Taylor Santos of Springtown High School near Fort Worth, Texas, is a “well-regarded student and athlete.” But when she was caught allowing a fellow student cheat from her classwork, Taylor requested to be paddled. Why? Apparently you can take the quick way out punishment-wise at her school, and instead of being put on suspension and missing classes, you can opt to get spanked. With “her grades (being) very important to her,” Taylor reportedly didn’t want to miss any classes and picked the paddling. Her mother Anna Jorgensen was called and she gave the school permission to do so, as long as her daughter was fine with it. But the paddling isn’t what upset Taylor’s mom; it was the choice of the paddler.
The mother was under the assumption, and believed it to be school policy, that males were assigned to spank male students, while females were assigned to spank female students. To Taylor and her mom’s surprise, the vice president of the school – a male – was the one to wield the paddle while a female was there to supervise. After the spanking, Taylor’s behind was reportedly very red, “burned and blistered.” Her mother was so aghast by the injuries from the spanking that she took photos. She called the school but was told it was “normal for her bottom to look like this after receiving swats.”
The mother is fighting to have schools adhere to the same-gender spanking match-up so that this doesn’t happen to other girls. “I think Taylor is proof that we need to keep that policy,” she said. “I don’t believe a man intentionally meant to do that to her, but it still happens, because men are too big and strong to be hitting 96-pound girls.”
If you are reading this and are surprising that paddling still happens in schools, you aren’t alone. I, personally, had not idea the practice was still carried out. But it turns out paddling is legal in 19 states. In Texas, where Taylor lives, parents are given the option to opt out of having corporal punishment inflicted on their children.
There are efforts to have paddling outlawed in all our states with the People Opposed to Paddling Students (POPS) organization spearheading the fight. “They think it’s good discipline,” Jimmy Dunne president of POPS said. “But it’s legalized child abuse. I always say if this was done away from the school, the person would be arrested.”
Do you think that is a parent gives approval, that paddling is okay or would you like to see if outlawed nationwide?
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