The mother of the 6-year-old girl she videoed getting paddled by her elementary school’s principal is seeking therapy for herself and for her child.
On Tuesday, family lawyer Brent Probinsky told TMZ that both the girl — who was spanked on April 13 by Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter over $50 worth of computer damage — and her mother are getting professional help.
Probinsky adds that the child is unable to sleep, cries constantly, and is traumatized by the event.
As reported by outlets including WINK, on April 13, the school called the mother informing her that her child had caused damage to a computer.
Per a police report, the mother was allegedly told there would be paddling involved, with a deputy present. However, the mother didn’t fully understand the process due to a language barrier.
When the mother went to the school to pay the fee, she says she was taken to the principal’s office, where she found her daughter, the principal, and clerk Cecilia Self. However, there reportedly was no deputy present.
“My daughter was already in the office,” the mother told WINK. “The principal started to scream.”
“There are no cameras,” the mother added. “What are we doing in this place? My daughter and I, alone.”
Under the impression that her options were limited, the mother hid her phone in her purse and began recording the principal hitting her daughter multiple times with a paddle.
“Nobody would have believed me,” the mother said. “I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school.”
In the video, Self is seen holding down the child as Carter uses the paddle.
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
According to WINK, Hendry County School District policy does not allow corporal punishment.
The mother took her daughter to the doctor the same day to document the red marks and bruises caused by the paddle.
On Tuesday, Probinsky told TMZ that the mother is riddled with guilt over the incident and says she — who is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico along with her husband — was afraid she would get deported if she reported the incident.
Fortunately, the mother ended up reporting the event, which Probinsky says is being reviewed by the state attorney's office, as well as the school district and the Florida Dept. of Education.
Probinsky alleges the girl was a victim of aggravated battery and wants both the principal and the clerk to be stripped of their education licenses.