A Texas high-school student chose to get paddled on her backside rather than serve a two-day in-school-suspension, but what she didn’t know was that her male vice-principle would be doing the spanking as a female witness observed.
Taylor Santos, a sophomore at Springtown High School, said she didn’t know another student had been copying her work, but she didn’t want to miss class time by serving a suspension. Instead, the Huffington Post reports, she called home and got the OK from her mother to submit to the corporal punishment instead. But neither Taylor Santos or her mother knew that the school’s male vice principal would be the one to administer the punishment of spanking.
Anna Jorgensen, Santos’ mother, told ABC News she agreed to the spanking because she believed the school had a policy wherein only male students were spanked by males and female student by females. Claiming the vice-principal used too much force, Jorgensen reported that her daughters backside appeared bright red and blistered.
“It looked almost like it had been burned and blistered, it was so bad,” Jorgensen said, as reported by the Huffington Post. “He used too much force.”
When Jorgensen called to complain about the vice principal spanking her daughter, she was told it was normal for Santos’ backside to look as it did, the the vice principal claimed to be unaware of the same-gender spanking policy.
While corporal punishment in public schools might seem archaic to some, it is only illegal in 31 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. It is legal in 19 states, including Texas. However in Texas a parent can choose to have their child be exempt from spanking if they send in a letter once a year requesting as much.