Texas elementary school ends 'traditional' birthday spankings after parents complain


A Texas elementary school is putting a tradition to rest: The principal giving birthday spankings.

When a kid has a birthday at Alvord Elementary School, Principal Bridget Williams calls them back to her office for a birthday spanking.

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

Williams said she’s been doing the spankings for eight years. She recently sent out a letter after two parents complained.

The letter said that if parents don’t want their kids spanked to put it in writing and give it to the school’s office.

She noted that students who have requested not to receive the spankings has had the option to receive a hug or high five.

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