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The boys are all in Mr. Katz's homeroom/first period class. After that then all four have music class. Mr. Katz dismissed his students to their next period and went for a break since he has second period free. The four boys did not want to go to music class. They saw their opportunity when they found out the librarian was out and that the library was being watched by a staffer from the front office. The boys skipped music and told the person watching the library that they were supposed to be there that period to do some research on a group project. Their story was accepted and so the four took a seat at a table in the back of the library.
The boys sat quietly and looked at books and whispered among themselves. Yes, Mitul had some drink pouches in his locker that he shared and drinks aren't technically allowed in the library but the boys were causing no real problems.
Near the end of second period Mr. Katz needed to check on something in the library and caught the boys skipping red handed. He escorted the four friends back to his empty classroom and all four admitted to skipping. The boys were given the choice between two licks or a Saturday detention period. They all elected to take two licks. Mr. Katz called Mr. Wells in as a witness and each boy was paddled. It was essentially an uneventful paddling session and the matter was considered closed as far as Mr. Katz was concerned.
EXCEPT . . .
As required by policy, Mr. Katz reported the corporal punishment to your office. You note a problem - Tyler Morris is one of the students on the list who does not have parental permission for corporal punishment. (Mr. Katz made a critical error and did not consult the list - Tyler should have been given a Saturday detention. Technically, as witness, Mr. Wells should have verified the list too.)
You bring Tyler to your office to discuss it. You apologize and tell Tyler you will need to let his parents know and that you will be opening an investigation. Tyler looks panicked and says he would like to consider it closed.
He explains, "Look, OK, maybe I wasn't supposed to get licks and, yeah, my Dad will be mad about that but he will also be really pissed at me and he will spank me for getting in trouble at school; it is a rule in our house. I knew I wasn't supposed to get paddled but I really didn't want Dad knowing I was in trouble; I also didn't want to have to wait on my punishment. Besides I did screw up and two licks seemed reasonable and I knew it would be over quick. Anyways, besides all of that I didn't want the other guys to think I was a wimp."
You tell Tyler that you really must notify his parents.
Tyler is almost in tears and begs you to leave it alone. "I really don't want my parents knowing about this any more than you or Mr. Katz do. Let's let it drop; I screwed up, I got punished, matter closed. Anyway, Mr. Katz is cool and I don't think he should get in trouble because I screwed up."
Mr. Katz and Mr. Wells are both excellent teachers who are respected by their students and fellow faculty. They run well managed classrooms and their students have high test scores. This was clearly simply just a lapse in judgement.
Do you do as Tyler asks and let it drop?