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Your son David is a 14-year-old high school freshman. His school has an optional corporal punishment policy. Students who have been assigned detention can opt instead to take swats. One 45-minute detention is equivalent to three swats. At the beginning of the school year, you signed the parental permission form after giving the matter some thought and discussing it with David. David assured you at the time that it didn’t matter, as there was just no way he was taking swats.
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Now he has a detention for being tardy to his first period class three times in a six weeks period. Not only does the detention conflict with his after school commitment to walk a neighbor’s dog this week, but his friends are also teasing him for being a wimp. He tells you he is thinking of changing his mind but admits he is pretty nervous about it. He asks you what you think he should do. What will you tell him?