(after watching video)
What a nice acting young lady. Her mother seemed rather rational as well. Even going on to say that she didn't think the person administering the punishment meant to hurt her daughter, just that he was "too big and strong" to be paddling "98 pound girls".
The school followed policy and got mom's permission. The school didn't follow policy on the gender appropriate school official to administer punishment. That's the problem here.
What I like about this story is that there was a dispute and both sides seem to be handling it rationally. There was discussion, there was problem solving and there was a resolution.
Isn't that what we, as humans, should be doing?
It seems like everyone here so far has gotten their panties all bunched up over the corporal punishment. Yet you didn't see the young lady freaking out, screaming, yelling, cursing, calling lawyers and such.
She took the punishment like a man! She "cowgirled" up!
For a teeanger today to be that responsible, well...it's refreshing. To see a mother willing that her child be punished and not becoming a screaming, cussing, spitting, freak...that's a miracle all in itself.
(I'm not attempting to ascertain the correctness of the punishment or the reasons for it's being doled out - only that it was refreshing to see a story featuring mothers, teenage girls and a school told without lawyers, guns and money being involved!)
I don't see this as "rational" at all. A 16 year old teenager was beaten hard enough to leave welts, and the mother seems to be in pretty extreme denial to claim the principal just "didn't mean" to hurt her daughter. It sounds like the kind of rationalization victims of domestic violence use.
If these people are honestly able to just talk through this with "discussion, problem solving, and resolution", what was the purpose of the spanking in the first place? Clearly this girl is capable of learning in a way that doesn't involve physical punishment.
You also praise her for "taking it like a man". Spankings are intended to be demeaning, humiliating, and painful. What real man is going to let someone treat him like that? In the workplace? When he's out with his buddies? At home with his family? They don't even do this in the military... There is no time in life where it is necessary to endure this kind of punishment. Teaching kids to just "accept" this doesn't prepare them for real life.