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Parent: School went too far with paddling

13-year-old Cody and his mother Carletta Crummey. 13-year-old Cody and his mother Carletta Crummey.

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

BAXLEY, GA (WTOC) - Should educators be allowed to spank a child who misbehaves? It's a subject that's been debated for years.

In the State of Georgia, paddling students is legal, but the implementation of a spanking policy is left up to each school district. But one Baxley parent says her son's school took it too far.

"I haven't seen any write-ups or warnings. It just says, 'classroom disturbance, throwing objects in class' and he received two licks," said mom Carletta Crummey.

She says the note was sent home Thursday about her 13-year-old son Cody and that, "two licks" means being hit twice with a paddle.  

"He said, 'I need to call home' and they refused to let him call home and they paddled him," said Crummey.

Crummey says Appling County Middle School teachers should have let her know first before they made the decision to hit her child.

"We don't believe in paddling our child," she said. "I don't think what he did was right. I want them to punish him, but not hurt him where he is afraid to go back to school. You know if I put bruises on him, I would be in trouble. I don't think a stranger should be allowed to put bruises on a child."

Crummey says she doesn't understand why some school districts allow this to happen.
"Suspend him, send him home, let me take care of the problem."

The Appling County School District says paddling in schools is allowed. But superintendent Gene Herndon tells us not to the point of bruising. He says that he is looking into the situation.

"I can't undo it but I can make them aware and not to do it again," said Crummey. 

Appling County Department of Family and Child Services is working with the sheriff's department and the school district to investigate the incident.

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