Former Hendry County Principal Paul Pretti is responsible for banning corporal punishment in the school district he led.
So Pretty was surprised to see a video of school clerk Cecilia Self holding down a girl while Melissa Carter, the principal of Central Elementary School, was rowing a six-year-old student.
“Is it possible for someone to see the tape and not be disturbed by it? Then their hearts will be smaller than I am,” Pretty said.
The voicemail left for Carter and Self was not returned on Tuesday.
Paddling occurred after a student was allegedly damaged a school computer, and managers called the mother to school and urged her to pay a $ 50 bill for the damage.
Police reported that her daughter was rowed by Carter while Self was holding down her child. The child’s mother recorded paddling, but was afraid to stop it because of her immigrant status.
The mother then took her daughter to the hospital to record her injury.
The case is under investigation by the Clewiston Police Department and the Children’s and Family Affairs Department.
The child’s mother’s lawyer, Brent Provincree, said the case was under consideration by a state law firm.
This video, which has become a national headline, is not the first time a child has rowed in Hendry County.
In fact, there was paddling during his tenure as the director of Pretty by the principal of the same school, and corporal punishment was banned in 2016, Pretty said.
“In the first case, the child was bruised and the manager was upset,” said Puletti, who headed the school district from 2012 to 2020.
The principal at the time spent more than 30 years on “stainless records,” but no one remembers it.
“He just fell apart. Yeah, I don’t mean he’s Jero’s shivering bowl, but I mean he felt terrible about this,” Puletti said. It was.
The Hendry County Board of Education has eliminated corporal punishment to protect the school district from litigation and harm from children, as well as to protect educators from bad mistakes.
“So I said, let’s stop this anymore,” Pretty said. “It’s not worth the risk to the child. It’s not worth the risk to the school system and those with a career.”
Well, that’s Carter’s career.
Pretty chose Carter to lead Central Elementary School. He described her as a “homemade educator.”
“And I’m sure she knows her like I do now. She’s now guessing what she did second,” Puletti said.
Pretty told WINK News that he was blaming three adults in the room with his children.
“They failed the child,” Puletti said.
The Hendry County School District statement remains “no comment.”
Previous paddling led to a ban on corporal punishment at schools in Hendry County
Source link Previous paddling led to a ban on corporal punishment at schools in Hendry County