Another parent concerned about spanking in Springtown ISD

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Posted on September 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 12:17 AM

SPRINGTOWN — Another parent is raising questions about the spanking of students in the Springtown ISD, a district that permits corporal punishment.

On Friday, we told you about a woman who was upset after her daughter came home with welts, and that a male vice principal paddled her daughter — not a woman, as district policy requires.

Now another mother is coming forward.

Cathi Watt gave permission for her daughter to be paddled for smarting off, but she now regrets that decision.

"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."

Jada Watt was paddled by the same male vice principal as Taylor Santos, again, against district policy requiring that an administrator of the same gender as the student administer the punishment.

Springtown ISD told News 8 it could change its rules, and the school board is expected to discuss that proposed change on Monday.

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