I mean, first of all, the spanking thing. But here in the Bible belt we like to forget that the Bible said "Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me" and instead just focus on the "spare the rod" bit. (A rod is actually used to gently guide a sheep; so maybe, just maybe, God didn't intend for you to beat your child with the rod, people.) But it is sort of an uphill battle in some demographics. I was born and raised in this state, I get it. And I'm not going to try to argue with a small Texas town about their discipline methods. Not today. If they and their school think hitting a kid is ever a good idea, that makes me sad. But that is just the tip of the iceberg here.
My big problem here: it was a guy administrator hitting a young girl (against policy) and he left a mark ("It looked almost like it had been burned and blistered, it was so bad"). In the words of another parent who recently spoke out about her own daughter's experience be spanked at the school (Another parent concerned about spanking in Springtown ISD): "I wasn't expecting it to bruise," she said. "A swat is a swat, yes it is, and they do sting. But to bruise a child? If I'd done it, they would call CPS on me." um, YES. I'm totally confused why we are focusing on his gender and ignoring the fact that, unless I'm mistaken, he committed child abuse. (update: turns out educators have legal protection for child abuse. because that makes sense?! WHAT THE WHAT? http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-22/school-corporal-punishment/54475676/1)
I feel pretty strongly about supporting our public school system. But stuff like this makes me want to home school. I mean, seriously. Stop embarrassing me, Texas.
To try to get the horrible story out of your head, I recommend everyone go read this article: Do you want to raise an obedient child? by Dr. Laura Markham.