Principal Paddles 6-Year-Old Girl In Disturbing Viral Video Filmed By Mom
According to Fox 4 television, a Florida elementary school principal who was caught paddling a 6-year-old girl in a viral video secretly filmed by the student's mother is currently under investigation by police.
Melissa Carter, the headmistress of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, hit the whimpering child on the back with a wooden paddle at least three times after a school worker identified as Cecilia Self held the girl against a table, reported WINK, a CBS daughter in Fort Meyers . The beatings were allegedly intended as a penalty for $ 50 damage to a computer.
Corporal punishment is legal in Florida but is prohibited in the Hendry County School District, where Central Elementary is located, Fox 4 reported.
The unidentified Clewiston mother, who said she was called to school to pay for the computer damage, said she secretly turned on her cell phone camera because she had not seen surveillance cameras in the office with the headmaster and clerk.
"Nobody would have believed me," said the mother to WINK.
"The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean, it was a hate that I really never hit my daughter the way she hit her," the girl's mother told the Spanish TV channel. "I never hit her."
According to WINK, the Clewiston Police Department and the Department of Children and Families are investigating. Prosecutors are considering criminal charges against Clark and the employee, a family lawyer said.
"The child is scared, it feels vulnerable," said lawyer Brent Provinsky. "She can do nothing in the hands of these adults who have treated her so brutally, wildly and sadistically."
Provinsky told CBS News the mother was afraid to intervene because she felt intimidated and was undocumented.
A person in the central elementary school office told HuffPost that the headmaster was out of work on Monday but would otherwise not comment. The school district, police and family lawyer did not immediately respond to HuffPost's comments.
Then in 2016 - U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. called for corporal punishment to be banned, but this continues in some places to this day. Calling it obsolete, King said, "Educators, civil rights activists, medical professionals and researchers agree that it is harmful to students and that the data shows that we clearly disproportionately influence students of skin color and students with disabilities."
Commenting on a 2019 study of corporal punishment, Zoe Savitsky, then associate legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said, “It also destroys a child's trust in educators, damaging learning relationships. Quite simply, corporal punishment is not part of school. "
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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