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Hendry County principal in paddling investigation wants to negotiate settlement

The Hendry County elementary school principal who was caught on video paddling a student wants to negotiate a settlement with the state Department of Education. WINK News first brought you the story of Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter in April. Carter’s response to the state stems from Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran finding probable cause […]

Central Elementary school principal approved other paddling of students, records show

A Central Elementary school principal under fire for paddling one student approved corporal punishment for four other students in the past. Melissa Carter was placed on paid leave as the Hendry County school district investigating the case of a student seen paddled on video by Carter in April. And now, according to investigative documents released […]

Hendry County principal’s attorney speaks for first time about paddling controversy

For the first time, we’re hearing from the attorney of a Clewiston school principal seen paddling a child as punishment. The video of the paddling was first brought to light by WINK News in late April and gained international attention. Corporal punishment is legal in Florida, but state law leaves it up to each county […]

State Attorney’s Office: School principal paddling of child is not a crime

A review by the State Attorney’s Office has found that a Central Elementary School principal in Clewiston did not commit a crime when she paddled a 6-year-old in front of the child’s mother. Principal Melissa Carter and Cecilia Self, a clerk at the school, were recorded by the child’s mother as Carter spanked the child […]

A previous paddling led to ban on corporal punishment in Hendry County schools

Paul Puletti, a former Hendry County school superintendent, is responsible for the ban on corporal punishment in the school district he used to lead. That’s why Puletti was surprised to see the video of Melissa Carter, Central Elementary School principal, paddling a 6-year-old student while a school clerk, Cecilia Self, held the girl down. “I […]