Florida school principal is prosecuted after beating a six-year-old with a paddle in front of the girl’s shocked mother as punishment for damaging a computer
- The six-year-old girl was charged with $ 50 damage to computers at school
- Her mother arrived at Central Elementary in Clewiston on April 13 to pay
- She was admitted to the office of Melissa Carter, the director
- She didn’t speak much English and was confused by what was happening
- Carter then took out a wooden paddle and hit the girl on the bottom
- The mother didn’t know what to do, so filmed the incident as evidence
- She said she “sacrificed” her daughter to show what was happening at school
- Corporal punishment is permitted in some school districts, but not Hendry County
A Florida school principal is facing criminal charges after she was filmed hitting a crying six-year-old girl with a paddle while her confused mother watched.
Melissa Carter, principal of the Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is being investigated by the police, WINK News reported.
Corporal punishment is not allowed in the Hendry County school district.
The unnamed mother said she was called to her daughter’s school after officials complained she caused $ 50 worth of damage to a school computer.
The mother, who is not fluent in English, did not understand what happened when she arrived at the school on April 13 to pay the $ 50 fine, but was taken to the principal’s office where her daughter was waiting.
Melissa Carter, left, is seen hitting the six-year-old child with a wooden paddle on April 13
The little girl can be heard wailing and crying while being hit with the paddle at school
Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida, has yet to comment on the video
“ The hatred she hit my daughter with, I mean, it was a hate that, really, I’ve never hit my daughter the way she hit her, ” the tearful mother told WINK News.
“I had never hit her before.”
She said, “My daughter was already in the office. The director started to scream.
‘There were no cameras. What are we doing in this place? My daughter and I, alone. ‘
She said she did not know what to do and feared that intervening in the sentence would lead to problems for her too, as her immigration status would be questioned.
She filmed the incident, not knowing what else to do.
‘Nobody would have believed me.
“I sacrificed my daughter so that all parents can understand what is happening in this school.”
Melissa Carter, the principal of the Central Elementary School, is facing criminal charges
Cecilia Self, indeed, was asked to translate, but the mother claims she didn’t
Bret Provinsky, the mother’s attorney, said the prosecution is reviewing the case to see if they are bringing criminal charges against Carter and Cecilia Self, the school’s clerk, who was seen in the room in the video. .
The school district website states, “The superintendent will designate sanctions for rule violations, other than corporal punishment.”
Neither Carter nor the school have responded to requests for comment.
“I don’t mind discipline with permission, but not when there is a language barrier,” said Ruby Monroe, whose grandson attends school.
She told WINK News, “I worked for the state of Florida for 34 years and we always had an interpreter.”
Herself, the registrar, had been assigned to translate for the mother, but the mother said she had not.