A Kat Production
You’re the assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School. Having recently married a widowed person with a thirteen-year-old son, Kyle, you find yourself not only stepfather but also school disciplinarian for the boy. You’ve left domestic discipline in the hands of your spouse, who disapproves of corporal punishment. Lincoln Middle School does allow corporal punishment, but only with the approval of the parent(s). The school also uses CP mostly as a voluntary alternative to detention.
Today Kyle is facing you for some horseplay in one of his classes. You don’t consider the behavior too serious, so you assign him a detention. Kyle then informs you, “But I’d rather take the swats.” (Two swats is the usual tariff for getting out of a detention.) You demur on the basis that he has no parental permission on file. Kyle insists that as his stepfather, you can give the necessary permission. You are on file as a guardian. As you start to explain that it is against your spouse’s wishes, Kyle interrupts: “Come on, Dad – it’s MY choice. We don’t have to say anything at home. ”
Will you be taking out your paddle or does Kyle need to plan on detention?