A Squarecutter Production
You and your family are from Scotland and recently you took up a new role at your company's offices in Texas which came with a promotion. Your 12 year old boy, Ronnie, has taken to the change like a duck to water and has started at the local middle school in the suburb you moved into. Ronnie has made friends easily and the picture was taken when, amid much good natured teasing, Ronnie wore his traditional kilt to show and tell.
All was well until this Ronnie handed you this note:
Several boys, including your son, were caught roughhousing in the gym changing room after a lesson and, according to school rules, are due punishment as important safety rules were breached. You may either agree to - receiving 3 swats with the paddle or a Saturday morning punishment of no less than 2 hours. Please return this note with your chosen option as soon as possible ...
The thing is, in Scotland, corporal punishment was abolished years ago and you last spanked Ronnie when he was 10. You knew Texas was different but hadn't given it much thought. However, when you tell Ronnie he will be doing detention he begs you to let him take the swats.
"Dad, I'm with the big boys now and I'm as guilty as the rest. All the other guys are going to have the paddle. Most of them have had it before and survived. They'll just see me as a wee Jessie if I do detention, especially after they saw me in my kilt"
Is this a cultural experience you want for Ronnie?