While Brendan was pretty unhappy with not being allowed to play games, he actually blossomed a bit at the new school, and his grades came back up enough to keep him from having to repeat.
Over the summer, you gave him back some of his screen time and gaming privileges. You kept a close eye on him the first six weeks of this semester. When he brought home Straight 'A's again, you made a deal with him. He agreed to join (and participate in) Boy Scouts, for the fellowship and activities, and you gave him back more screen time.
Today, you received an e-mail from school. Brendan was caught with a portable gaming system at school. He's allowed to have the game at school, but it's supposed to stay in his locker from morning bell until school ends, except for lunch period. The situation was worse, because he actually was messing with it in class.
Per regular rules, Brendan received six swats with his trousers down, for the game violation and disrupting class. (Yes, that sounds like a lot, but this school uses lighter paddles and reasonable swats, rather than swinging for the bleachers).
Until last year, you'd quite using corporal punishment with Brendan for several years. You started again through frustration as much as anything, but it seems to work well, so you stuck with it. Recently, you added a small paddle, and he seems to think that's very effective. You have never believed in 'trouble at home means trouble at school', but in this case, he had to violate the screen time agreement he had with you to get in trouble at school. Does that mean he's in trouble for each? If yes, will you spank, or should you try something else, since his rear is probably already tender?
By the way, his game is being held at school, and you have to have a meeting with Brendan and the principal before it will be returned, which probably won't happen before sometime next week, meaning he has at least four days without that game anyway, though his larger systems are still available.