http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/01/15/guadian.tx.band.teacher.spit. As a science teacher, I am less appalled by the punishment as I am by the insinuation that 26 different kids' "spit" were on his son's hands!! I'd be willing to bet that 99+% of the liquid was water. "Spit" valve is such a misleading phrase when it is really the combination of warm breath and a colder horn condensing water vapor in the air that is primarily responsible for the liquid coming out of our horns rather than "spit" or saliva itself. Would parents be outraged if the band director said "for punishment you must hold your hands on the fawcet while it runs for 2 minutes?" Not really, much difference in my book. And we wonder why the lowest Standardised test scores are in science!