Should Schools Spank?
Becky RomeroWhy classroom spankings, even bare-bottom ones, should replace the barbarity of school paddlings

by Becky Romero


When I was first asked to write this essay about my thoughts on spankings and corporal punishment in our schools, I thought to myself what a piece of cake.

Piece of cake because I've always held the firm, unwavering belief that corporal punishment should be universally abolished. Piece of cake because there is absolutely no way that I would ever condone a school girl or boy being spanked by a school official, especially bare-bottomed in front of all her classmates - as I had been.

But the more I pondered back on my past experiences in school and researched what I thought would merely be interesting tidbits of data and anecdotes for this essay, the more I found myself questioning my convictions. Receiving a bare-bottom spanking in front of one's whole class? Could there ever be justification for such a humiliation? I discuss more on that later.

My Own Experiences

First of all, I suppose that I should briefly detail my own spanking experiences in school. Thankfully, there were only two. But they were embarrassing and certainly helped formulate my strong opposition to corporal punishment as I grew older.

My home state had abolished corporal punishment in our public schools in 1994. However, I attended a private school, one that not only allowed unofficial corporal punishment but essentially left it up to the teacher to punish a student, usually right there in the classroom. On the rare occasions it occurred, it was generally was a mild spanking over the clothed buttocks, a smack with a ruler or a slap on the wrists with the hand. One or two older teachers kept a paddle at their desks, but this was usually a token of nostalgia on their part. When those teachers did paddle a young student (luckily, never me), it was nothing like the barbarity I later understood takes place in public schools throughout the country to this very day. Although spankings in our school were infrequent, most of our school's teachers never spanked and such incidents were generally confined to the early grades.

I got my first-hand experience with this in the fall of 1992. I'm sure I wasn't exactly the best-behaved girl in kindergarten the school year before. But a new school and new school year dawned. I was now in first grade. I was also quickly taught an embarrassing lesson in respect.

The first week of class, one boy acted up with another boy when our teacher left the room for a few minutes. They were chasing each other around the classroom, causing a commotion, when one of them accidentally bumped into the teacher's desk, spilling her coffee all over her books and papers. Both were called to the front of the class and told to turn around and face the chalkboard. Our teacher smacked the first one over his pants a couple of times and was told to sit down. The second boy initially put up a fuss and kicked a bit while over her lap, so she calmly but quickly lowered his pants to beneath his rear end, totally exposing the back of his underwear. After a few smacks to his butt, the boy was told to sit down. I was among the girls giggling at him when he couldn't manage to pull his pants back up and had to undo his belt and zipper first.

Although I wasn't the only first-grader spanked that year, nor the first, I'm sure my spanking was the one most kids from our class remember, at least for the boys anyway. Dealing with name-calling is something every early grade teacher faces. So when our teacher overheard me referring to her to a classmate as ''Mrs. Snottyface'' (her name sort of rhymed with that), she calmly walked over to my desk in the front row and ordered me to stand up.

When I did, she stood along side of me and lifted up the whole back of my uniform skirt with her left hand. Then with her right hand what my classmates sawshe yanked my panties downwards, partially exposing my bare butt to those quickly giggling behind me.

After giving me several sharp smacks down there, she shuffled me by my shoulders to the corner in front of the classroom, turned me against the wall and warned, "Now don't you dare move a muscle, young lady."

Everyone in class was now giggling softly, especially a couple of boys who sat directly behind me. At least I was now facing the corner, so I could avoid eye contact with them. But from the corner of my right eye, I could see the boy who sat across from me in the front of the last aisle shaming me with his fingers. I turned just enough to stick out my tongue out at him.

Unfortunately, my teacher saw that, probably thinking I had stuck it out at her. As she scolded me, "Mind your manners, Miss Romero" or something to that extent, she reached under my skirt and tugged downwards at my already lowered panties on both sides until they were at my knees. After slightly arching my back forward, she then lifted up the back of my skirt to above my waist and gave me two more hard swats on my now very exposed and now very sore bare bottom before walking away. As the whole class giggled, several boys laughed loudly. They obviously had a totally unimpeded view.

Then, as I stood humiliated and motionless in the corner as ordered, I felt my panties start to quickly slip down. I slapped my hands at my sides too late as they fell to my ankles, eliciting even more giggles from boys and girls alike. As I slowly began to crouch down, I wondered how I was going to pull my panties back up without exposing myself. But before I got a chance, I was sternly reminded by the teacher not to move a muscle. She let the class giggle at me for what seemed like eternity but was probably less than a minute. And so I stood there, my panties at my ankles, worrying that the powerful floor fan in front of the classroom that was blowing in my direction would cause me more embarrassment. Thankfully, the fan didn't betray my modesty and my classroom punishment ended when lunch hour began. The teasing? Well, that's a different matter for another time. I will say this: I did acquire the nickname, "Becky Bare-Butt."

Fifteen years later, I have to say that although the incident was extremely embarrassing at the time, the spanking I received was mild compared to what other students have gone through. One, it really didn't hurt that much. It was my pride that took the real beating. Two, decades earlier at the same school, my bare bottom likely would have been completely exposed for a much longer period of time as I was given corporal punishment. And three, some of the paddlings given in schools to this very day would have truly hurt and might even have caused permanent physical damage.

Had I received a few more infrequent, bare-bottom spankings in front of my entire class every year or so, the shame would have undoubtedly made me a much better behaved and likely more attentive student. - Becky RomeroThat spanking was should have been an early wake-up call for me to be better behaved. And I was, for a time anyway. I obviously didn't want another one! But in nine months, the school year was over. Summer came and went and second grade began. A new school year. A new teacher. And another spanking.

It all started so innocently. An early childhood nemesis, a girl in my class named Andrea, had dropped both my uniform skirt and gym shorts out the window as we girls changed in a spare classroom for P.E. class. As she opened the door and exited the classroom, I threw a shoe at her. I missed, but the shoe sailed out the door and into the hallway, nearly hitting our second grade teacher. Although I was still only in my undies, I was called to the door, then yanked by the arm and into the hallway. My teacher began to lower my panties and I prepared for the inevitable.

Fortunately for my modesty's sake, she suddenly stopped pulling them down halfway as the first graders happened to walk down the hall for their bathroom break. I still was promptly given several sharp smacks between a minute long lecture to my partially bared bottom as they watched, snickering and giggling, but at least I wasn't completely bared for their amusement. I should have been thankful for that and that she made me stand in our classroom's front corner next to the open door in just my undies until P.E. class was concluded. Had my teacher spotted the first graders a few seconds later, or had she not cared, it would have been too late for me to avoid the additional shame of being spanked completely bottomless and exposed before their eyes. Later, Andrea, was merely sent to the principal's office for a short lecture and bad conduct mark.

And that was it! Two spankings at school. Both embarrassing. But both could have been far more humiliating or physically painful had my misbehavior taken place at a different time or different school.

Did my behavior improve? I guess so. It did for a time anyway. Most of my later teachers didn't spank at all. I did, however, narrowly manage to avoid being spanked on several other occasions, including one time in sixth grade by my former first grade teacher who was subbing. She was berating me in front of the class for having caught me flashing my panties on the playground at recess. When one boy teased out "'Becky Bare-Butt' is going to get a spanking," I said perhaps a little too loudly back to him that, "She wouldn't dare." For a minute it looked like she would. To make the story short, I luckily didn't get spanked but out in the hallway she did pull down my panties and then proceeded to pin them above the chalkboard (along with those of another girl's who was caught with me) since, she reasoned, "Becky, since you are not ashamed to let everyone see your panties, this is where they will remain until next Friday." And so they did, to my embarrassment.

But the two bare-bottom spankings, while quite shameful and very embarrassing, that I did receive in front of other students did have an immediately, even if only temporary, positive impact on my behavior. So I have to honestly admit that had I been given a few more bare-bottom spankings in front of my entire class every year or so, the shame would have undoubtedly made me a much better behaved and likely a more attentive student. Surely that would have been the case in my later middle school and junior high school years, when the shame of receiving a few bare bottom spankings each year in full view of my entire class would have been extraordinarily effective.

In-School Suspension (ISS)

But learning proper discipline isn't the only thing that school is about. Obviously, and most importantly, it's about learning. And as your education progresses, your grades may determine what high school or university you qualify to attend.

So, ironically, what's the most common disciplinary measure used in schools today? The in-school suspension, or ISS.

ISS is a punishment given to a student during which the student may not attend regular classroom sessions. Students in ISS are often assigned uncategorized classwork for which they receive no credit and in many cases automatically receive failing grades on tests and assignments that they normally would have done for class had they not been on ISS. The student's parents or guardians are usually notified and an official record of the ISS is, if permitted by law, placed in the student's official transcript.

In a nutshell, ISS is essentially used to penalize and hinder a student's ability to advance in their educational experience.

Many junior high school and high schools, however, give students an alternative: corporal punishment. If they agree to submit to a painful and humiliating paddling by a school official (often in the presence of witnesses), ISS can be avoided and nothing is placed of the triggering offense in the student's official transcript. Therefore, students who feel pressured by their parents to maintain a certain GPA, or fear being physical abused at home for receiving ISS, or fear the ISS on their academic record will prevent, will often submit themselves to this degrading form of punishment.

A better approach would be requiring students in ISS to do their normal workload and take scheduled exams, but to also require them to satisfactorily complete additional take-home study assignments in order to receive their normal work credit. In this manner, a student is not automatically academically punished.

Corporal Punishment Today

School corporal punishment, often paddling - the repeated striking of a student on her or his buttocks with a wooden instrument with holes drilled in it to counter air resistance - is banned in most Western nations. "All of Western Europe, most of Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa have banned school corporal punishment, as have many other countries." 1

However, 22 states in the U.S. allow the practice. 2 In additional, most private schools are exempt from state laws that ban the practice. Although statistics on the amount of corporal punishment vary, the National Association of School Psychologists estimates that 1.5 million cases of physical punishment in schools are reported each year. 3

One of the most common arguments against corporal punishment is that its use in schools communicates that hitting is the correct way to solve problems and violence is acceptable in our society. 4 Whereas effective discipline can primarily be a matter of instruction rather than punishment, physical punishment is much more likely to encourage a student to lie about their behavior in order to escape physical harm. Additional negative side effects of corporal punishment include running away; being truant; fearing teachers or school; feeling high levels of anxiety, helplessness and humiliation; and being aggressive or destructive at home and school. 5

Unrefuted evidence suggests that in the U.S., racial and economic status will indicate whether a student is more likely to experience corporal punishment. According to the U.S. Department of Education, African-American students, who comprise 17% of all public school students in the U.S., are 38% of those who have corporal punishment inflicted on them, more than twice the rate of white students. 6 African-American males, who also make up a disproportional number of the adult and juvenile prison population, are therefore much more likely to have received corporal punishment during their youth. So much for the effectiveness of corporal punishment teaching proper values.

School Paddling Sexually Discriminates Against Girls

Although boys are more likely to receive corporal punishment, girls are much more likely to be far more humiliated when receiving a school paddling than boys. Where the great majority of classroom teachers are female, the great majority of school administrators are male. And it is these males that are almost always the person doling out the physical punishment.

As a result, a girl is far more likely to suffer the humiliation of being paddled on her buttocks by an adult male than a boy is to be paddled by an adult female. Furthermore, as most school districts require witnesses to be present for a paddling, a girl may also endure that humiliation in front of additional males.

As few boys in U.S. schools wear skirts to school, girls are the ones with the potential embarrassment of being exposed while being paddled. Girls also typically have less protection from the pain of the paddle in the clothing covering our buttocks. Our panties are thinner than boy's underwear and our skirts much thinner than boy's jeans.

Although policies vary from school district, a commonly used paddling position is with the victim bending over to clasp her or his ankles. Male witnesses might position themselves to look down a girl's blouse as she is in the position. The only people in the United States who can legally smack people on their buttocks as part of their paid professional duties are porn stars, prostitutes and public school officials.

Sometimes the required bend-over-touch-the-floor position may cause a girl's loose-fitting top to drop away from her body enough so that her bra becomes completely visible to anyone standing behind and to the side of her. That is, if she is wearing one. I know of a girl, then seventeen, who had attended a private high school which paddled and who wasn't wearing her bra on a day she was paddled, suffering that enormous embarrassment. The male administrator and male witness both saw her completely exposed breasts when her top betrayed her. She hadn't even realized it until, while still in position after what she thought was to be the third and final paddle smack, she was told she would receive an additional paddle smack for violating the school dress code by not wearing a bra. She told me she couldn't bare to ever look at the two male administrators in the eye ever again after they grinned at her when she stood up and tried to compose herself after the forth paddle smack. 7

If a girl is wearing a skirt - as many schools with uniform policies require girls to do - it is more likely that male witnesses will stand behind a girl as she bends over to receive her punishment.

According to reports, it is not uncommon for male school officials to postpone the paddling of a schoolgirl, particularly a teenage cheerleader, until a day in which she is wearing a short skirt. 8

I, like many girls of my generation, have worn a thong under my skirt to school. Try to imagine the embarrassment of a teenage age being told that she must receive a paddling that day instead of the next when it was initially scheduled or that she is to be paddled for an alleged offense that same day. Imagine the humiliation she endures, when unlike a male student, she is asked in front of others if she is menstruating.

One girl who had been paddled in another state once told me that an assistant principal was so tired of girls saying that they were menstruating that he kept a chart at his desk to predict the menstruation cycle of girls who frequently were paddled because he suspected they were lying to postpone their paddling. In many cases they were! Why? Because they were often wearing a thong that day or wanted to at least pad their panties before being paddled. This girl told me her classmates would even wear several pair of diapers under their skirts to cushion the pain. But, if caught, as some were while bending over, they were asked to remove the diapers in an adjacent room then return to be paddled. One girl, who had never been paddled before and wasn't aware of the grasp-your-ankles position, was totally humiliated once she removed two pairs of diapers. She had nothing else on under her skirt and thus completely exposed herself to the assistant principal and female secretary acting as a witness when ordered to bend over and grab her ankles! 9

"When a girl is spanked by her father or paddled by a male school teacher, she is being trained to submit," says Jordan Riak, a retired school teacher and the executive director of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, a California-based nonprofit group dedicated to getting corporal punishment banned in U.S. schools.

"When a school district permits teachers to paddle girls, it is setting those girls up to be victims of future male authority figures, whether it be a boyfriend, husband or employer," Riak said. 10

And perhaps the perfect example of this is the Louise Ogborn case. Ogborn attended high school in Kentucky, a permissive paddling state. Her ordeal should be required reading for all girls before they receive a high school diploma.

"Shame, Not Pain": In-Class Spankings, Even if Bare-Bottomed, Should Replace Paddling

The American Academy of Pediatrics stated in 2004 that, "Corporal punishment is of limited effectiveness and has potentially deleterious side effects." It believes that "that any corporal punishment methods other than open-hand spanking on the buttocks or extremities 'are unacceptable' and 'should never be used'." 11 [emphasis mine]

Open-hand spanking on the buttocks? In other words, like I received?

Thankfully, I've never been paddled in school, only spanked. But in preparation for this essay, research I've already done and conversation with girls who've been paddled or who have counseled girls who were paddled, I submit that the initial slight pain of being spanked, on the bare-bottom or not, soon passes but the humiliation lingers on, especially if the spanking took place in front of one's peers. However, the shame of such a spanking, particularly an in-class bare-bottom one, focuses a student's retrospective more on the reason for which she or he was spanked, whereas a private or semi-private paddling in the principal's office is more likely to inspire hate towards the individual doing the paddling, especially if he made it obvious he was enjoying your physical discomfort or got sexual excitement out of it.

Not that I've come to favor spankings, but in studying the effects and brutality of paddling on both girls and boys, I've come to the unmistakable conclusion that:

(1) All forms of corporal punishment should be banned from ALL U.S. schools, public AND private.

(2) Until then, in current paddling-schools at the very least the paddling should be replaced by open-hand spankings by classroom teachers in front and in full view of the offending student's entire class.
  • Shame, not pain, should be the main purpose of the spanking.

  • Individual teachers, for personal beliefs or reasons, may opt-out of meting out this form of punishment in a non-discriminatory manner. They may not opt-out on the basis of the sex of the student to be spanked, nor may they assign the task of a child's spanking to anyone else. Nor may they substitute a different form of corporal punishment.

  • A spanking should be conducted in full view of one's class. This immensely reduces the likelihood of sexual assault on the child or the false accusation of such.

  • The risk of serious or permanent injury, particularly to girls, is greatly reduced if spankings would replace paddlings, even though the humiliation and shame factor may be increased, especially if one's clothing is displaced for a spanking.

  • Open-hand spankings are less discriminatory to girls in that most classroom teachers tend to be female and, although being spanked in class is embarrassing, the girl would not be in the position of being paddled and exposed to one or more adult males in a private, enclosed area.

  • If the student's misconduct took place outside of a classroom and students do not have an exclusive teacher, their spanking should be administrated by their homeroom/counselor or assigned to one of their classroom teachers at random.
  • (3) If girls are required to wear skirts to school, any spankings should therefore be given to both girls AND boys on their exposed panties/underwear.
  • A teacher may at her own discretion require an individual student to completely remove her skirt or his pants in front of the class for the duration of the spanking based on the severity of the offense.

  • Girls may still wear thong underwear to school, but receive no consideration for their modesty if they do.

  • As many boys today tend to wear baggy underpants or boxers under their pants, they should either be required to wear briefs, light-colored boxers or they should receive their spanking bare-bottomed.

  • Students wearing swimsuits or gym shorts under their clothes should be given the option of changing into regular underwear (if theirs is available) for the spanking or be required to receive it bare-bottomed.

  • Students who claim they forgot to wear underwear that day should receive no special consideration for their modesty. Regardless of their embarrassment, their spanking should be administered on their bare-bottom in front of everyone.
  • (4) If a pre-announced school policy is written such that bare-bottom spankings are to be given for seriously disciplinary offenses, then so be it.
  • An individual's school policy should not discriminate in favor or against girls or boys or age (up to 18).

  • If bare-bottom spankings at a school are given, the classroom teachers should NOT discriminate in meting out punishment based on the sex of a given student. If a girl ends up being spanked on her bare bottom by a male teacher, so be it. But he'd better be spanking boys bare-bottomed for the same offense.

  • Students in the classroom are not to be excused based on the basis of the sex of the student being spanked. Students can merely chose to look away, if they wish.

  • Teachers can specify whether students (in a non-discriminatory matter) to be spanked are to merely have their bottoms exposed or whether they are to be strip completely from the waist down before being spanked.

  • If a girl is wearing a full dress rather than a skirt and is not wearing a blouse, the teacher may require the girl to undress completely, with the exception of her bra.

  • Teachers may decide how the student is required to position themselves to be spanked (in a non-discriminatory manner), such as over-the-knee, bending over partially or completely, legs closed or apart, facing the class or facing away from the class.

  • Teachers should be given discretion to instruct a student that she/he is not permitted to cover her/his genital area with her/his hands or by pulling down her/his blouse or shirt, even if the student is facing their classmates while being spanked.

  • If a student persists in attempting to cover herself/himself with her/his upper garments, the teacher may remove the student's upper clothing, with the exception of a girl's bra. However, if a girl is not wearing a bra that day or hasn't begun to wear one yet, then the girl may be effectively spanked while completely naked. Same for a boy who is not wearing an undershirt in such a circumstance.

  • Teachers, at their own option (in a non-discriminatory matter), may decide that the shaming aspect of the punishment may be enhanced by removing the student's clothes for them, including their underwear, until the child is bottomless. In no case, however, should a girl's bra or sanitary napkin be removed.

  • Once the spanking is over, the student should be allowed to immediately re-dress and return to her or his seat. In other words, no humiliating "naked corner" time or being paraded about around school.

  • No official misconduct notice is to be placed in the student's official transcript.

  • Schools should keep records on the number of spankings given by sex and ethnicity.
  • I've reached this conclusion fully aware that, after reading dozens of school policies on corporal punishment and paddling and the violations of school rules, sometimes very minor, for which that punishment was to be given, I'd have frequently been spanked in front of my class, no doubt occasionally bare-bottomed - even into my high school years.

    I know that I'd have been utterly humiliated, but at least it would have been fair in the sense that other students, girls and boys both, were being treated the same way for the same offenses. And who knows? Maybe if I'd had suffered a number of shameful bare-bottom spankings in my early school years, I'd have avoided being humiliated as a teenager later (that is, if my high school had such a policy).

    But, all that said, let me be clear: I do NOT favor bare-bottom spankings, or spankings, period. I am merely proposing the above as an alternative to paddling and only in those schools that currently paddle.

    Spankings, too, have their own negatives, which are plentiful.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse that type of punishment either. It stated that, "The more children are spanked, the more anger they report as adults, the more likely they are to spank their own children, the more likely they are to approve of hitting a spouse, and the more marital conflict they experience as adults." 12

    "Despite its common acceptance, and even advocacy for its use, spanking is a less effective strategy than time-out or removal of privileges for reducing undesired behavior in children. Although spanking may immediately reduce or stop an undesired behavior, its effectiveness decreases with subsequent use. The only way to maintain the initial effect of spanking is to systematically increase the intensity with which it is delivered, which can quickly escalate into abuse. Thus, at best, spanking is only effective when used in selective infrequent situations." 13

    How to End Corporal Punishment Once and for All

    School corporal punishment is one of those hidden vices in American society today. Everyone knows it's there, like prostitution or drug-dealing on the local street corner. But no one wants to do anything about it.

    But, if it was out in the open, for everyone to see, I'm confident that public pressure would bring about its quick demise.

    Just imagine if all of America
    had gotten to watch its 1970's
    teenage sweetheart,

    Marcia Brady,

    her face blushing, turning red
    with huge embarrassment after
    being asked if she was
    currently menstruating,

    then being told to bend over
    and grasp her ankles,
    a male witness standing to her
    side, leering as her blouse
    drops away from her body enough
    to partially reveal her bra...

    having one of her trademark
    short skirts hiked up,
    blushing with humiliation when
    her panties are totally exposed...

    first bravely wincing, but finally
    screaming in pain while receiving
    several hard swats of the paddle
    from her male school principal...

    dealing with the shame and
    embarrassment as other students
    find out she had been paddled...

    later, back at home in her bedroom,
    taking off her skirt, pulling down
    her panties and turning around to
    show her two sisters, Jan and Cindy
    (and the TV audience), the red welts,
    blisters and horrible bruises on
    her once pretty teenage bare bottom...

    If only America had gotten to see that,
    completely uncensored and unedited,
    the ensuing outrage would have
    ensured that school corporal punishment
    would surely have become
    a thing of the past.


    Maybe that's what America needs to see.

    Maybe for a short while, let's have all students sentenced to CP at paddling schools receive their punishment bare-bottomed, or better yet, completely bottomless. Have them strip, girls and boys both, from the waist down and receive their paddlings in the classroom and in front of all their peers. But let's go a step further. Let's conduct the disciplinary measures on parent-teacher nights, so school officials and the whole community can come and watch and extol the virtues of why they favor corporal punishment in that school district.

    Let's invite the press and news media, too, and require the punished students to stand before everyone bottomless and exposed, giving apologies and interviews before allowing them to re-dress, as photographers and news cameras capture the moment for posterity.

    Allow everyone and anyone to closely examine a punished student's bare and bruised buttocks. Allow everyone and anyone to watch as a girl bleeds profusely from her vagina while a physician has her lay across a table, spread-eagled in view full, to be examined for any serious permanent sexual reproduction organ damage. Then require each person in the room - each school official, each parent, each passerby - to deem publicly before their community on the record whether they believe such punishments are justified and should continue.

    And when the community at large can't stomach to watch what they've permitted and thereby inflicted upon hundreds of thousands of children, then never again will the remaining advocates of corporal punishment be able to hide this insidious and sexually assaulting practice behind the closed doors of some perverted principal's office. It will finally be abolished.



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    Footnote 1: Corporal Punishment, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporal_punishment return to essay

    Footnote 2: http://www.stophitting.com/disatschool/statesBanning.php return to essay

    Footnote 3: http://www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/pospaper_corppunish.aspx return to essay

    Footnote 4: Andero, A.A., & Stewart, A. (2002). Issues of corporal punishment: Re-examined. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 29, 90-96; Owen, S.S. (2005). The relationship between social capital and corporal punishment in schools: A theoretical inquiry. Youth and Society, 37, 85-112. ; Society for Adolescent Medicine, Ad Hoc Corporal Punishment Committee (2003). Corporal punishment in schools: Position Paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Journal of Adolescent Health, 32, 385-393. return to essay

    Footnote 5: Griffin, M. M., Robinson D.H. & Carpenter, H.M. (2000). Changing teacher education student attitudes toward using corporal punishment in the classroom. Research in the Schools, 7(1), 27-30. return to essay

    Footnote 6: Civil Rights Data Collection 2004, National and State Projections, U.S. Department of Education return to essay

    Footnote 7: Author's interview with Jasmine Nichols return to essay

    Footnote 8: http://sfrsite.topcities.com/amber.htm return to essay

    Footnote 9: Author's interview with Lori Sanchez, who related her own paddling experience in Texas and that of her cousin, Anna Sanchez. return to essay

    Footnote 10: Melinda Rice, Women's eNews, "Experts: Spanking Harms Children, Especially Girls", Sept. 23, 2001 return to essay

    Footnote 11: Pediatrics, Vol. 101 No. 4, April 1998, American Academy of Pediatrics, pp. 723-728 return to essay

    Footnote 12: Ibid. Defines spanking as "striking a child with an open hand on the buttocks or extremities with the intention of modifying behavior without causing physical injury." return to essay

    Footnote 13: Ibid. return to essay


     
    Sexism in School Paddlings
    If all of America had gotten to watch Marcia Brady paddled on her panties by her male school principal - seeing her shame, her exposure and her humiliation - the ensuing outrage would have ensured that school corporal punishment would surely have become be a thing of the past.

    Just imagine if all of America
    had gotten to watch its 1970's
    teenage sweetheart,

    Marcia Brady,

    her face blushing, turning red
    with huge embarrassment after
    being asked if she was
    currently menstruating,

    then being told to bend over
    and grasp her ankles,
    a male witness standing to her
    side, leering as her blouse
    drops away from her body enough
    to partially reveal her bra...

    having one of her trademark
    short skirts hiked up,
    blushing with humiliation when
    her panties are totally exposed...

    first bravely wincing, but finally
    screaming in pain while receiving
    several hard swats of the paddle
    from her male school principal...

    dealing with the shame and
    embarrassment as other students
    find out she had been paddled...

    later, back at home in her bedroom,
    taking off her skirt, pulling down
    her panties and turning around to
    show her two sisters, Jan and Cindy
    (and the TV audience), the red welts,
    blisters and horrible bruises on
    her once pretty teenage bare bottom...

    If only America had gotten to see that,
    completely uncensored and unedited,
    the ensuing outrage would have
    ensured that school corporal punishment
    would surely have become
    a thing of the past.

    - Becky Romero


    In current paddling-permissive schools, at the very least the paddling should be replaced by open-hand spankings by classroom teachers in front and in full view of the offending student's entire class, even if it's decided to spank students on the completely exposed bare-bottoms.



    I don't deny that I surely deserved some kind of punishment for having been caught flashing my panties on the playground that Spring day back in 1998. But did Mrs. Case humiliate me unfairly or was she too lenient in allowing me to retain some modesty in the classroom?




    What's being said about me and my nude photos (they were posted on the web by jerks at my former high school)

    Becky iz bitch like infidel woman soldiers who strip muslim men naked.
    --Karif...Irak


    If the girls like stripping men so much they deserve to be stripped
    --somedude...U.S.


    The girls did act like little bitches so maybe a little nakedness on the WWW will do them good. Especially the one who pulled down that little boys swim pants.
    --Clark...U.S.


    Becky was bragging about her first 'depantsing'... two boys ages 11-12. Guess karma finally sprang up and bit her in the ass big time. I got no sympathy for the bitch and hope those boys find her nude pics on the net one day.
    --Hawkeye....U.S.


    Becky pulling down that little innocent boy's swimming trunks and completely exposing and humiliating him in front of all those girls at the pool. What a bitch!
    --Vinnie...U.S.


    Becky is in need of a taste of her own medicine... [make] her do some knob polishing on those two young lads that she probably scarred for life.
    --Owen...U.K.


    I remember Becky taunting that if anybody had nude pictures of her they should just put them up. I guess she got her wish and probably wishes she hadn't. Nice boobs though. Too bad those 2 kids at the swimming poll she got stripped naked in front of their friends and families and spanked won't get to see them after all the trouble they took to try and get her top off. It's the least they deserve after what they went through.
    --Ouched...U.S.


    Funny how things work out nicely. You chicks stripped the guys but now your nude pics are all over the net. And yes Becky - you should be spanked. Naked and in public.
    --Chen...U.S.


    I can't make up my mind who's the bigger bitch, libby or becky.
    --TimothyQ....U.S.


    Really nice rack [Becky's] got!
    --beer man2...U.S.


    Becky deserves to have her nude pics posted. Totally humiliate the bitch!
    --Ethan...U.S.


    I wuz checing out earlier today the nude pics of Becky on a XXX site I came across. ...What a rack! Nice pussy too, although I prefer the shaven look.
    --Cruz...U.S.


    Yor nothing but f*cking P0RN STARS now, with your tits and pussys on the www.
    --Miguel...U.S.


    I remember how you were all crying when Johnnyscool posted your nude pics... Just dont you bitches ever forget that we all saw your bare naked tits, asses and pussies on the web. He turned you into nothing but two-bit strippers. No matter how many wimps whose pants you pull down, you can never change that fact. So stick that in your slits and smoke it.
    --Bordo...unk.




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