KEY POINTS

  • The 6-year-old was accused of causing $50 worth of damage to computers at school
  • The mother did not know what to do, so filmed the incident as evidence
  • The school has not yet commented on the incident

The principal of a Florida elementary school is under probe and could face criminal charges after a viral video where she was seen whacking a six-year-old girl with a paddle, surfaced online, as per a local report.

The video of the incident was captured by the student's mother.

As per the reports from the local outlet WINK-TV, head of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Melissa Carter, was captured hitting the child with a wooden paddle several times for allegedly damaging a computer,

"The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her," the girl's mother told the TV station. "I had never hit her."

The mother of the six-year-old, whose name has not been mentioned in the report, said that she was called to the school by the authorities on April 13, 2021, as the officials claimed that her daughter had caused damage to a computer which was worth about $50.

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She went to the school to pay the fee for the damage but was instead sent to the principal's office where she found her daughter with a school clerk and Carter, according to the report.

Then, "the principal started to scream," she said.

The mother said that she was petrified to find out a lack of surveillance cameras in that area.

“What are we doing in this place? My daughter and I, alone,” she said.

She then decided to film the video of the brutal act in order to show it to the authorities, who otherwise wouldn't have believed her.

“Nobody would have believed me,” the mom told the outlet. “I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school.”

“I’m going to get justice for my daughter because if I could not do it in front of her, I’m going to do it with justice,” she added.

According to the report, she later took her daughter to a doctor to document the marks and bruises caused by the paddle.

The Clewiston Police Department and the Department of Children and Families confirmed that they are looking into this matter and have launched a probe into this incident.

The family's lawyer, Bret Provinsky, said that the State Attorney’s Office is now evaluating whether to level criminal charges against Carter and the clerk.

"That’s aggravated battery,” said Provinsky, an attorney who works with undocumented immigrants. “They’re using a weapon that can cause severe physical, harm.”

“The child is terrified, she feels vulnerable. There’s nothing she can do in the hands of these adults, who treated her so brutally, savagely, sadistically,” he added.

According to the report, the Hendry County School District policy does not allow corporal punishment.

Neither Carter nor the school has commented on the incident yet.