While it is becoming less and less common, there are still many school, and entire school districts in which teachers are still allowed to apply corporal punishment as they see fit. There is no long process of sending a student to the office, for the vice principal to evaluate if a paddling is required, they are simply allowed to do it themselves. For the schools in which this takes place, the policy generally requires that the paddle used by a teacher be approved by the vice principal. District and school policies also generally require that a witness (same sex as the student being paddled if the teacher is of the opposite sex) also be present for the duration of the paddling and that it be administered out of view of other students.
With those policies in place, it is pretty much up to the teacher to decide if a paddling is required. There might be some documentation required, but this allows discipline to be administered on the spot. The teacher simply needs to take the offender outside of the classroom, grab another teacher, and get to work. This may take place in the hallway, in an empty classroom, or maybe in the privacy of a stairwell. But the teacher does not have to rely on anyone else to take care of their classroom discipline. There is no concern that a student will be sent to the office only to get a warning, for an offense that is a constant issue for that teacher. There is no opportunity for the student to offer a different version of events to an administrator that may lead to a lesser sentence.
This really allows a teacher to make any given punishment fit the crime. If a young lady’s behavior really requires a bruised bottom, then the teacher has the freedom to provide exactly that. He simply grabs the paddle, invites the young lady into the hall, and then borrows a teacher from another classroom to witness. Most school policies will limit the number of swats that can be given, but no school policy really addresses the issue of severity. If a hard paddling is what is required, then a hard paddling is what will be applied. One of the major benefits of a hallway paddling is that it serves as a deterrent to other students. While they are unable to watch the paddling take place, a school hallway not only does nothing to muffle the sounds of a paddling, it tends to really amplify the paddling, and it can be heard throughout that hallway.
This whole process has the potential to take what is typically a fairly private event and make it a very public punishment. First of all, not only will the paddling be heard through the hall and neighboring classrooms, but so will the young lady’s reaction. It is a far different experience than being sent to the principal, getting paddled, and then having time to compose herself on the way back to class. In that situation, no would really even know that she had been paddled. When everyone not only hears the swats, but then then yelp after each swat, and often active crying, it becomes a very embarrassing for her. In addition, there is no policy that states that someone who has been paddled requires time to compose themselves and it is not uncommon for a young lady to be marched right back into class with tears still streaming down her face. Take this one step further, as as soon as class is over, all of those in the neighboring classes that heard the paddling, will be asking who it was that was paddled. Before the next class has started everyone will know who was spanked at school.
All is these factors tend to serve as a much better deterrent than a paddling in the principal’s office. It allows other students to actually hear how hard of a paddling they may indeed find themselves receiving from any given teacher. It also allows them to see that for many teachers, the application of a paddling is not ornamental and that it is fully intended to bruise a bottom and produce tears. No girl wants to experience that type of pain, nor does she want the extreme embarrassment that comes with that taking place in such a public fashion. It also allows the teacher to show the rest of the students exactly what can happen for any given offense. If a teacher decides that tardies are the biggest distraction to the educational process, and gives just one girl the paddling of her life for multiple tardies, that teacher can count on asses in chairs every time the bells rings from that day forward.