Clewiston principal facing suspension for paddling student

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CLEWISTON, Fla. — A Clewiston principal’s educational certificate could be suspended after she was caught on video paddling a student.

Video footage captured Melissa Carter paddling an elementary school student. The incident happened in May 2021 at Central Elementary School.

A Florida judge determined Carter violated state statues. Corporal punishment is also banned in Hendry County.

As a result, the judge recommended that Carter’s educator certificate be suspended for 3 months, which wiould be served in a period when school is not in session.

She would also be handed a 2-year probation and has to take anger management counseling if the Department of Education approves the motion.

No further details are available at this time. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest developments as we learn them.

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