Oxford, AL - Eighteen senior girls were singled out for wearing inappropriate dresses to their prom and given a punishment choice between paddling and 3 days' suspension. 17 of the girls chose paddling, while one chose the suspension. The girl who chose suspension claimed "I am a little old to be getting paddled. This is high school, we are seniors."
But evidently, in the eyes of the male principal, paddling young 17 and 18-year old girls is the proper punishment and he set about the awful task of carrying out the paddlings in his private office.
The girls, after receiving punishment in their offensive outfits, were then allowed to go back to the prom without a dress change. Said the principal, "yes, the dresses were inappropriate, but I think the paddling was punishment enough. However, I made sure I kept my eye on them closely the rest of the evening for any inappropriate behavior due to the dresses' undue influence on the young men attending the prom."
The girl that chose suspension unfortunately had to miss her prom, but the principal has since told her that she can take a make-up paddling if she wants to reconsider, but only if she wears the offending dress-which the principal claims showed too much cleavage and was way too short-while being paddled to remind her of her why the paddling was necessary. Otherwise, the suspension will remain on her school record indefinitely.