Ok, A fellow of mine was in a class where the students (she is not the teacher she is in our MA program) had been discussing the methods of punishment used through out history in a wide variety of context. Things like capital punishment vs Jail, Greek exile vs public flogging, you get the idea. This is a H/S intro to soc. class I think. The students were assigned to write a short essay about how they were disciplined while growing up and analyze how the methods their parent or guardian used influenced their behavior, how the methods evolved and how effective they were from the students perspective. (all ready I had red flags going up) I read the response and I am paraphrasing with quotes. One student response was from a female who claimed her mother and father had "routinely" spanked her with a paddle while growing up and that the paddle hangs in her parents closet and would be used on her if she broke any of the "significant Rules". She also made statements regarding "getting it on the bare butt". She finished by saying that she hates getting spanked but says that she is well behaved because she knows she will get spanked for misbehaving (again paraphrasing here). OK HERE IS the three part Dilemma for me. 1. A student of teenage years reveals pants down paddle spanking to a teacher..... Does one report it as abuse? or is it acceptable discipline given that this is TN and people around here fully believe in spanking going to far as to let the schools use a paddle on kids. 2. I am not comfortable with a male teacher asking teens to describe their punishments..... it just feels wrong, and makes me think of a person with a fetish. HELP I don't want to think this way but..... 3. How many teen girls would go into such detail about this type of punishment? Bare butt spanking..... seems a little odd, almost like either a cry for help or a desire for attention, or maybe even a sexual thing? OK so am I over thinking this or what? I am debating on whether to advise the school counselor about this assignment and her note.