A Georgia mother is upset after an elementary school principal paddled a 5-year-old while threatening to suspend the boy and notify the authorities if his mother tried to intervene.
A Georgia elementary school principal insisted on paddling a five-year-old student – and told the boy’s mother that if she tried to intervene he would be suspended and she would go to jail, the boy’s mom said.
Shana Marie Perez posted two videos on Facebook showing the incident at Jasper Primary School. In the video, the little boy appears to resist while the mother says she couldn’t do anything to stop them but the mother did not show the video of the actual paddling.
While the Jasper County School District would only comment that they were aware of the video and are investigating, the district noted that school rules allow for corporal punishment for certain behavior with parental consent. WXIA Atlanta reported that almost half of Georgia’s school districts still allow corporal punishment.
Perez said her son has medical problems, but did not go into detail, though she did say her son had missed 18 days of school so far. There has been an ongoing dispute with the school administrators, who she says had her arrested for truancy. She is currently out on bond so long as her son does not miss any more school.
“They told me if he could not get a paddling he would have to be suspended and if he got suspended for even one day I WILL go to jail for truancy,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “I could not go to jail or my kids would have nothing.”
The Sheriff’s Office countered her claim, saying “Ms. Perez would NOT have been re-arrested for the suspension in question … The sheriff’s office would not have pursued criminal charges based on the fact that an out of school suspension would not have shown negligence on the part of Ms. Perez since OSS absences are not within the parent’s control. After reviewing the facts of this case, no probable cause exists to substantiate the commission of a crime.”
Perez said she thought she signed a form this year opting out of the corporal punishment on her son.
As of Thursday evening, the video had been viewed and shared over a million times. .