Student punished by school with a paddle
SPRINGTOWN, TX (NBC) -- A mother is angry and speaking out after her daughter was punished with a paddle at school.
The mother was okay with it at first until she learned who carried it out and to what extent.
Taylor Santos said she didn't know a classmate cheated off of her, but the school sent both girls to in-school suspension.
After the first day, Taylor requested a spanking instead of going back to day two.
The school called her mom, who approved, but she quickly disapproved when she saw the results.
"And I was bright red...like bad,” said Taylor. “It looked almost as if it had been burned and blistered, it was so bad."
Taylor’s mother, Anne, then learned who held the paddle.
"I came unglued,” she said.
A woman was in the room, but a man swatted Taylor even though district policy clearly states corporal punishment can only be administered by an employee who is the same sex as the student.
"I still have welts on me today,” said Taylor.
Taylor and her mother have photos of the injuries that cannot be showed on air. Her bottom was red and there were visible welts.
"He used too much force,” said Taylor.
Springtown superintendant said the school might have made an error, but the superintendant is now suggesting the rules need to be changed to allow for what happened.
He proposes getting rid of that same sex policy, because the make-up of some campus staff makes it too difficult to follow.
"I think Taylor's proof that we need to keep that policy because I don't believe a man intentionally meant to do that to her but it still happens because men are too big and strong to be hitting 96 pound girls."
The Springtown school board is scheduled to discuss any potential changes to the corporal punishment policy on Monday. Taylor's mother said she will be there.