Authorities in Florida (USA) are investigating the punishment with a board given to a six-year-old student by two female teachers at a Clewiston school in the presence of her mother, a Latina immigrant who recorded the punishment and said she did not understand what was happening due to language barriers.
In the recording, two women are seen, one holding the minor, and the other hitting her on the buttocks at least three times with a wooden board, while the girl screams, cries and begs not to be beaten.
Melissa Carter, the principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, and the school’s secretary, Cecilia Self, are facing an investigation for allegedly administering corporal punishment, local channel WINK News reported.
The rectory of this South Florida school in Hendry County had called the minor’s mother arguing that she damaged a computer and was required to pay $50.
“By behaving and taking care of things, you don’t keep messing things up,” she is told after the beating, which occurred last April 13.
When the mother arrived at the school, the possibility of punishment was mentioned to her, but the mother said that due to the language barrier she did not understand the process.
Without knowing what was happening, she saw her daughter being “hatefully” hit and said she did not know what to do, because she thought that if she objected she would go to jail, so she said she preferred to record to report the incident when she realized she could do it.
In Florida, some school districts allow corporal punishment, but Hendry County, where the incident occurred, is not one of them.
A 6yo child in FL. was beaten by her school principal, in front of her mother, for damage she allegedly caused to a computer. ⚠️ this video is graphic. It’s infuriating, outrageous & shocking & the principal is now under criminal investigation. https://t.co/M3cIZeTMKa pic.twitter.com/HPAcbYXlXe
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 2, 2021