You are Ethan's teacher. Ethan has already been tardy to your class twice. Three times in a 'six weeks' (the standard grading period) is usually dealt with by three swats of the paddle and a clean slate. Ethan isn't your best student, and he can be a challenge, but he's usually pretty fun in class and you like him.
Today, while standing in the hall, you see Ethan a couple of doors down talking to someone. It's nearly time for the bell, so you call and tell him he needs to get in class. You're pretty sure he's ignores you, but you're pretty strict about tardies, and you don't want to have to deal with him on that, so you walk over.
"Ethan, you'd best get to class before the bell rings."
"It's still passing period, and I don't have to get to class yet."
You find his tone rather offensive, and you really don't care to be told to mind your own business by a student who is your business. Before you can say anything though, the tardy bell rings, meaning Ethan is late anyway.
While the penalty for tardiness is normally swats, the penalty for minor insubordination (assuming the language isn't abusive) isn't. Normally it would be dealt with either by a writing assignment or a minor detention. However, in an instance like this, it could also be considered an aggravating circumstance to the original offense. Without calling a parent, you're limited to six swats on trousers, but you can always refer him to the principal, who has more latitude in punishment. In this case, you're also a bit aggravated with your student.
Will you handle him yourself or send him to the office? If he stays with you, what do you do?
If you were the principal, and this case was referred to you, you have the option of up to 10 swats, and you can have the student lower his trousers, to apply the paddle to his underpants. However, insubordination and backtalk are areas where you're uneasy, because it can be so hard to judge. Would you handle this yourself? If so, how? If not, and you were Ethan's father, how would you deal with the situation?