As was the case previously, Mable came home with a very sore bottom . She did not think that the principal could paddle her any harder than he had before, but she was wrong. She once again had received the maximum allowed, 10 swats, but he really laid them on her. Her butt was very sore and the drive home had proved to be quite painful. She knew that the moment that she walked in the door, that she would be sent for the paddle, but this time she was wrong. Her dad greeted her in the living room and handed her a pair of scissors. He told her to head out into the backyard and to cut two large switches to be used on her bottom . She had never had a switching , but she did not like the sounds of it. Her dad knew from his own childhood experiences, and summers on his grandparent’s farm, how very effective this could be.
CONAN: Now, here's an email from Alex: When I was in middle school and high school, a student at Indiana in the 1970s, I don't recall paddling being anything controversial. I recall paddlings were conducted by a teacher with a witness in an empty classroom and the student was given a choice: to receive one or two whacks with nothing more said about it or having parents called in. Interestingly, most kids elected for the paddling because they knew that getting their parents involved would be worse. Sarah Gonzalez, thank you so much for your time today. This is really interesting.