Georgia Mom: Tears, Regret Over Kindergartner's Paddling

Posted at 2:48 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 14:48:00-04

MONTICELLO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia mother says video of a school principal holding her kindergartner down for a paddling as he screams and tries to get away brings her to tears.

Shana Perez says she now regrets giving the public school permission to paddle her 5-year-old boy as a form of discipline.

WSB-TV aired video of the boy struggling with a woman Perez identified as his principal. The clips show the woman holding a large paddle at one point, but don't show the boy being struck.

Perez says she videotaped the discipline Wednesday, and that her son was being punished for spitting at another student.

The Jasper County School District, about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta, says it can't comment on this case, but said children are paddled only with parental consent.