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CBS logo (WMAZ-TV), Macon, Georgia, 13 January 2014

Wilkinson sheriff investigating student's paddling

Sheriff Chatman Wilkinson County's sheriff says he is investigating whether an assistant middle-school principal went too far when he paddled a student.

Sheriff Richard Chatman says the paddling happened last Wednesday at the Wilkinson County middle school.

The parents of the student -- a 13-year-old seventh-grade boy -- filed a complaint a couple days later.

Chatman said the boy got three whacks with the paddle.

He was bruised afterwards, but Chatman said the boy did not see a doctor afterwards.

School Superintendent Aaron Geter said his office has already investigated the case. He said assistant principal Chad Elder handled the matter properly.

"The kid had some bruises, but it appears that we followed the proper protocol," he told 13WMAZ.

"We don't ever want a child to be injured or bruised, but we investigated and from my vantage point, we followed proper procedure," said Geter.

Under the school's policy, a child cannot be paddled unless a parent signs a waiver form at the start of the school year. Then, parents are notified before the child is paddled.

Georgia law allows corporal punishment and allows each school district to set their own policies.

In the 2013 school year, Laurens County schools used corporal punishment 1,505 times, Wilkinson schools 92 times.

But some school districts didn't use corporal punishment at all last year -- like neighboring Twiggs County and Houston County.


Two-minute news segment from local TV station 13 WMAZ Eyewitness News (13 Jan 2014) of which the above report is a very abbreviated summary. Interview with the Sheriff, who makes clear (which the above text version does not) that the parent had given permission for the three licks, having been offered a choice of that or some other punishment.


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