Believe me, Lindatooo, I'm with you about the parents. I do think they should have instilled a bit more respect for authority in this kid. He's 6 years old and apparently took toys to school that he should not have (how did he get out of the house like that?) and a bunch of other offenses.
And like I said earlier, I was never spanked, but always had a very high regard for my elders (I still call my parent's neighbors Mr, & Mrs. so and so and I'm 46 now). My thought is you can do it with some kids without spanking, but maybe not others, but as parents you have the responsibility to figure that out and turn out a kid who will eventually be a responsible adult.