A Kat Production
You are the vice principal of John F. Kennedy Junior High School, where you handle the much of the discipline. Today, Eddie, a 7th grader, is in your office. He has just returned to school after being out for several days with strep throat. However, he wasted no time in getting himself into trouble. An argument with his science teacher, Mrs. Thorne, over assignments he was supposed to complete while out – his mother picked them up – resulted in him calling her a bitch. Even though you tend to agree with his assessment of Mrs. Thorne, you can hardly say so. You decide the easiest way to resolve the situation is to give him three swats, as your rural district doesn’t have an afterschool detention program because of the difficulty in arranging for transportation for kids who ride the bus. Aside from corporal punishment, your only real options are lunch time detentions, lines, or extra work; in school suspensions are still years in the future for your school district.
Eddie has been in your office before, and though he doesn’t like getting “licks”, as the kids call it, he has never made a fuss about it. Today, however, he begs you not to paddle him. At first he is reluctant to explain why, but at last he admits that his butt is still very sore from the shot of antibiotic he had. He points out the injection site, which is much higher than the paddle will land, but he insists he is already so sore that the licks would be torture.
Will you give him an alternative punishment, defer the paddling a couple of days, or carry on despite his protests?