[Anonymous Texas Paddler’s Interview]
I find your website interesting, having been a coach and vice principal at several Texas high schools that use corporal punishment. I have paddled hundreds of
students, and can say that some of your points have merit, while others do not. I'd be happy to give an interview and set you straight . . . if you're interested.
Jeff: Can you tell me your name, what schools and cities you taught or coached or principaled in, what years, grade levels, etc. (Kind of your basic background in
Texas Paddler: Suburban schools outside Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso.
Jeff: What were your experiences with paddling as a child? How many times were you paddled, and in what ages or grade levels?
Texas Paddler: I attended schools that used corporal punishment, and I was
paddled several times in junior high school and high school.
Jeff: How often did you witness others being paddled, or were aware of it, in the various schools (elementary, Jr. high, sr. high).
Texas Paddler: Frequently/daily.
Jeff: How old are you?
Texas Paddler: 48
Jeff: Were girls paddled when you went to school? Were they paddled or witnessed by men?
Texas Paddler: Yes, but the percentage was lower then.
Jeff: How many paddlings do you estimate you directly administered? Can you break those down by grade level, or by type of school (elementary, jr. high, sr. high)?
Texas Paddler: 9th grade: 2500, 10th grade: 2000, 11th grade: 2000, 12th grade: 1500, student teacher/teacher: 50.