Latina student gets 'smacked' with paddle by male vice principal in Texas high school

When Taylor Santos, a top student and athlete at a Fort Worth, Texas high school, agreed to be spanked instead of enduring another day of in-school suspensio--for allegedly allowing another student to copy her classwork--she never imagined she'd be left "burnt and blistered." But that's exactly what happened after a male vice principal apparently used too much force when he spanked her. Not to mention that he violated the school's policy, which indicates the spanking has to be administered by someone of the student's same sex. 


But before we even get to that part, the truth is that this whole story is wrong and disturbing at so many other levels. First of all, how is it even possible that corporal punishment is still acceptable in our public schools?

I had no idea, but it turns out that paddling is legal in 19 states. While efforts to ban it in several states--including Texas, where this incident occurred--have failed in the past, laws were introduced last year in both Texas and North Carolina giving parents an opportunity to opt out.

Read more in ¿Qué más?: Schools should NOT be allowed to spank our children 

Can you believe it? I can't. I mean, I don't understand how it's still legal for anyone other than a parent to use corporal punishment on our children. 

The worst part, in this particular case, is that Taylor is an outstanding student who opted for the paddling because she cares so much about her grades that she didn't want to continue to miss class by spending another day in suspension. Although she agreed to let her daughter get paddled, Anna Jorgensen never thought she'd be spanked by a male, after all, that's against the school's policy. This is what Jorgensen told WFAA-TV in Dallas/Ft. Worth:

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.

Undoubtedly, this law needs to be banned immediately. 

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Topics: abuse  school  spanking