Shocking video of principal ‘paddling’ child

A disturbing video has emerged of a small child being paddled by a school principal. The incident left the girl suffering from bruises.

A Florida elementary school principal is under investigation for whacking a six-year-old girl with a paddle in a shocking incident that was captured on video by the student’s mother, according to a local report.

Melissa Carter, head of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, was filmed bending the child over and hitting her several times with the wooden paddle, local outlet WINK-TV reported.

“The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her,” the girl’s mother told the TV-station in Spanish. “I had never hit her.”

The mum, who wasn’t named in the report, said she was called by the school on April 13 because her daughter had apparently caused about $50-worth of damage to a computer.

She went to the school to pay the fee – but was sent to the principal’s office, where she found her child with Ms Carter and a school clerk, according to the report.

Then, “the principal started to scream,” the tearful mum said.

She looked around and got nervous after noticing a lack of surveillance cameras.

“What are we doing in this place? My daughter and I, alone,” the mum said she wondered.

So she hid her phone in her purse and decided to record the brutal punishment – fearing that authorities wouldn’t believe her otherwise.

“Nobody would have believed me,” the mum told the outlet. “I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realise what’s happening in this school.”

She took her daughter to a doctor later that day to document the red marks and bruises caused by the paddle, the report said.

“I’m going to get justice for my daughter because if I could not do it in front of her, I’m going to do it with justice,” the woman said.

The Clewiston Police Department and the Department of Children and Families confirmed to the outlet that they are investigating the incident.

The State Attorney’s Office is now deciding whether to bring criminal charges against Ms Carter and the clerk, according to Bret Provinsky, a lawyer for the family.

“That’s aggravated battery,” said Mr Provinsky, a lawyer who works with undocumented immigrants. “They’re using a weapon that can cause severe physical, harm.

“The child is terrified, she feels vulnerable. There’s nothing she can do in the hands of these adults, who treated her so brutally, savagely, sadistically,” he added.

The Hendry County School District policy does not allow corporal punishment, the report added.

Requests for a comment from Ms Carter and the school district were not returned.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and reproduced with permission

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