Paddling policy gets fine-tuning
SCHOOL board members in Springtown have voted to change school district policy to allow male teachers to administer corporal punishment to female students, but only with written permission from parents.
The board also made it policy that a same-gender school official must be on hand to witness, and parents can only request one ''paddling'' per semester.
The vote came after a male assistant principal spanked two female students recently at Springtown High School. The paddlings violated a district policy adopted a year ago that required corporal punishment to be administered by officials who are the same gender as the students being disciplined.
Superintendent Michael Kelley asked the board to consider changing the policy because some schools did not have sufficient females to perform the task.
One mother, Cathi Watt, said she approved the paddling of her daughter, but said that bruises were raised by excessive force. Anna Jorgensen also complained that her daughter was bruised.