A Clewiston, Florida mother hid her cell phone inside her purse to capture her daughter’s elementary school principal paddling the 6-year-old girl while her aide held her down. The video is disturbing, to say the least.
When interviewed the mother admitted her difficulty with the English language, claiming to have been blindsided by Central Elementary School principal Melissa Carter when she was called to the school over her daughter’s apparent inflicting of $50 damage to school computer equipment. Rather than accepting the money, which the mother was more than willing to pay, the principal decided a paddling would be appropriate, with her aide, Cecilia Self, holding down the distressed child.
Corporal punishment is allowed in Florida schools, as well as 18 other states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. While most private schools have completely disavowed the practice, there are still cases of it cropping up in public schools like Central. Parental consent is not required to administer punishments.
A doctor visit after the abuse yielded documentation of injuries to the 6-year-old, including red marks and bruising. The mother is now pursuing criminal charges.
Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida serves approximately 600 students in from Pre-K to 5th grade. All students qualify as low-income, with the majority being black or Hispanic. Melissa Carter has been principal at the school for less than 7 years.