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Principal's 'Birthday Spankings' Has Parents Upset

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 5/16/2018 Lindsey Murray

Principal Bridget Williams has been forced to end her eight-year 'birthday spanking' tradition at Alvord Elementary after parents called it 'inappropriate.': Principal's 'Birthday Spankings' Has Parents Upset © CBS 11 Principal's 'Birthday Spankings' Has Parents Upset When it’s your kid's birthday on a school day, they’ll likely get cupcakes, well wishes from the whole class, and maybe a candle to blow out. One thing they don’t necessarily expect: a “birthday spanking” from their principal. That is, unless they go to Alvord Elementary School in North Texas.

According to CBS 11, Principal Bridget Williams has had a tradition where she gives a firm pat to students' behinds on their birthdays (after their consent, apparently), known as a "birthday spanking." It's something she's reportedly done for nearly a decade, but is only now getting attention after two parents issued a complaint, calling the act "inappropriate."

After an issue was raised, Williams allegedly sent a note to parents saying they could write the school a letter if they did not want their child to receive a spanking.

Not soon after, the school district’s superintendent, Dr. Randy Brown, issued his own statement shutting the tradition completely.

“We have thoughtfully considered the concerns we have heard on this issue,” he wrote in his letter to parents. “We understand that while everyone doesn’t have a concern with this practice, some do.”

Even though the spankings have been canceled, many parents at the school feel it was all done in good fun. “I do it. My boys get birthday spankings at home,” one Alvord parent, Amanda Fry, told CSB 11.

Another, Lana Simmons, told The Associated Press that her child loved and “look forward” to getting spanked by the principal.

Parents agreed that principal Williams isn’t violently beating students or forcing them to do anything against their will, but spanking a child is controversial enough as is, so it's probably not the best idea to promote it in school.

[h/t Scary Mommy]

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