Crime Principal Who Paddled 6-Year-Old Child Won’t Face Criminal Charges; Mother Asked That the ‘School Spank the Child for Her’: Prosecutors
Video of Principal Allegedly Paddling Child Watched Over 300,000 Times
Some Florida school districts allow the use of corporal punishment but not the district where the principal works.The video is part of a news report from Southwest Florida's WINK News, which first reported the incident on April 29. It appears to show Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter paddling a student at the school. The school is located in Clewiston, Florida.
There will be no charges for a Florida school principal seen on video paddling a 6-year-old girl. Prosecutors found that it “appears clear” that the the mother “requested that the school spank the child for her.”
The three-page memo from the office of State Attorney Amira D. Fox clears Melissa Carter, whom authorities determined coordinated the paddling with the mother’s permission.
“It is of note that edited portions of the full video appear to have been cut and released to the media at different times, and have resulted in an incomplete and misleading account of the incident to the public,” Deputy Chief Assistant State Attorney Abraham R. Thornburg wrote in ato Sgt. Thomas Lewis of the Clewiston Police Department.
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“This is the new face of denial of access to public education,” one advocate said. “Now it’s just easier and covered under the guise of Covid protection."“It actually makes him sad,” said his mother, Mayra Irizarry. “He doesn’t understand why he’s not going to the school. He wants that interaction. He wants to be around kids.
Carter is the principal of Central Elementary School. She and school clerk Cecilia Self were being investigated in the paddling of a 6-year-old girl in front of the child’s mother.
The mom said she let it happen because she was afraid and secretly recorded it. Corporal punishment is legal in Florida, but, a local CBS station noted.
“Nobody would have believed me. I sacrificed my daughter, so all the parents can realize what’s happening in this school,” she told CBS affiliatein an anonymous interview translated from Spanish.
The mother claimed that the school called her on April 13 to tell her the 6-year-old damaged a computer, and the fee would be $50. The mother said that she wanted to pay the money, but she was brought to the principal’s office with just her daughter, Carter, and Self.
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“My daughter was already in the office,” she said. “The principal started to scream.”
Her attorney Brent ProbinskyCBS This Morning that his client did not expect the paddling to happen.
“It happened very quickly,” he said. “And the mom said, ‘I was so astounded, I was so shocked, I was just frozen for a few moments when she was paddling my child.'”
The lawyer told WINK that what happened was aggravated battery. The prosecutor’s office did not construe it that way.
They cited statements from Carter and Self. According to the prosecutor’s office, these school administrators said Self called the girl’s mother to say that she would be charged for damage to computer equipment. Self allegedly said that the mother replied that her daughter was also damaging things at home. The mom allegedly said that she was afraid to discipline her daughter through spanking because the 6-year-old girl threatened to call cops and the “DCF,” an apparent reference to Florida’s Department of Children and Families.
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According to authorities, Self claimed that it was the mother who suggested the school spank the girl for her. Self says she replied that they could do this, but the mother would have to go to the school and be there when the spanking happened if she wanted the school staff to do it.
The way prosecutors construed the video is that Carter and Self made sure to position the girl so she could be safely spanked and that their statements on the video matched with the account that the mother asked them to do this in the first place. The prosecution did not see the mother’s acquiescence as fear, but actual consent, with her saying “thank you” toward the end of the footage.
Prosecutors said that an interview with the child was consistent with that account, though this portion is redacted from the letter published on the state attorney’s website.
According to the prosecution letter, the mother told Hendry County deputies that there was a language barrier, and she had been “confused,” not correctly understanding the process surrounding the paddling. Prosecutors said she did not return calls from the Clewiston Police Department. Probinsky called back, asking whether she would be a suspect of criminal misconduct.
Florida principal who spanked student didn't commit a crime, state attorney's office says
The elementary school principal will not be facing criminal charges because the mother of the 6-year-old student "consented to the spanking,” according to a legal review.Footage of the April 13 incident, which was recorded by the mother on her cellphone, was shared with news outlets, sparking criticism of Central Elementary School principal Melissa Carter's actions. However, a legal review from the Office of State Attorney Amira Fox concluded that no crime was committed by Carter after reexamining evidence and documents from other law enforcement officials who investigated the incident.
Thornburg also took note of the mother’s statement to WINK about having “sacrificed” her daughter.
“Such a statement that she knew all along that the paddling was going to occur is wholly inconsistent with her initial statement to law enforcement that she was confused and did not consent,” he wrote.
The prosecutor asserted there was no misdemeanor battery because the mother consented to the paddling, and no aggravated battery because there was no evidence of great bodily harm or the like.
Probinsky, the mother’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s request for comment, sent to his office after hours.
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