I was spanked numerous times as a youth. My earliest recollection is when I was in the first grade. I was sent to Mrs Helen O’Gara, the school principal, for causing some disturbance in the classroom.
After a lecture, she sent me to ask the supervisor for the paddle. I later learned that she had several paddles in her office, but that she liked to use this method to humiliate kids. It worked, since I was in tears when I asked the supervisor for the paddle.