Today Show has an article about a female student in Texas who was paddled as punishment by the male vice-principal. While they agreed to the punishment over a suspension, they did not realize that it would be done by a man, nor how hard he would paddle her.
“Liar, liar, pants on fire,” is how the saying goes, but teens accused of cheating at one Texas high school may find themselves with inflamed tushes, for real. One sophomore accused of cheating wound up with a behind that looked like it had been “burned and blistered,” according to her mom, after the school’s male vice principal paddled her.
A male vice principal doled out Taylor's punishment, in violation of the Springtown Independent School District policy, which states, "Corporal punishment shall be administered only by an employee who is the same sex as the student."
The complete article can be found at: http://moms.today.com/_news/2012/09/24/14069147-mom-protests-after-daughter-paddled-hard-by-male-vice-principal?lite 
I would not want my child to be punished this way regardless of gender, I feel there are more appropriate ways that a school can dole out punishments. You could have a young boy who is no match up against a full grown man.
Would you let your child be spanked or paddled by a school official? Is it legal in your state, and if so, is it widely used in your school district?