Welcome to Mothering, Indian summer.
Spankings are always that bad. Please take some time to read some of the information in our Gentle Discipline Resources page.
Luckiestgirl - thank you for posting this. It is perfectly appropriate here but it would be great if you would also post it in our Activism forum for members who do not homeschool. I'm sure there are plenty of MDC parents who would help by spreading the word and complaining where they can.