|A switch is a wooden disciplinarian tool used to administrate corporal punishment on felonious offenders. In other words, it's a stick for whuppin' people with. Troy and his grandmother introduced Britta to the concept, and it left a memorable impression that she won't soon forget. Its first appearance and only usage was in the Season One episode "Basic Genealogy".|
|In the study group's first year together at Greendale, the school invited students' family members to join their loved ones on campus for a big Family Day event. Troy mentioned to the study group that his grandmother, Nana Barnes, had decided to come for a visit. He was not looking forward to it and told them how crazy she was. Britta chastised Troy for his attitude, claiming that old people like his grandmother should be cherished. Later that day, Britta ran into Troy and his grandmother and tried to compliment her. Britta hinted that she must have had a lot of suitors back in the day. Nana Barnes interpreted that to mean Britta was suggesting she slept around when she was younger. Wanting to apologize for her perceived insult, Britta offered to make up to her, and Nana Barnes demanded that she find her a switch.
|Britta was confused, so Troy explained that a switch is a wooden rod used to discipline children. Britta commenced a search for the perfect switch and found a branch outside. She and Troy met up with Nana Barnes who was waiting for them in the Spanish classroom. Britta handed over the switch and held out her hands eager to receive her punishment. Nana explained she was to be spanked, not rapped on the knuckles and told Britta to drop her drawers and get across her lap. Ignoring Troy's pleas to just walk away from the situation, Britta complied not wanting to seem like a hypocrite.
|As soon as Britta was in position, Nana Barnes proceeded to start the whuppin. Britta was fine at first but eventually the hits became harsher until she started to cry out in pain. Witnessing the display, Troy broke down crying and pleaded with his grandmother to stop. Unfortunately, Nana Barnes was so intent on inflicting punishment that she ignored not only Troy but also Amber and Jeff who had wandered into the room. Afterwards, Troy met up with Britta in the cafeteria where she was still sore over the beating. Britta admitted he was right and that his grandmother was a monster. Nana Barnes appeared, having overheard that part of their conversation. She then demanded another switch, so she could use it on Troy for having insulted her ("Basic Genealogy").
|“||Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.||”|
|The use of a switch is a form of corporal punishment which was once considered in the past to be a suitable disciplinary method. It involved striking the offender repeatedly with an instrument, in this case a wooden stick, usually on the rear end. The severity and frequency of the strikes varied, generally in accordance with how bad the offense was. However, alternative and less painful punishments have become more acceptable in modern times due to current social mores. Originally such switches and paddles were also summarily used in schools by the faculty on the students. Eventually complaints and lawsuits from parents about this practice resulted in bans in most states. A persons parental rights regarding use of a switch on their own children has been scrutinized as well. The debate on this type of punishment continues as more high profile cases, such as the 2014 Adrian Peterson incident, become public.