Recent video (below) showed a Georgia Principal paddling a scared 5-year-old. Now everyone, including the boy’s mother, is reacting… Who is correct?
The following is from Trisha Garcia on Facebook:
My news feed is filled with the story of #shanamarieperez and her 5 year old son. Yes, her son was paddled at school, (in Georgia where corporal punishment is legal in schools), once on his behind for spitting on and hitting another student. And you know what? He deserved it. Let me repeat that, HE DESERVED IT. She admits that her kid misses so many days of school that she was put into jail once already. Maybe everyone should stop sympathizing with her and realise it’s about time someone disciplined this little shit. Just because a small child cries does not mean they’re innocent. I bet this kid will think twice before he spits in another person’s face. And in case you need anymore proof that he has a lack of discipline at home… I present to you Exhibit A: a picture I took directly from her fb page (remember, this kid is 5 years old!) #getthiskidarealmother
*****I see a lot of people sharing this post (over 700 shares!!!!) and I noticed a majority of people saying, “schools/teachers should not have the right to discipline children this way. Only parents have this right”. Let me make this clear, if you cannot, or simply choose not, to teach your child respect and instill structured boundaries in their lives then yes, the teacher has every right to. The fact is, teachers spend nearly as much time with our children as we do. They should not be made to suffer at the hands of a 5 year old with no respect and a crappy mother when they can easily show him how actions and consequences go hand in hand. I do not believe this child is crying in the video because he fears these women. I believe, for the first time in his life, he deeply fears the consequences of his behavior and that is not abuse, it’s structure.
JASPER COUNTY, Ga. (April 15, 2016) — Video of a kindergarten student being paddled by his principal at a Georgia school is causing an uproar on social media.
Shana Perez told WSB-TV that she took video of her son struggling and screaming as administrators tried to paddle him at school Wednesday morning.
“I know it was horrible at the time. When I went back and actually watched the video, I was in tears,” Perez said. “He was crying. Holding his hands over his butt, trying to get away. Wanting his mommy.”
Perez said her son was being punished for spitting at a fellow student.
“He’s five. He’s not the best child. He’s probably worse than some other people’s children. It’s not the way we’re raising him. We haven’t raised him to be bad,” Perez said.
From Facebook: Shana Marie Perez – “…they told me if he could not get a paddling he would have to be suspended and if he got suspended for even one day I WILL go to jail for truancy… Jasper county made me do this… I could not go to jail or my kids would have nothing … I can’t take care of my kids in jail… And I was not texting I was recording this… I couldn’t do anything to stop them.”