Monroe City about to ban corporal punishment.
The curious case of Mr. Roy Neal Schelling. In 1998 he was sentenced to thirty years for murder PDF. He was only 30 then so he could only have been paddling for less than ten years starting in 1988.
However embellished some accounts of school corporal punishment are given his history his behavior would be all that surprising.
It became entertainment for the class watching me and others do our little dance day after day.
Mr. Matthew Williams was the principal of Carroll Jr. High. He had big hands and was a football coach. His licks hurt.
He spent so much time paddling us until he had a designated paddler, Mr. Roy Neal Shelling.
Every student that broke the rules was marched to Mr. Shelling's room on his free period and he spent his free period paddling boys on the buttocks and girls in the hands.
Mr. Shelling thought the paddling was a teachable moment. He decided to teach us math while he paddled us.
He took the trash can and told me to bend over the trash can. "That is a 45 degree angle," he said.
He then swung that paddle with a force that was hard enough to sting but not hard enough to injure.
Upon impact I jumped up straight. When I straighted up, jumping around and holding my behind he said, "Now that you are standing up straight, that's a 180 degree angle."
When I turned around and around, he said, "That's a 360 degree turn."
Shelling spanked everybody. Often he didn't know what he was spanking them for; but everyone left with stinging pants, a story to tell and a claim to fame.
Some of us thought we were smart. We knew we would be spanked so we wore two or three pair of pants, took our licking and kept on ticking.
The school board's present policy would have been laughable back in the day. Only three licks? With that little bitty paddle, are you serious?
The nice girls got three licks. The tough boys got 10 licks even 20 or 25 depending on how tough they tried to be.