I don't know if I'm doing a typical liberal over-react or speaking as a person who comes from a background which included child abuse or if this principal is really off his rocker - but in light of today's world's general disapproval of violence in schools and zero-tolerance for violence policies, I just don't see how this guy got away with this for so long - or why the school system seems so reluctant to punish him. At most schools, kids and classmates enjoy cupcakes and candy on their birthdays. But, at Washington Elementary School in Linn County, Iowa, administrator Terry Eisenbarth celebrates with a slightly less conventional tradition. Eisenbarth, the principal at Washington Elementary, is under fire for spanking kids with a padded hockey stick on their birthdays, a tradition he calls "whammies," The Des Moines Register reports. When word of the whammies spread, parents started to complain. Parent Steve Wernimont told the newspaper that his 7-year-old, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, "did not like it one bit." Wernimont went to the police and the school board, but only after Eisenbarth and Pamela Ewell, superintendent of the Mount Vernon Community School District, failed to respond to a concerned email. Members of the school board met Wednesday night to decide whether or not to take action against Eisenbarth. According to the Register, Carol Greta, an attorney at the Iowa Department of Education, said birthday spankings don't appear to violate a state ban on corporal punishment. Iowa School Principal Delivers Birthday Spankings to Students - ParentDish Now whacking a kid with a designer hockey stick for fun may not qualify as "corporal punishment" but surely it could, quite conceivably, qualify as a really sly way for an adult to get some free sexual fetish gratification. At the very least, to any child who's suffered at the hands of an abusive parent at home it's convinced him that he's not any safer at school. I wonder if the lucky birthday child was allowed to forego being the human pinata for the hockey stick wielding principal and get right to the gift pencil, calculator and candy or was it a mandatory whammie?