With all the flack Springtown ISD has gotten for its stance on corporal punishment, many have wondered if the paddling policy was on its way out.
Nope. The district voted Monday night to expand it. I really don't care if you want to spank your kids, or authorize others to do so on your behalf. Although that's certainly one issue at play here, I'd prefer to focus on another: Why are there so few female administrators in Springtown ISD?
A middle-aged man spanking a teenage girl is a little creepy. No amount of parental consent can erase the ick factor in that scenario.
The district's previous policy stated that if a parent gave permission for paddling, and the student chose to receive "swats" in lieu of other punishment, then a staff member of the same sex would administer it.
There are a couple of reasons behind this policy, like the idea that a middle-aged man spanking a teenage girl is a little creepy. No amount of parental consent can erase the ick factor in that scenario.
But, there's another reason to have same-sex beatings: the level of force exhibited. Now, Springtown superintendent Mike Kelley says it set the bar a little too high. There simply aren't enough female administrators to handle all the spanking duties in the district. Men will have to do it. Springtown ISD's updated policy calls for "a principal or designee" to administer corporal punishment, with a person of the same sex as the student present.
However antiquated a paddling policy may seem in 2012, if it chooses to have one, Springtown ISD is right to impose gender restrictions. But after national outcry over a female student's spanking by a male vice principal that, according to her mother, resulted in welts and blistering, Springtown decided to make the policy even more liberal.
Men can now spank girls with the district's blessing. And all because, as Kelley has stated, there just aren't enough women working in high levels at Springtown ISD.
Well, here's a crazy idea: Hire some.
Teaching is one of most popular professions for American women. Surely among all the female teachers in Parker County, there are a few worthy of promotions, and the district could place the paddle in their soft, capable hands.