While most public schools within the United Stated, that allow corporal punishment, are governed by the rules set forth by the district school board, the same does not hold true for a private school. This is even to the point that in states in which corporal punishment is not allowed, private institutions may still use it. With the majority of private school having a strong Christian influence, school paddling is more often the norm as a means to administer discipline. They will typically have a written corporal punishment policy, but it is created without any influence from a governing board outside the walls of their schools. With the majority of private schools either being religious based, or a school for a somewhat troubled teen, the paddle is not only alive and well in these schools, it is used liberally.
Let’s take a quick peek at the policies of a couple of private schools. The first one is a school in which students who have found themselves in a lot of trouble in the public school, are sent by their parents:
13. CORPORAL DISCIPLINE POLICY:
When all other forms of discipline have not produce the desired change in behavior and attitude, corporal discipline (swats) may be administered. A maximum of five (5) consecutive correctly received swats upon the buttocks may be administered. Correctly received swats are those in which the student exhibits a submissive attitude, as determined by the administrator of the corporal discipline. This submissive attitude must be exhibited throughout the discipline session. A maximum of fifteen (15) swats of any kind, whether correctly received or incorrectly received, may be administered in a twenty-four hour period. The Superintendent or any other adult staff member (who is of the same gender as your child) that the Superintendent shall designate will administer the corporal discipline. A flat paddle is used to administer the corporal discipline. The student will remain clothed for the entire procedure. Each incident of corporal discipline will be duly witnessed by another adult staff member (of the same gender).
At this school for troubled teens, the maximum amount of swats at any given time is limited to five.
But all five of the swats must be “correctly received”, which means they have to remain in position and fully submit to their paddling. A swat that is not “correctly received” may be repeated. This means a single paddling, in which a young lady in unable to maintain her position, can quickly become a much longer paddling. Even if she is able to hold her position while her bottom is being paddled, this school is strict enough, that there is the possibility that she could be paddled up to two additional times in a single day. This certainly gives the school plenty of options, during any given 24 hour period, to properly bruise a teen girl’s bottom.
The policies below are from a private Christian school, in which no student can even be admitted if the parents will not commit to their child being paddled; it is as simple as that. What makes this school even more unique, is that the parent has to come to the school and do the paddling themselves. Below is the consent form and the specific rules governing the parent paddling their child at school:
ANNUAL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AGREEMENT FORM
Under no circumstance will any student be admitted, or re-registered in the L*** Baptist Academy without the completion of this form. It is an agreement that the parent will adhere to, and support the Corporal Punishment procedures of LBA.
I __________________________________, am agreeing with, and will uphold the procedures of LBA. I will be in full support of the administration. As a parent of, ____________________________, enrolled in LBA, I realize that it is a privilege and not a right. I understand that if at any time my child refuses to accept their punishment, or if I refuse to administer their punishment; my child will be expelled from LBA. If a student requires a spanking, the parent must complete it the next school day. The office will explain why a spanking is necessary and must be completed by the parent in the Principal’s Office. The student will not be allowed to attend class the following day until it has been issued.
This is indeed a very unique situation as we now have a school taking full control over how a student will be paddled and the parents now have to do it as the school is required. It is very clear, if the student will not submit to a paddling, or the parents refuse to administer it, the student is expelled from the school. Basically, a student gets in trouble and a parent has to go to the school the next day and paddle her. This young lady is not only going to be paddled by her mom or dad, in front of a school administrator, but she has to submit to it 100%, or the paddling does not count. The girl being paddled is not really even allowed to make any noise, or move in any way during her paddling. This is the 1st school policy I have ever read in which is a girl does not cooperate completely during the process of having her bottom paddled, then the paddling will just continue. But beyond the young lady having to cooperate 100%, the school actually gets to decide how hard she is to be paddled be her parent. It clearly states that the swats have to be administered “to the satisfaction of the designee”, which can only mean that if you do not paddle your daughter hard enough, you will have to do it again.
This policy really has a way of modifying a policy of 5 maximum swats, and basically assures that the school gets to make sure that the paddling a student receives is a very memorable one. Picture the young lady at this very strict religious school, sent to the office for a basic infraction. Being that just about every offense I looked at in the student handbook will result in a paddling, this means that any trip to the office means she will be paddled. She is given a corporal punishment form and told to take it home. The next morning, she arrives at school with mom or dad, and waits nervously with her parent, as the school finds a designee to oversee her paddling. The three of them go into the room where paddlings take place, and under the direction of the school designee, she is put into position and her parent is handed a heavy wooden school paddle. The parent is then told how many swats to give their child, and she is reminded that she has to remain in position, and fully accept everything that she is about to receive. Her mom then takes the paddle in her hand and applies the 1st swat to her daughter’s bottom. It is at this point that the school official gets to make the decision as to whether she accepted the swat properly. If she moved, made too much noise, stood up, or even “wiggled”, the school official can inform the parent and the student that the swat did not count. Picture the young lady who is still spanked severely by her dad at home, and he always has to hold her in place during her punishment. This is a whole new world for her, having to not only fully submit to her punishment, but to cooperate. Being smacked hard on the bottom hurts a lot, especially for a teenage girl, and it is quite hard not to make much sound during a proper paddling. But this paddling, at this school, will not end until she learns to do exactly that. The five swat paddling she had coming, might have turned into a ten, or even twenty swat paddling, until she learns to properly submit.
On the other side of all of this, is that the school official will have to have deemed the paddling
as having been hard enough. The five swats, that she struggles with a few of, became eight swats before it was all over. But when it was completed, the school official has the power to tell the parent that the paddling was nowhere near hard enough. Remember, this is a very religious school, which believes very strongly in “Biblical discipline”, which rarely involves an ornamental paddling. These are the types of schools that believe that a proper spanking involves breaking the will of the child. So after her eight swats, three of which she struggled with and was unable to properly submit, she hears the school designee tell her mom that the paddling was nowhere near hard enough and that it has to be repeated. At this point the entire process starts all over again, and with the swats being much harder this time around, there is a good chance that she will struggle with most of them, thus requiring them to be repeated. Basically, this paddling will not be over until the school administrator has made sure that the young lady being paddled leaves with a very sore and bruised bottom and having learned a very real lesson.
This is a very unique situation, but in reality, most paddlings in private school are administered by a principal, administrator, or a teacher. The primary differences in paddlings administered in the public school and private school tend to be frequency and severity. These differences exist mostly because of parental support for corporal punishment. Parents that seek out a private Christian school, deeply rooted in the teachings of the Bible, typically do not oppose the use of corporal punishment. In fact, most of them frequently use corporal punishment in the raising of their daughters, in their own home. They actively seek out an educational environment that is a good extension as to their personal beliefs. There is an expectation that if their child misbehaves at school, that they will be punished as set forth in the Bible. This really frees up a school from all of the concerns of lawsuits and protests from parents about a girl being paddled. It also allows a school to paddle in a way that is much more effective in changing behavior.
In a public school setting, a teen girl, after getting paddled at school, might come home and show her mom her bruised butt, complaining that she was paddled at school and that it was far too hard. Her mom then gets on the phone, calls the press, calls the school, and begins the kind of uproar that we see regularly on the news. This is not the case when it comes to a paddling administered at a private Christian school. A girl that is sent home from school after a hard paddling, with a bruised bottom, is more likely to get it again at home from her parents. Strict Christian parents see a bruised bottom from getting in trouble at school, as a good starting place for a session with dad’s belt. They see it as an opportunity for some real learning to take place and are more than willing to make sure that her bottom feels much more in the way of discipline.
The frequency of school corporal punishment in the private school is also greatly
increased. A typical public school policy will state “corporal punishment will only be used when other methods of discipline have proven to be ineffective”. This means that after a student has had a few detentions, and maybe some ISS, that eventually her bottom might be paddled. But in a private school, a young lady’s first trip to the office, and every trip after that, will result in her bottom being paddled. They tend to take the opposite approach in that after she was paddled once, on her second offense she is paddled again, and also receives detention. The one common thread is that if she gets in any trouble, big or small, her bottom will pay the price.
Think of the first school policy that I mentioned above, in which a student cannot receive more than 5 licks at a time, with a maximum of 15 in a 24 hour period. This means that at some point in time, those in charge of the school’s policy, needed to come up with a policy that allowed a student to be paddled as many as 3 times a day. This school is a school in which the students live there full-time, which allows flexibility for paddlings outside of classroom hours. In a public school setting a girl who misbehaves frequently, might find herself paddled a few times over a typical school year. But it is clear from this school’s policies, that she might find herself paddled every day, if not more often than that. They clearly believe that a bruised bottom is an effective learning tool and they do not hesitate to provide it as often as is needed. Just take a look at the very 1st line of the contract that the parent must sign when enrolling their student at this institution:
I/We understand that the structure and rules under which my/our child will be educated and trained are very strict.
Simply the inclusion of the word “trained” makes it clear that some butts are going to end up very sore and the methods they use are not just strict, they are “very strict”. But for additional perspective, let’s take quick look at the “demerits” system. Having gone through their complete student and parent handbooks, it is quite clear that just about every offense that results in a “demerit” will result in a five swat paddling. Below is the policy for a student that had 10 demerits in a week. This is a list of the additional punishment a student will face after a week consisting of 10 demerits, which results in them being placed “on discipline” for the next week. It is clearly common enough that there is an entire policy of additional punishment that will last for an entire week. But what we really need to consider, is that to have been placed “on discipline” that means 10 demerits. Being that a single demerit results in a five swat paddling, this means every student who is “on discipline” typically received at least 50 paddle swats the week before. That is also assuming that the 50+ swats they were administered were “correctly received”. The 5 swat paddling could have easily resulted in as many as 15 if she did not submit properly to her paddling. And if you think that corner time is something for toddlers, or only exists in British spanking videos, think again. Look at the fourth option for a young lady who is “on discipline” for the week. She is to stand in her dorm room, with her nose touching the bed for a period of one hour. What is even more interesting is that there is a 10 minute “sit down break each hour”. This would lead me to believe that corner time can last well beyond the initial hour, if there are hourly breaks. I am also guessing that a girl “on discipline” and in corner time for a few hours, that does not maintain her position, will probably be getting her bottom paddled as well. They are also clear in stating that when a student is “on discipline” that all of the things stated below, “will be included”, not “may be included”.
If the student has more than ten (10) demerits in a week then she is placed on discipline for the following week. This discipline will include:
- Loss of desserts and seconds during meals
- Loss of all extra-curricular activities including but not limited to field trips, basketball, volleyball, tennis racquetball, baseball, Ping-Pong, pool, foosball, and swimming.
- Various forms of physical training which include but are not limited to the following: jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, hops, leg lifts, crawls, running, carrying cinder blocks, or all of the above.
- Standing with your child’s nose touching the end of your child’s bed for a time period of 1 hour with a 10-minute sit-down break each hour. This is excluding any regularly scheduled activities and school time.
- An altered menu of bland foods will be issued at the discretion of the staff in conjunction with the above referenced discipline measures.
So if you ever find yourself wondering is corporal punishment is alive and well in the US school system, there is no doubt it is more than a common occurrence. And when you find yourself watching videos, which recreate school paddlings, especially in a private school setting, and you see girl getting a dozen swats at a time, leading to tears and a bruised bottom followed by some good old fashioned corner time, you know that there is indeed a place in this country, that right now, this very thing is occurring. For the very best in private girl’s school corporal punishment videos, be sure to check out RealspankingsInstitute.com, for the most realistic and severe school paddling videos in the world.