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Florida state attorney says principal who paddled child did not commit crime

Added 05-09-21 06:57:04pm EST - “A Florida school principal will not be charged after? spanking a 6-year-old girl with a wooden paddle while the girl's mother was present, a state's attorney said Friday.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Florida state attorney says principal who paddled child did not commit crime”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Florida school principal will not be charged after spanking a 6-year-old girl with a wooden paddle while the girl's mother was present, a state's attorney said Friday.

A memo sent by the Florida State Attorney's office informed the Clewiston Police Department on Friday that principal Melissa Carter will not be charged over the incident, which was caught on video secretly filmed by the girl's mother.

According to the memo from the State Attorney's office, the girl's mother was told to come to Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Fla., last month to pay $50 in order to cover damages her daughter had intentionally caused to a school computer.

The principal and another school official both said in statements to the State Attorney's office that the girl's mother told them over the phone that she was afraid to discipline her child for fear of statements the child had made threatening to call police or other authorities in response. The girl's mother allegedly requested the spanking of her daughter over the phone, the two school officials said, and was told that she would have to be present at the school and specifically request the punishment, which she did.

The decision comes after the child's mother told news outlets including local news affiliate WINK that she had allowed the spanking to occur to document what was happening at the school, a statement the State Attorney's office said was inconsistent with other explanations she gave to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office after the incident occurred.

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