A video of school officials trying to paddle a 5-year-old child has gone viral on social media and has overwhelmed the mother who posted it. As of Friday the post has reached over two million views on Friday.
The Georgia mom that secretly recorded the incident of two Jasper County Primary School administrators attempting to spank her child on Wednesday, now says she regrets giving school administrators permission to punish him, reports CBS news. When the mom, Shana Perez posted the video she stated she had no choice but to agree with it as the school threatened to call the police.
What is most disturbing about the paddling is the way the two school officials identified as the principal and assistant principal attempt to hold the child before they administered the punishment. One official is even seen moving the boys shirt and hitching the boys pants up before she begins. The two officials, circle around the boy and make attempt after attempt to paddle him and persuade him to stop moving around, until they get to the point of holding him so they can do what they set out to do, but the fiesta 5-year-old dodges their attempts.
Perez stated she secretly recorded the incident and did not interfere because she was told if she did not go along with it her son, Thomas would be suspended.
“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… And I was not texting I was recording this… I couldn’t do anything to stop them,” Shana posted on her Facebook page.
Social media is outraged at the whole incident and you can’t scroll through Facebook without seeing the video posted and shared.
“Those teachers need to be fired, and that school needs to be sued, and under investigation,” posted Matt Arnold. Some have gone as far as to post the phone number of the school and encouraged others to call and voice their opinion. Although many assumed the boy was being punished for not attending school, the punishment was because he allegedly spit and fought with another child.
Jasper County School said, “When corporal punishment is used, it is with parental consent. The District is investigating the incident and looking into its discipline policies.”
The state of Georgia allows corporal punishment in schools. Ironically state law outlaws abuse, but allows the school to administer corporal punishment with parental consent, a form that Perez stated she never signed.
Perez told WXIA-TV that Thomas has been out sick and had 18 unexcused absence this school year and that she was arrested because of it. She also stated that she was worried her bond would be revoked and she would go back to jail and miss more work if she did not comply.
“It what not a paddling, it was not a spanking, it was abuse…I should not have been worried about going to jail, I should have been worried about my child,” said Perez.