Police Say Principal Who Paddled 6-Year-Old Did Not Commit a Crime | 22 Words

After dividing opinions on the internet, police in Florida have said the principal who hit a 6-year-old with a paddle did not commit a crime.

Now, it's the age-old debate that has divided parents for decades:

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Is it or is it not okay to spank your children?

Traditionally, spanking is regarded as an effective means of punishment.

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Those from a more old-fashioned, "stiff-upper-lip" background will recall being spanked as a child as the consequence of general misbehavior.

Admittedly, the controversial act has been found to provide some benefits for children later in life.

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According to a 2009 study by researchers from London's Institute of Education, children are more likely to grow into better-adjusted adults if their parents were disciplinarians, as per FQ Magazine.

The study elaborated that traditional "authoritative" parenting, such as being both firm and caring, leads to more "competent" children.

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Therefore it was concluded that, as long as the spank is reasonable and is seen as more of a deterrent against behavior and combined with love and affection for the child, it can have a positive effect on the child.

However, in more recent years...

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The controversy surrounding spanking has only grown.

Despite spanking seeming like an effective method to stop a child from misbehaving...

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In many cases, it only works in the short-term, and can actually cause many issues later on in life.

It has already been linked to the development of mental health issues, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and even substance use disorders.

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However, the relationship between spanking and brain activity had not previously been studied.

Thanks to these studies, many countries have made the act of smacking children illegal.

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In 1979, Sweden became the first country in the world to explicitly prohibit all forms of corporal punishment of children. Since then, more than sixty countries or territories have followed suit, including Brazil, Spain, France, New Zealand, Portugal, and South Korea – but not the U.S.

Anyway, fast forward to 2021 and a new video has reignited the debate.

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And it's truly shocking.

A Florida principal was captured on film paddling a 6-year-old pupil.

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The Clewiston Police Department told WINK News they are investigating a case of Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter.

The Department of Children and Families has also launched an investiagtion.

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The incident was captured on camera by the child's mother - who wishes to remain anonymous.

"The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I've never hit my daughter like she hit her," the mother said. "I never hit her."

"There are no cameras," she continued. "What are we doing in this place? My daughter and I, alone."

"Nobody would have believed me. I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what's happening in this school."

"I'm going to get justice for my daughter because if I could not do it in front of her, I'm going to do it with justice."

It was then revealed the 6-year-old student is receiving therapy to deal with the distressing incident.

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Brent Probinsky, the family's lawyer, spoke with TMZ and revealed that the girl's mother calls him twice a day in distress as the young girl cannot sleep, cries constantly, and feels generally terrorized by the incident.

But now, police have determined that the principal did not commit a crime.

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Though the internet doesn't agree...

Following a police report being filed against Carter, Hendry County Sheriff, Steve Whidden, reviewed the footage and "saw no crime being committed" from his "perspective."

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As per Wink News, a memo from the State Attorney's Office reads: "It is clear using a paddle to spank a child is not likely to cause death or great bodily harm."

It is now down to the state attorney to decide whether to bring charges against Carter, who is currently placed on administrative leave.

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In several Florida counties corporal punishment is still legal, however it is banned in Hendy where the incident took place.

What do you think of the shocking video?

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