I wonder how common bare-bottom spankings were in those one-room schoolhouses - haven’t seen many historical accounts on the subject.
I guess that it had to be reserved for really serious or too frequent misdemeanors, and probably used only on boys. But was it private or public? An interesting question.
Of course, it was humiliating when the schoolmaster ordered an unruly kid to see him after the lessons, and everyone in class understood what was going to happen. But they wouldn’t witness the spanking itself; maybe only close buddies would see the well-reddened rump at the swimming hole. Perhaps this punishment would have even less onlookers than a domestic one, and I’m sure that boys who would earn themselves a harsh spanking at school were no strangers to bare-bottom whippings at home.
So, to make a threatening example the punishment had to be public. Pulling down the pants, bending over, trying to take painful licks “as a man” - everything would be much more embarrassing in front of mates, girls, younger kids… And more effective as an attitude adjuster: the culprit wouldn’t want to relive this moment, and almost no one in the classroom would like to get themselves into the same position.
I bet most people back then had no problems with whipping a teenager’s naked butt; but what about its public display? Would it be considered decent, especially with the girls looking? Or were private spankings preferable despite being a little less humiliating?
Well… who knows. All these questions don’t distract me from enjoying a good school spanking art!