Dayton ISD principal accused of fracturing 6th grader's tailbone during paddling

April 29, 2013 8:57:09 PM PDT
Child Protective Services is investigating a principal in Dayton accused of using excessive force on a student receiving corporal punishment.

A Nottingham Middle School sixth grader and his family claim the principal paddled the boy to the point of causing serious injuries.

As parents gathered for an enrollment meeting at on Monday night, many of them said they were shocked learning Dayton ISD just launched an investigation into the school's principal.

"I don't think it belongs, especially if there's any question of like excessive force or anything like that. Even with the parent's consent," Lyndsay Anderson said.

The boy was reportedly seriously injured after being paddled with a wooden board Friday for acting up in class. The family says the boy's tailbone was fractured.

"Well, that's a shame. It makes me feel bad for our children and for our students," Stacey Brown said. "I believe in corporal punishment, and I'm sorry on all sides, but I do believe that's a little excessive."

Dayton ISD, Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office investigators and CPS are all investigating the force allegations.

The boy told us the paddling happened in the principal's office. He said he was told to bend over a chair and look toward the wall.

The 12-year-old's parents say they rushed him to the emergency room after he came home with bruises and blood covering his backside and complaining he was in severe pain.

"Sounds excessive," Jimmie Cullars said. "I mean, I whip my kids, and there should be no blood involved or broken bones."

Several parents told us corporal punishment is common in this area. For now, the superintendent said me the principal remains at the school during the investigation.

Meanwhile, the injured boy's family is talking to a lawyer.

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