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Texas Spanking: A Sexual Assault?


In the opinion of this forensic psychiatrist, a sexual assault occurred at Springtown High School in Texas, without any charges being filed. The sexual assault I refer to was the spanking of a 15-year-old Taylor Santos by the male vice principal of her high school because she allegedly allowed another student to copy her classwork.


The spanking by the male vice principal, which supposedly occurred after Ms. Santos opted for the spanking rather than for another day of in-school suspension from classes (having already served one day), reportedly left the girl with blisters and burns on her bottom.


Regardless of the fact that spanking public school students is legal in Texas, I believe this case crosses the line and ought not be a protected act. Certainly, we would all agree that if, for example, a student’s hipbone were broken, that legal spanking would not forgive that injury.  I class this spanking in that category.


It is common sense that a state law that allows adult teachers to spank teenagers could easily invite sexual assaults under the guise of discipline.


Outrageously, the school has now changed the spanking policy to embrace the activity of the vice principal—by eliminating its prior guideline that spankings should always be delivered by school staff of the same gender. For this, the Superintendant and other officials should be ashamed.


The psychological and legal truth—trust me, I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry— is that the District Attorney serving the county that includes Springtown (near Fort Worth) needs a good spanking from the governor if he or she doesn’t investigate this case further for possible charges against the vice principal for indecent assault on a minor.

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