School principal seen on video spanking child with paddle for breaking computer

A Florida school principal was filmed spanking a child with a wooden paddle after the six-year-old damaged a school computer.

Melissa Carter, head of Central Elementary School, is under investigation by the police and could face criminal charges after she was filmed spanking a crying little girl while her mother watched.

The unnamed mother, who did not have a great understanding of English, claimed she was called to the school after officials claimed her child had caused $50 worth of damage to school equipment, WINK news reports.

The confused mum said she didn't understand what was happening when she arrived to pay the fine on April 13.

She claimed to have been lead to the Principal's office where her child was struck on the behind with a wooden paddle in front of her.

Corporal punishment is banned in Hendry County school district where the school is located, despite being legal in the rest of Florida state.

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The mother claimed that if she intervened with Carter's actions she'd also be in trouble and was concerned about her immigration status questioned.

Not knowing what else she could do, she filmed the incident on her phone.

The tearful mum told WINK News: "Nobody would have believed me.

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"I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what's happening in this school."

She says she had spoken on the phone with someone from the school who had mentioned paddling the girl but due to the language barrier, the mum did not understand what that meant.

She also claimed they told her a deputy would be present for the punishment but there was not.

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