6-Year-Old Who Was Paddled By Teacher Still Feeling Pain

by : Hannah Smith on : 17 Jun 2021 16:13
6-Year-Old Who Was Paddled By Teacher Still Feeling PainWINK News

A six-year-old who was beaten with a paddle by a Florida elementary school principal is still experiencing ‘severe pain,’ several months after the incident, her mother has said.

A lawyer speaking on behalf of the family said the child was receiving physical therapy for injuries sustained by the paddling, adding that she was continuing to suffer from pain in her back and hips, as well as numbness in her legs.


Brett Probinsky previously confirmed that the child was in therapy following the incident, which he says left her ‘terrorized’ to the point that she was unable to sleep.

Teacher holding paddle used to hit child (Brent Probinsky/Wink News)Brent Probinsky/Wink News

The news comes after WINK News revealed on Wednesday, June 16, that the principal – named Melissa Carter – had previously paddled two other students, and would face a hearing with the Florida Department of Education to determine whether her educational license would be revoked.

Despite these developments, the local school board this week announced Carter would be reinstated to her position after having been suspended pending an internal investigation into the incident, which took place on April 13. Meaaw reports Carter has since signed an oath promising that she will not paddle students again.


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Carter was placed under criminal investigation after footage of the incident emerged, however last month the State Attorney’s Office confirmed she would not face charges after it found that ‘using a paddle to spank a child is not likely to cause death or great bodily harm,’ and that by witnessing the beating the mother had given consent for the teacher to administer corporal punishment on her behalf.

As well as receiving physical and psychological therapy for the trauma of the experience, TMZ reports that the mother of the child has since moved her to a new school.


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Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith is a London-based journalist at UNILAD. After studying History at UCL she worked for print publications on both sides of the pond, including spells at Harper's Magazine and The Times, before graduating with an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City, University of London.

Topics: News, Florida


TMZ and 2 others
  1. TMZ

    Family of Paddled 6-Year-Old Happy Principal Punished, Child Still in Pain

  2. Wink News

    DCF: Clewiston principal has paddled students in the past

  3. Meaww

    Florida principal Melissa Carter faces ban after spanking child, 6, with paddle