SPRINGTOWN, Texas (CBS Houston) — A male vice principal is accused of using corporal punishment on a 15-year-old female student.
Taylor Santos told WFAA-TV that she agreed to be paddled instead of serving an in-school suspension after being accused of letting another student copy her homework. But she thought a female official at Springtown High School would be handing out the punishment, not a man.
“It was bright red,” Santos told the station. “I still have welts on me today.”
According to WFAA, the school district’s policy states that “corporal punishment shall be administered only by an employee who is the same sex as the student.”
Anna Jorgensen, Taylor’s mother, was infuriated at what happened.
“I came unglued,” Jorgensen told the station. “”It looked almost like it had been burned and blistered, it was so bad.”
Springtown Independent School District Superintendent Mike Kelley explained to the station that the vice principal might have made a mistake and will bring up to a school board meeting that he wants to do away with the same-sex corporal punishment policy.
Jorgensen doesn’t believe that is a good idea.
“I think Taylor is proof that we need to keep that policy,” she told WFAA. “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.”
Nineteen states allow corporal punishment to be administered in schools.