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Parents file 1.7 million dollar lawsuit over school paddling

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM
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The parents, Sandra Hall and Jason Williams, say their son, Lukas Williams, endured deep bruising and inflammation as a result of the repeated spankings. He was five years old when the paddling occurred.

Lukas allegedly became so traumatized by the experience that he did not want to return to school. His parents removed him from Sunbright Elementary. He is now homeschooled.

The swatting incident occurred at the beginning of the school year in 2012, according to a previous report by WBIR.

Boyd was suspended as a result of the incident. A school district investigation concluded that Boyd’s disciplinary tactics were excessive.

To the outrage of the boy’s parents, and other parents, Boyd was later reassigned to an assistant principal position at a local middle school.

“She needs to go,” the boy’s mother told WBIR at the time. “This is for the safety of our kids. This isn’t just about the safety of my child. It’s about the safety of every child in this county. We want her out of Morgan County.”

The outraged mom did note that had given Boyd verbal permission to spank Lukas for misbehaving. However, she said Boyd went way too far.

“My child wasn’t spanked. He was beaten,” she told local CBS affiliate WVLT.

After an investigation by the Morgan County Sheriff, Principal Boyd was charged with child abuse and neglect. The eventual outcome of those charges is not clear.

Corporal punishment is legal in Tennessee, though not all school districts utilize it to discipline students. (RELATED: Memphis area schools ban corporal punishment)

According to what appears to be Boyd’s LinkedIn account, she is no longer employed by the Morgan County school district. The resume for Elizabeth says she is now an online facilitator at the University of Phoenix, a large online, for-profit college.

Boyd holds a doctoral degree in education from Union University, an evangelical Christian school in nearby Jackson, Tenn.

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KGreen75
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I would have ended up in jail because I would have went to that school and beat the shit out of the person who beat my child.
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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The outcome of the charges is not clear?  Interesting.

I don't believe in corporal punishment.  There is no way I would ever give another person permission to hit my child.

This story is only one example of why.


cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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Her first mistake was giving anyone permission to spank her child. Too many people have no clue what real spanking looks like. They issue a beating, not a spanking, and then we have cases like this. 


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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Even though they have permission for the teacher to spank him

Yes she went too far (and I would have jacked the b*tch up too) but I also wouldn't give permission for a teacher to spank my child


Quoting KGreen75:

I would have ended up in jail because I would have went to that school and beat the shit out of the person who beat my child.
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Boyd was suspended as a result of the incident. A school district investigation concluded that Boyd’s disciplinary tactics were excessive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

The outcome of the charges is not clear?  Interesting.

I don't believe in corporal punishment.  There is no way I would ever give another person permission to hit my child.

This story is only one example of why.


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KGreen75
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Neither would I...hell, I don't even spank my children.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Even though they have permission for the teacher to spank him



Yes she went too far (and I would have jacked the b*tch up too) but I also wouldn't give permission for a teacher to spank my child




Quoting KGreen75:

I would have ended up in jail because I would have went to that school and beat the shit out of the person who beat my child.

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Boyd was suspended as a result of the incident. A school district investigation concluded that Boyd’s disciplinary tactics were excessive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

The outcome of the charges is not clear?  Interesting.

I don't believe in corporal punishment.  There is no way I would ever give another person permission to hit my child.

This story is only one example of why.


Yeah, thanks.  I got that, I think.  Still early.

I was referring to how the article states the teacher was charged with child abuse and neglect and the eventual outcome of those charges is unclear.

Either way, it is a good thing she no longer has direct contact with children.

I will never understand why a parent would allow some one to hit their child.  This is a damn good example of what can happen.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Boyd was suspended as a result of the incident. A school district investigation concluded that Boyd’s disciplinary tactics were excessive.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

The outcome of the charges is not clear?  Interesting.

I don't believe in corporal punishment.  There is no way I would ever give another person permission to hit my child.

This story is only one example of why.


Yeah, thanks.  I got that, I think.  Still early.

I was referring to how the article states the teacher was charged with child abuse and neglect and the eventual outcome of those charges is unclear.

Either way, it is a good thing she no longer has direct contact with children.

I will never understand why a parent would allow some one to hit their child.  This is a damn good example of what can happen.

Exactly. I'm not a spanker, but if I were to decide my child needed a spanking, I'd be the one administering it. It's not anyone else's place to put their hands on my child. 

susannah2000
by Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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The child should not have been beaten, absolutely, but how does this equate to a 1.7 MILLION dollar lawsuit?

JustCJ
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I will spank my own child (if it was necessary). She would not be here if she put her hands on my child.

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