I am 100% for spanking. I was spanked with a spoon when I lied, openly disobeyed my parents, or put myself/someone else in danger. I turned out just fine. BUT, 36 times with an object? That seems a little overboard.
To be honest, I really think it depends on the child, also. I know that one child may view a spanking with an object as discipline, while the other may be more sensitive and view it as abuse(later in life). I come from a family that this happened and it really opened my eyes that children are individuals, also.