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Male or Female, you don’t need to spank my child just call me and I will gladly come up to

the school and do it myself…

Rather than spend two days in in-school suspension for allegedly letting another student

copy her classwork, Taylor Santos, a well-regarded student and athlete at Springtown High

School, near Fort Worth, Texas, chose to get paddled.  As her mother, Anna Jorgensen, told

ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, Taylor didn’t want to miss any classes because “her

grades are very important to her.”  So Santos went to the vice principal’s office to request a

paddling. She called her mom, who said that as long as her daughter was OK with it, so was

she. According to school policy, parents who don’t want their children to subject to corporal

punishment must submit a written statement each year.  What neither Jorgenson nor Santos

knew was that a man — the vice principal — would be doing the swatting, while a female

watched. As far as Jorgensen knew, she said, school policy mandated that males spanked

males and females spanked females.  Because of the force with with Santos was struck, her

bottom was fire-engine red and looked as if it had been “burned and blistered,” said Jor-

gensen, who took photos as evidence.  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.  “A lot of people think it

was abolished 20 years ago,” Jimmy Dunne, president of People Opposed to Paddling Stu-

dents (POPS), told ABC News. A former math teacher in the Houston Middle Schools,

Dunne founded POPS in 1981 and has been the spanker and spankee. But he refused to

participate after noticing that some teachers were “getting sadistic pleasure out of hitt-

ing these kids.”He has actively tried to get schools to curb the practice ever since, but he

has met with resistance. In June, he appeared at an anti-corporal punishment in schools

rally in Washington, D.C., and will be attending a school board meeting on Monday after

a 13-year-old student at Barbers Hill Middle School in Houston was covered with welts

and bruises after a paddling he received for getting three consecutive zero grades.  “Mem-

bers of the Texas legislature say, ‘I was paddled, and I turned out OK,’” he said. “Or they

say they want to leave it up to the local district to decide. They think it’s good discipline.

But it’s legalized child abuse. I always say if this was done away from the school, the per-

son would be arrested.” 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.  Neither Jorgensen, nor the vice principal nor Springtown ISD

Superintendent Mike Kelley, was available for comment by ABC News. But according to

WFAA, Kelley is going to ask the school board to abolish the same gender policy, since

adhering to it can be difficult on some campuses.  Jorgensen told WFAA that she will be

at the school board meeting to encourage them not to abolish the same-gender policy.

“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.”

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