The mother who videotaped her 6-year-old girl getting whacked with a wooden paddle by the school principal says that she and her daughter are now seeking therapy.
On April 13th, 2021, Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter gave the child three hard whacks with the help of Cecilia Self, a clerk at the elementary school.
On Tuesday, the family lawyer Brent Probinsky told TMZ that both the girl and her mother are getting professional help.
It’s been reported that the girl was spanked due to $50 worth of computer damage at the school.
The family’s lawyer, Brent Probinsky, said that Clewiston police have turned over the investigation to the State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit. The state attorney’s office is deciding whether they will bring criminal charges against Carter and Self.
Probinsky insists this was aggravated battery and is pushing for officials to strip Carter and Self of their education licenses, so they can’t teach in Florida ever again.
Professor Renalia DuBose, a Law Professor and a former administrator from Pasco, Hillsborough, and Orange County said to The Free Press in a statement, “Florida statute 1003.32 (1) (k) outlines the use of corporal punishment, but the State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.006, FAC states that educators have an obligation to make reasonable efforts to protect students from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student’s mental and/or physical health and/or safety. If Carter is found in violation of the Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida, she could face revocation or suspension of the individual educator’s certificate.”
We will update this story when and if criminal charges are filed.
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