The story goes like this: a group of girls went across campus and used the bathroom. Maybe they were talking or dallying or whatever... who knows? What's not disputed is that they were late to class.
These girls, who have already obviously hit puberty from the looks of the video, got spanked by the principal in public. This happened despite their parents signing forms stating they did NOT want this disciplinary option used on their children. School staff did not call the homes or use other means of discipline (detention, written warning). And to many of the commenters on the story, that's absolutely acceptable.
Katherine Roy of Lafayette, Louisiana, thinks this is really blown out of proportion. "oh get over it," she wrote. "those kids will be fine."
Michelle Sittig and several others agreed. "if it were my child, I would not be upset at all...nothing like a little good ole fashion discipline."
Still other commenters on the story phrased the problem in terms of who gets to decide when the paddle is used. If the parents didn't give permission, the school should NOT paddle. If the school did receive permission, there is nothing wrong with a good paddling and many of the folks writing in want you to know that they turned out OK and it isn't a big deal.
None of the commenters felt that paddling should be illegal in school or in private homes. Interesting. Check out the story and see what you think.