According to a local story, a Florida elementary school principal is being investigated for whacking a 6-year-old girl with a paddle in a disturbing incident that was caught on camera by the student’s mother.
Melissa Carter, the principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, was caught on camera bending the kid over and beating her with the wooden paddle several times, according to local news station WINK-TV.
“The hate in which she hit my daughter, I mean, it was a hatred that, truly, I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her,” the girl’s mother told a Spanish-language television station. “I’d never reach her before.”
The mother, who was not identified in the study, said she was contacted by the school on April 13 after her daughter allegedly caused $50 worth of damage to a computer.
According to the paper, she went to the school to pay the fee but was directed to the principal’s office, where she discovered her child with Carter and a school clerk.
The principal then began to cry, according to the tearful mother.
After finding a lack of security cameras, the parent became concerned.
“What are we doing here?” says the narrator. “My daughter and I, all by ourselves,” the mother wondered.
Since she was afraid that police wouldn’t believe her if she didn’t report the cruel punishment, she hid her phone in her purse and decided to record everything.
The mother told the outlet, “No one would have believed me.” “I gave up my daughter so that all parents can see what is going on at this school.”
According to the paper, she took her daughter to the doctor later that day to chart the red marks and bruises caused by the paddle.
The woman said, “I’m going to get justice for my daughter because if I couldn’t do it in front of her, I’m going to do it with justice.”
The incident is being investigated by the Clewiston Police Department and the Department of Children and Families, according to the outlet.
According to Bret Provinsky, a lawyer for the family, the State Attorney’s Office is considering whether to file criminal charges against Carter and the clerk.
“That’s aggravated battery,” said Provinsky, an illegal immigration solicitor. “They’re using a tool that has the potential to inflict serious bodily harm.”
“The child is frightened, and she perceives herself to be weak. In the hands of these adults, who treated her so harshly, savagely, and sadistically, there’s nothing she can do,” he said.
According to the study, corporal punishment is not permitted in the Hendry County School District.
Carter and the school district did not respond to requests for comment from the media outlet.
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