Alvord Elementary School in Texas is one place that likes to make children feel special on their birthday. But instead of announcing a child’s name over the intercom in the morning or giving them a special birthday treat during lunch, Alvord Elementary School principal Bridget Williams likes to give the students something she likes to call a “birthday spanking.”
That’s right: the principal “spanks” a child for their birthday.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I get pretty upset whenever I read the words “children” and “spanking” in the same sentence. The two just don’t go together. And I get just as angry and upset knowing that someone outside of the home might be spanking children. It doesn’t matter if it’s a disciplinary measure or “for fun” like at Alvord Elementary School. Spanking is a very controversial issue that upsets a lot of people. It’s also a topic that is often debated by both parents, childcare workers and medical professionals.
So why on Earth would a school think it’s OK to give a child a spanking on his or her birthday? That’s what a lot of people are asking this week. Here’s what we know so far.