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Parents complain after TX principal gave students birthday spankings

Posted at 2:31 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 14:31:29-04

TEXAS (KTVT/CNN) - When a kid has a birthday at Alvord Elementary School, Principal Bridget Williams calls them back to her officer for a birthday spanking.

A playful hit for each year and a pinch to "grow on".

She sent a home last month when two parents complained.

Willams says she's been doing the spankings for eight years, and that if parents don't want their kids spanked to put it in writing at the office.

The reaction from parents was overwhelming.

"It's a birthday. It's one, two, three, whatever. And one to grow on. Now if they had a board beating them, that's a different story,” said Martha pippin, the grandparent of a student.

"I think it's a fun tradition. My kids love it. They always look forward to it," said parent, Lana Simmons.

However, some parents called it inappropriate and said others agree with them but are afraid to speak out.

The superintendent said the principal decided to stop the birthday spankings altogether and that there are more important issues to focus on.

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