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The Gaffney Ledger, South Carolina, 14 December 1983

School paddling brings law suit

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LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- A high school assistant principal being sued for paddling a student testified Tuesday that he issued the punishment only after the girl requested paddling in lieu of in-school suspension.

Glenn Varney of Dunn High School testified in Harnett Superior Court that he gave five slaps with a paddle to Shelley Gaspersohn in December 1981. Her parents, Marlene and Arnold Gaspersohn, claim in a civil suit that their daughter, who was 17 at the time, suffered permanent damage as a result.

The parents want $100,000 in actual damages from Varney and the Harnett County school board and $50,000 in punitive damages from Varney.

Varney said Miss Gaspersohn and two other female students received six days of in-school suspension for skipping school for one day, a punishment prescribed by school system policy. Suspended students attend separate classes and do not eat lunch with other students.

The three asked for paddling instead of internal suspension, Varney testified, but he said he refused at first because he felt the 18 slaps required by school policy would have been too harsh.

Varney said halfway through the suspension period, the girls again requested paddling and he agreed to give each girl six slaps with a paddle to complete the punishment.

Miss Gaspersohn's punishment consisted of five slaps because of an interruption involving the adult witness required to observe such punishments.

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