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BOTD 4/8/16 "The Champion" A DMK Production

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1 BOTD 4/8/16 "The Champion" A DMK Production on Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:48 pm

David M. Katz

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Your twelve year old son, Paxton, is an avid baseball player and plays on a private community league.  Paxton's team won the regional championship over the weekend.  Paxton is very proud of this accomplishment. You use spanking with Paxton if needed.

This morning you and your spouse both had to leave for work early meaning Paxton had to get himself off to school.  (He has done this before with no problem.)  Paxton decides to wear his baseball uniform to school to show off.

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The problem is that the school dress code prohibits any kind of writing on shirts.  (Surprisingly baseball pants are perfectly acceptable under the dress code.) Paxton gets to school and is promptly sent to the office.

Paxton is told he needs to reverse his shirt or use a loaner shirt.  Paxton refuses and tells the AP that he is proud of his team and there is nothing wrong with a team name and number on a shirt.  Paxton says his shirt has nothing about sex, drugs or alcohol (which is why the rule is in place but, to keep administrators from having to make decisions, all writing is excluded.) Paxton stands firm with the AP and refuses to reverse his shirt or use a loaner.

You get a call from the AP.  You are told about the situation.  The AP says if Paxton does not comply then he will be sent home and suspended for the rest of the day. You are put on the phone with your son and you firmly tell him to do as he is told about the shirt. Paxton refuses your instruction too.  He says the rule is dumb and he is going to wear his baseball shirt.  Paxton absolutely will not comply.  The AP says he has no choice but to suspend your son and asks you to come pick him up.

What happens?

Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.


I explain to Paxton that, if this is how he responds to winning, then he won't be allowed to play in further games. He will comply, and he'd best hope I calm down before I get home, because right now I'm planning to wear him out for his blatant defiance.

Later, after we've talked about why his behavior (and attitude) are wrong, we'll sit down together and write a letter requesting permission for him to wear his uniform for a celebration day.

"In the end, it's just a story. But if you ask me, it's all true."


Ditto Jack. While I totally agree that it's a dumb rule, and am vehement that zero tolerance, far from being the progressive panacea they claim it is may be the most thoughtless evil thing perpetrated on kids in the last 30 years, sometimes you have to just "suck it up". Better Paxton learn that now.


Very Happy Ditto both Jack and Kier.....

hugs kal

Y Lee Coyote

This would be the perfect shirt to wear over his


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I'll go with Jack's answer also. I trust that the threat of not playing will have the desired result.



Personally I think the rule makes sense. I also think it is a pity that the school apparently doesn't use paddling to deal with children who break the rule and then are not prepared to take the easy and simple option offered in order to comply with it.

Seems Paxton is going to be suspended from school as well as suspended over my knees when we get home.

Last edited by ivor on Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:50 am; edited 1 time in total


This is rather tricky since I feel some personal responsibility here. With my son involved in competitive sport I should have been there for him, guiding him to cope with the thrill of victory, the disappointment of defeat and the stress of competition.

When we get home we'll be having a belated talk, a talk in which the words, pride, arrogance, anger and humility will feature.

What further sanctions, corporal or other (if any) will follow will depend on his attitude during this discussion.

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I'm inclined to agree with Kier and Jack. However, I'm also going to tell the school that there is no way that I can get out of work early that day to collect him so they will have to keep him in school!

When we both eventually get home, he'd better hope I have calmed down and that his attitude has worn off because I have a very good attitude adjuster hanging from the wall and how much use it gets will depend upon him!


A plague on both I think. One day in that shirt wouldnt have hurt. Its a sports shirt for goodness sake and I will tell the Principal that. I dont think its wiorth a day off school though and when they put my son on I will tell him that too. I will say if I have to come up to the school I will bring his paddle with me and we will deal with it before we leave the school. His choice

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