior. But some kids and parents are just clueless when it comes to following rules and taking responsbility. This mom seems more concerned with the principal being "creepy" than  with her kid doing wrong. Better start saving for the car seat, your daughter is headed for a crappy life, probable unwed pregnancy, and perhaps a stint in juvie. What a mess!

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