Furious Mom Posts Video of 5-Year-Old Son Being Paddled at School
A Georgia mother recorded and shared a video of a school administrator paddling her five-year-old son after he misbehaved in school.
The footage above was posted to Facebook by Shana Perez, a resident of Covington, who had consented to the paddling.
She wrote: "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... Jasper county made me do this... I could not go to jail or my kids would have nothing ... I can't take care of my kids in jail."
The video (above) shows the boy, Thomas, screaming and trying to escape the physical punishment.
Perez said that Thomas had tried to hit a classmate and then spit on someone.
FOX Atlanta reported that Perez was told that Thomas was either going to be paddled as punishment or be suspended. She feared that if he was suspended, she could be arrested for truancy.
Thomas’ mother said she consented to the paddling because she felt pressured since she had previously been arrested for truancy after Thomas had missed 18 days. She said he was absent because he was being checked after symptoms which falsely pointed to cancer surfaced. She showed FOX 5 News a school calendar with the missed days, but did not have medical papers.
“She [the principal] never said ‘Well, you won't go to jail if he's suspended.’ She said ‘There's nothing else, no other way possible that they could do or could be done for him, but to be paddled,’” said Perez.
The school district released the following statement, emphasizing that corporal punishment is only used with the consent of a parent.
The Jasper County School District is aware of the video released by Ms. Perez. Unfortunately, the District is barred by State and Federal law from commenting about the specifics of this incident. The District respects every student's right to privacy. However, we can speak generally about the District's code of conduct which allows corporal punishment as one of the consequences for behavior. That code of conduct is provided to all parents. When corporal punishment is used, it is with parental consent. The District is investigating the incident and looking into its' discipline policies at this time.
Jasper County Sheriff Donnie Pope said a preliminary investigation of the paddling was conducted, but that corporal punishment isn't a crime in Georgia and that each school has its own policy.
Perez said she may consider legal action.
The Facebook video has been watched more than 2 million times.