Family of 6-Year-Old Who Was Paddled by Principal Says They’re Happy She Was Punished

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Children make mistakes. They’re growing, they’re learning right from wrong and bad from good. And sometimes, they can get it wrong. A few decades ago, it wasn’t unheard of for teachers to hit their students when they had been particularly naughty. Whether it was a ruler against the knuckles or a paddle against the back of your legs.

But recently in Florida, a principal hit a student with a paddle and after the footage went viral, people were mortified by what they saw. But shockingly so, the family of the child was actually happy to report she “finally got some sort of punishment.”

Earlier this year, a video went viral of a school headmistress paddling a 6-year-old girl in front of her mother – who had secretly recorded the incident.

The footage was sickening, to say the least. Well, it turns out that the principal in question will be getting a harsh penance for the act, even though she was prematurely reinstated as headmistress.
The mother said in an interview with WKMG News, “The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was hatred that, really, I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her, I had never hit her. I sacrificed my daughter, so all the parents can realize what’s happening in this school.”
You can witness the appalling footage here.

The family’s attorney, Brent Probinsky said although the punishment was harsh, the family is overjoyed that the 6-year-old has learned a lesson.

Probinsky told TMZ that the principal in question, Melissa Carter, had recently received a letter from the Florida Department of Education, notifying her its investigation found probable cause for sanctions, which could include a fine, probation, suspension, or revocation of her teaching license (AKA, termination).
Nevertheless, there has yet to be a decision on what her punishment should actually be.

While Carter hasn’t spoken of the incident, the department of children and families released their report which includes a short conversation Carter had with investigators.

The department report states that “Carter stated the child scratched the screen of a chrome book computer and she told the child’s mother that it would be a $50 damage fee. She stated that the child’s mother told her secretary, Mrs. Self, that the child had been acting up at home and wanted to know if the school could paddle the child. Mrs. Self told the mother that’s she would have to be present for that to happen. The mother came up to the school. During the paddling the mother, child, AP Melissa Carter, and her secretary Mrs. Self were present.”
“The first lick was a good one and the second and third were soft taps. The mother never tried to stop her or said anything about it being too hard. She is confused why the mother requested it to happen and then recorded it.”
“She stated after the spanking the principal told the child to start listening to her mom and being respectful. She [the child] stated she feels humiliated because her mother has out the video on social media. She stated she would never intentionally hurt a child.”

Probinsky said the family is ultimately happy Carter will be facing some repercussions for her actions.

They hope it helps spread awareness to avoid a repeat situation with another kid.
But oddly, Carter was reinstated as principal this weekend by the local school district – seemingly jumping the gun ahead of the investigation.

The Child who got paddled is facing numerous issues following the assault.

The young girl is still dealing emotionally with everything. Probinsky said she has been experiencing severe pain in her back and hips and numbness in her legs. She is in physical therapy and is seeing a therapist due to the trauma she’s been through.
She has been moved to another school in the district following the event.

Last year, a school in Texas brought back corporal punishment including using a paddle to punish students.

The Three Rivers Independent School District includes 3 schools and the board of trustees approved the policy which will be allowing the use of paddles to be used as corporal punishment against misbehaving students, reports Fox News.
But luckily the policy also allows the parents to opt-out of the punishment for their kids. The board requires the parents to sign up to have their kids paddled and have the option to refuse to do so.
“If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion,” Three Rivers ISD Superintendent Mary Springs told the Caller-Times.
What do you think?