A Florida manager is under investigation after a video went viral of her using a paddle to discipline a 6-year-old in front of their mother.
Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter repeatedly spanks the child with the help of another school employee, NBC-2 reported. The child cries and tries to avoid paddling before being hit again in the video.
The child allegedly damaged a school computer and his mother was called on April 13 to pay the charges, The New York Post reported. When the mother arrived at school, she was sent to the principal’s office where she found Carter, her daughter and the school clerk.
A language barrier caused the mother not to understand what was going on and she filmed the incident, according to WINK-TV.
“The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really, I never hit my daughter like she hit her,” the mother told WINK News.
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Florida law allows corporal punishment if it is pre-approved by the school principal “but approval is not required for each specific case in which it is used,” the law says. the punishable offenses, the conditions under which the sentence must be administered and the specific staff of school personnel authorized to administer the sentence. ”
According to the Hendry County District Schools Student Handbook, any student who intentionally damages a school device is subject to disciplinary action ranging from verbal warnings to expulsion. There is no mention of paddling or corporal punishment.
WINK-TV has confirmed that the Department of Children and Families and the Clewiston Police Department are investigating the incident. The police department said they received a call on April 14 asking an officer at Hendry Regional Medical Center about the incident.
“The Clewiston Police Department takes all child protection matters seriously and remains committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community,” read a press release.
A representative from the Hendry County School District told USA TODAY the situation was under investigation and they could not comment further.
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