Florida principal paddles 6-year-old girl in viral video

By: | May 4, 2021

A Florida elementary school principal caught paddling a 6-year-old girl in viral video secretly filmed by the student’s mother is now under police investigation, according to TV station Fox 4.

Melissa Carter, the principal at Central Elementary School in Clewiston, hit the whimpering child at least three times on the rear with a wooden paddle after a school clerk identified as Cecilia Self held the girl against a table, reported WINK, a CBS affiliate in Fort Meyers. The blows reportedly were intended as punishment for $50 in damage to a computer.

Corporal punishment is legal in Florida, but prohibited in the Hendry County School District, where Central Elementary is located, Fox 4 reported.

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