A Kat Production
You are the principal of Chenault Junior High School, which is located in a small Texas town. You use corporal punishment fairly frequently. You can give up to ten ‘licks’, but you very rarely give more than three.
Almost all of the boys in the school have bent over in your office at one time or another. One notable exception is an eighth grader named Frank, age 13. Frank’s mother is a widow, who moved into town just as Frank started at Chenault in his seventh grade year.
She made a verbal request to your secretary that you excuse Frank from corporal punishment; she followed up the request with a letter. You have never spoken to the lady, though you have read her letter. You are under no obligation to grant such a request; however, you do try to be accommodating when you can. Up until now, Frank has stayed out of trouble.
Today is the last day of school, and Frank, along with two of his friends, is in your office after being caught having a water pistol fight in the restroom during lunch – an offense for which you routinely give three licks. You announce your verdict and send the boys out, intending to have them in one at a time for their punishment. Frankie hangs back, so you assume he wants to be first. However, he reminds you he isn’t supposed to get licks because of his mom’s letter. How will you handle this?