A Florida Principal is under an investigation after the mother of a 6-year-old girl recorded the principal paddling her daughter as a form of punishment.
The incident occurred at Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida on April 13th.
According to the report, the child was sent to the principal’s office for damaging a school computer.
While the matter was discussed with the child’s mother beforehand, the mother says there was a language barrier and that she did not fully understand what was going to happen.
The mother told the lawyer that she felt that her only choice was to secretly record the incident.
Shahar Pasch who is an education lawyer, says that the school’s priority is to accommodate the mother in her native language.
“Whether a parent or child is documented or not documented does not change their rights within the school setting,” Pasch said.
Pasch also stated that corporal punishment is not allowed in the county where the child was being educated and that where it’s allowed, is supposed to be used as a last resort as punishment progresses.
“They should really be doing some introspection; how can we help this child avoid whatever behavior is occurring which is leading them be sent to the office,” Pasch said.
Lastly, Pasch said that the there was supposed to be a police officer present during the incident, however, the women where the only three in the room.
The video shows the women paddling the child three times before telling the child to sit back down in a chair and to apologize to her mother for disrespecting her at home. The women also mention that the child is often sent to the principal’s office for her behavior and warn her that if she is sent back to the office that she would receive the same punishment.
When asked about the situation, the Hendry County School District said that they would not comment but the women has since been placed on administrative leave.