A father shocked students in a high school biology class by calling his daughter out of her seat and spanking her after learning she had disrupted the class.
The unusual intervention at Cudahy High School in Cudahy, Wis., near Milwaukee prompted school officials to call in police.
But Cudahy police and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare said after a review they found no basis for child abuse or neglect, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“Obviously it’s unusual to have a girl spanked in front of the class, it’s highly unusual, but not a police matter, not at this time from the information we received,” Cudahy police Sgt. Randy Scheel told the paper.
A school official said “students were horrified,” however, and some were angry administrators didn’t intervene to stop it.
“It took everybody by complete surprise,” said James P. Heiden, director of student services, according to the Milwaukee daily.
The paper said the district has changed its visitation policy for parents, allowing them now to meet students only in the office.
The girl’s mother told the Journal Sentinel it was an isolated incident and her daughter “comes from a very loving family.”
The incident was blown out of proportion and “the school handled it just fine,” she said, describing the spanking as a “misjudgment” for which the family apologized.
School officials said the girl had disrupted her biology class Feb. 11, which prompted assistant principal Greg DePue to notify her father when he happened to be at school the next day regarding a matter with another child.
According to DePue, the father responded, “You know what? There won’t be a problem in today’s class because I’m going to be in there.”
DePue said he took the parents to their daughter’s class, and the teacher stepped out to talk to them. DePue then took over the class momentarily while the conversation went on, and after a little more than a minute, the father entered the classroom, the Milwaukee paper said.
He called his daughter to the front and told her he would not have her disrupting the class.
The father then ordered her to turn around, and he spanked her bottom.
“It was so fast,” DePue told the Journal Sentinel. “It just happened.”
DePue said police immediately were called after he went to the school office with the parents and their daughter. The girl was put in a separate room.