Parents say line crossed when corporal punishment bruises child - WKRN News 2

Parents say line crossed when corporal punishment leaves child bruised

Posted: Updated: June 11, 2013 09:46 PM

A mother is regretting her decision to permit her fifth grader to be paddled at a Henry County school.

She stated that her son was so severely bruised he had to be taken to the emergency room.  

On April 11, the mother gave her son's female fifth grade teacher permission to spank him for not completing his school work at Harrellson Elementary School.

According to the police report, her son was taken to one of the school's male coaches to be paddled instead.

"I gave a female teacher permission to give one lick. I did not give a football coach permission to beat my child bloody," she explained.

The mother, who chose not to reveal her identity, showed Nashville's News 2 pictures of her 11-year-old son's painful welts and bruises on his bottom.

"I've never ever hit him in any manner to leave a mark, let alone to make him bleed and bruise and swell," she stated.

When her son came home that day, he complained about the bruises.

When a sheriff's deputy saw how severe it was, he told the family to take the child to the ER.

The coach was put on administrative leave as the school district investigated the case.

The mother told Nashville's News 2 that the coach was not arrested and the school found no wrong-doing.

She believes that the school district let her and her child down.

"This coach had a slap on the hand with pay and allowed to go back to school two or three days later and finish up the school year and he'll be back the beginning of next school year if nothing is done," the mother explained.

The school district did not return phone calls made my Nashville's News 2.

The District Attorney is now deciding if the paddling of this fifth grader should lead to any charges.  

The Tennessee state statute says corporal punishment is permitted but must be done in a "reasonable manner".

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