Mom Watches Son Being Paddled By Principal

April 19, 2016
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All parents dread the day that their child gets called into the principal’s office for behavioural issues but for a Georgia family, a minor incident which would usually be handled civilly, ended up becoming a nightmare after a cruel principal insisted on paddling a frightened little five-year-old boy as punishment for a minor behavioural issue.

The boy had apparently spit on a fellow student and the school reckoned the act was offensive enough to merit hitting a child with a paddle!

To make matters worse, the mother was present, but felt powerless to stop the abuse. Pretending to be texting whilst this was taking place, she was in fact recording the entire ordeal.

Shana Marie Perez, the mother of the little boy, posted the distressing video on Facebook that shows her son desperately crying and pleading with the school Principal not to hit him.

Two weeks prior to the incident Perez was apparently arrested for truancy after her son missed eighteen days of school for doctor’s appointments.  Perez was released, but says the principal threatened her with more time in jail if she didn’t allow her son to be “disciplined”. On her Facebook page she stated “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”.

The video posted on Perez’s Facebook timeline has since been shared over sixty thousand times whilst the Jasper County Primary school has received a number of posts on its Facebook wall  by parents. Some in utter disgrace but some surprisingly supportive messages!

Following the video being posted, the Jasper County School District put out a statement which said it “is aware of the video released by Ms. Perez. Unfortunately, the district is barred by state and federal law from commenting about the specifics of this incident. The district respects every student’s right to privacy.”

Corporal punishment is allowed in Georgia, but only with parental consent.


  1. April Campbell

    April 20, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Thank you ! Finally someone who protects children

  2. Lissa Jean

    April 20, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Why the hell didn’t she just grab her child and walk out. I would of if someone tried to do that to my child

    • Brittanni Cook

      April 20, 2016 at 1:11 am

      Well her reasoning cause their policy is he would have been suspended if be didn’t get paddled (this policy is known at their school) he’s already missed 18 days so she would have gone to jail for his missing so many days. Why is this 5 year old missing so much school that your even at the point?

      • Doris

        March 1, 2017 at 4:57 am

        He missed so many days because of Drs. appointments. Apparently he was a sick little boy.

    • Lissa Jean

      April 20, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Oh didn’t even know about all the days off. But still I wouldn’t of been able to let someone hit my child with these hand let alone a paddle

    • Sharon Statser

      April 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I would have walked out with my kid, too! No way would I let them pin him down to spank him. He’s probably in kindergarten and, as far as in Texas where I am, kids don’t even have to go to kindergarten.

  3. Virginia Shesha Garcia

    April 20, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I would have “paddled” both of them if it was my child!

  4. Lais Kukita

    April 20, 2016 at 1:06 am

    She is not a good mother scared of the police. Hell no you are a chicken I wouldn’t have let that happen under any circumstance!

  5. Sandra Waller

    April 20, 2016 at 1:08 am

    He should have gotten that at home

  6. Laurie Cook

    April 20, 2016 at 1:20 am

    What the hell is wrong with the mother ? This is so wrong.

  7. Mindy Pierce

    April 20, 2016 at 1:39 am

    A child should feel safe, not Terrified of who is gonna paddle him next.

  8. Diann Arnold Jones

    April 20, 2016 at 2:00 am

    you people are horrible and should be sued or arrested for child abuse

  9. Theda Donato

    April 20, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I got hacked twice, but that was when i was in the 7th grade. A principal hacked a 5 YEAR OLD!? This is outrageous. I can’t imagine being that mom and allowing someone to hack my 5 year old right in front of me. Before that paddle could even touch my child-I would’ve knocked that woman out! I got bail $ saved so i’m not even worried about jail.

  10. Meg Brown

    April 20, 2016 at 2:08 am

    I’d be furious I would not allow that poor baby was crying for help and his mother just stood there. That’s abuse he will learn to not trust anyone close to him. She deserves to go to jail. I feel so bad for that baby boy! The people doing the paddling should also go to jail. People in this world are so messed up

  11. Shannon Leigh Johnson

    April 20, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Kids should be paddled for bad behavior; however, in this situation, the mother should have been paddled. Days missed is not a five year old’s fault. There’s a difference between abuse and discipline, but these days everyone screams child abuse/cps and that’s why kids these days are out of hand and running the house.

    • Anna Smith Grose

      April 20, 2016 at 2:35 am

      That is not the whole story

    • Shannon Leigh Johnson

      April 20, 2016 at 2:37 am

      I’m sure it’s not the whole story. I’m commenting, in general, to everyone screaming child abuse about spanking. In the situation of this little boy, I wouldn’t call abuse about what was going on but I don’t agree with it either. However, some spankings are warranted.

    • Helen Gournias

      April 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Agreed I don’t know the whole story either but in what school does the principal have any right to paddle a child.
      Days Missed not the fault of the child but the fault of the parent.
      I as a parent would never allow any principal to paddle my child.

    • Kerri-Katies Story

      April 21, 2016 at 12:50 am

      What world did u people come from?? Here in canada we do not paddle children nor is it legal.. please stay in the world u live in…. sick

    • Shannon Leigh Johnson

      April 21, 2016 at 2:09 am

      Spare the rod, spoil the child…

      • tanya

        July 7, 2016 at 10:45 pm

        Seriously Shannon?! That “spoil the rod” mantra has been disproven years ago. Anyone who is willing to put a little effort into parenting doesn’t need to resort to physical discpline.

    • Sandra Stewart

      April 21, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Kerri-Katies Story I’m in Alberta and just stunned at this story.

    • Shannon Leigh Johnson

      April 21, 2016 at 3:01 am

      I don’t believe in spanking a kid for every little infraction. I believe some times spankings should be done; however, looking at crime rates between Canada and USA .. Maybe the US should adopt more Canadian policies, seeing as Canada has less crime rates. Kids these days are getting quite out of control and something does need to be done.. What though is the question.

    • Emily Wilson

      April 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Hitting is abuse! Doesn’t matter what you call it.

    • Carolyn Acton

      April 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      I find this appalling !

    • Shannon Leigh Johnson

      April 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      A swat isn’t abuse. I don’t like the idea of a huge paddle. One swat with your hand, within reason, isn’t abuse. I rarely swat my daughter, because I talk things out with her, a lot; however, to call a swat abuse is ridiculous. If the swat turns into an all out brawl with a small child then ya, or if the swat is done out of anger, then ya. The last swat I gave my daughter was at the beginning of the school year when she thought it was perfectly fine to completely disregard her teacher and tell her ‘no’ and climb all over the desk and under and not listen at all. One swat, and a good talking to about how unacceptable that was, and how that might make her teacher feel, and what school is all about. Since that one swat, she has been a perfect student and helping the teacher out.

    • Tanya Louth

      April 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      I agree theres way more to this story thans being said ,kid probably has repeatedly been disrupted and had behaviour problems. Need more paddling inthe schools and at home . Wed have better behaved children and young adults

      • tanya

        July 7, 2016 at 10:50 pm

        Tanya Louth – If you did something wrong at work & your boss hit you would you be better behaved after that? Or maybe if you were speeding & the cop who pulled you over spanked you on the side of the road.. Would that make you drive safer or just humiliate you?

        People are not for hitting & kids are people too. If you’re a good enough parent you can figure out how to convince your kid to do the right thing without hitting.

  12. Val Renee

    April 20, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Not saying this was right by no means but I remember getting paddled at 5. Of course we just took it and didn’t act up again. I also got paddle again at 6 the following year for misbehaving all day. What I see wrong with this is the little boy screaming for his mother and two others trying to discipline him. Why couldn’t they have the mom do it? Or not do it at this time. Nothing was accomplished other than the poor child being scared to death. Why would the mom go along with this?! I just don’t understand?

    • April Campbell

      April 20, 2016 at 2:14 am

      Hit by a teacher or your parents?

    • Val Renee

      April 20, 2016 at 2:16 am

      April Campbell my teacher did it in the hall way. That was in 1988 though

    • Val Renee

      April 20, 2016 at 2:19 am

      We had a card system. Green card, yellow, red and then black. Once you got to black you got a paddling. Very seldom someone got black and when they did they never got it again. Times have changed and I’m not saying it’s right to paddle or not but this child was very scared and they should not have done that.

  13. Kerri-Katies Story

    April 20, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Freak of nature is what you are… i’d paddle you to the point you would sink.. Freak !!

  14. Elsie Sherman

    April 20, 2016 at 2:25 am

    ,dusgusting and i read the school did that 25_times in a yr to children ..but that mom was only on that spoke up about it and in vidie child ask are you going to pull down my pants ..yeah winder how many times they paddled him with no one watching ..

  15. Wivian Franco

    April 20, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Thats ridiculous!!!
    mom is recording?!? Unbelievable…

  16. Anita Oliver

    April 20, 2016 at 2:34 am

    old rule was paddle child or remove child from school, second choice seems best in this case.

  17. Robbi Starr Page

    April 20, 2016 at 2:42 am

    No one better. Ever touch my child like that.

  18. Elise Scarlett Edson

    April 20, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Discipline is important BUT it is up to the parent. This video disgusts me. The poor kid doesn’t know what the hell he’s getting beaten for. Shame on this mother. Shame on this backwards school.

  19. Tina Braun

    April 20, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Can’t watch this video because I value my sanity. But I know I’d be on death row for sure if someone even commented that they “might” or want to strike my child. It would never even get to the point of them actually doing it. Take me to jail. I would go gladly to jail protecting my child. And when the judge asks me to tell them what I did, I’d sing it, not just talk. I would be proud and tell them don’t even worry about early parole because I’m likely to commit the same crime again if my child was ever in danger again. F’n heifer. She has no right to call herself a mother to stand there letting someone else strike her child. I don’t play that $#÷+

  20. Elsie Sherman

    April 20, 2016 at 3:23 am

    What’s even more messed up is that some parents that support Mrs edge and school for that beating have been harrasing that child’s mother getting her blocked on fb and harassing her sister

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  22. Sandra Richter

    April 20, 2016 at 3:53 am

    That isn’t right. They need to be freed and send to jail.

  23. Britnie SHortie Holton

    April 20, 2016 at 4:05 am

    I agree he could’ve gotten it at home. But corporal punishment still exists in GA. Most schools don’t do it. But some small towns still do, Jasper is a small town. The kid spit on someone. When I was spit on in middle school, my parents pressed charges. The other kids parents coulda done the same. If y’all read the whole story you’ll see what’s up. Some kids need paddling, and hope no one is gonna try and tell me that at 5 they don’t know any better, bull hockey, I’m a preschool teacher. They know better by the age of 3 or 4 to not spit on someone. Unless they weren’t raised right.

    • Melissa Owens

      April 21, 2016 at 2:37 am

      Only sometimes little kids naturally spit while talking. Was that the case? I have had kids all upset because another child spit on them but saw it myself and the kid was just talking and spit accidentally. They are little. Yes, they may know better but a 5 year old is impulsive. They are learning to control those impulses and behavior. It is not an offense to be paddled for! Adults with common sense are needed here and sadly, none were found in this situation.

    • Britnie SHortie Holton

      April 21, 2016 at 3:07 am

      The report I read stated the child spit on another child. Yes there are other ways to punish. But in backwoods small towns like Jasper they do what they want. It did not say whether this was a first offense either.

    • tanya

      July 7, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Britnie I agree kids should know better not to spit by age 5. I don’t know the history of what went on before. However, physical punishment doesn’t work. If it did, then any kid would only ever need to be hit once. Physical punishment causes long term harm in trade for short term compliance. If you are a preschool teacher I’d think it was your responsibility to be aware of the latest research on the effects of physical punishment.

  24. Tabatha Checchia

    April 20, 2016 at 4:46 am

    When I lived in Florida my daughter school sent me a letter asking me if my child acts up do I give them the ok to do that I send hell no

  25. Sondra Richards Montoya

    April 20, 2016 at 5:04 am

    That is too young for the school to paddle that child. His parents should be the ones to spank him.

  26. Dania Haddad

    April 20, 2016 at 7:19 am

    What’s worse then the paddling and the emotional distress that the kid went through is that parents can go to jail for truancy!!!!!!! How crazy is that? I’ve never heard about being locked up before because of that. That is a crazy law. Schools need to help families dealing with problems not beat the kids and jail the parents!

    • Lama Hm-Bourenane

      April 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

      OMG!!! It’s disgusting. If he was my child I would kill her!! U dnt imagine Dania how I go to school often just to observe and be sure if Adam is in good hands!!!! Yiii 3sabni hl vidéo

    • Dania Haddad

      April 20, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Crazy school/law/state. In the daycare where my kids go, even time-out is not allowed. And soon a federal law might pass that even spanking can cause parents to be tried under criminal law.

      • tanya

        July 7, 2016 at 11:18 pm

        That would be awesome! We are so behind in the US. It’s as though some people are so stuck on the “old ways” that they have their head in the sand when it comes to what science has to say about corporal punishment.

    • Lama Hm-Bourenane

      April 20, 2016 at 8:22 am


  27. KP Plummie

    April 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

    OMG…Can you just imagine how Jesus felt! Calling to our Father God to not let the beating he received happen.

  28. Julie Moss

    April 20, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Wow…teachers can hit children in America? Shocking. This hasn’t been allowed un the UK for about 40 years! And he is 5 for gods sake. Just cruel but then I supposed he needs to get used to the violence around him…he might be getting body slammed by an officer in high school or shot by a police officer or some other random person with a gun. So glad this kind of thing doesn’t happen in our schools.

  29. June Mallam

    April 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

    If a child should need dicipline, especially at age five, the mother should be the one to come up with the punishment to fit what the child did wrong! NOT THE PRINCIPAL! And a mother should NOT be threatened with jail if she does not go along with what the principal deems appropriate! I feel the Principal and the teacher should be sued for laying a wooden paddle on a little boy! If it were me, I would tell the Principal that she would have to come through me before she got at my son! I feel very strongly about this, as dicipline does NOT mean brutality!

  30. June Mallam

    April 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Shannon Leigh Johnson
    I am not sure I understand your comment! The child was in trouble for spitting at someone, not that the mother missed taking the child to school! I understand that if she kept the child home, she could of been thrown in jail! There are all kinds of ways to dicipline a child, not just finding the easiest way, by paddling!

  31. Barbara J. Spencer

    April 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Why a wooden paddle? I don’t believe this is such a good way of dissolute.

  32. June Mallam

    April 20, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Britnie SHortie Holton
    How can you teach a child not hit others at age five, then turn around and use a paddle for their misbehavior? Yes the child did spit at another child, and if the parent does use this form of dicipline at home, then let the parent do the spanking, not the Principal! I know here in Canada this Principal would be getting a call from The Children’s Aid Society, and could land up getting sued! In this case, I would agree with The Children’s Aid Society! I would never allow anyone to paddle my five year old son! I would see that Principal and teacher in Court first!

  33. Leslie Lamm

    April 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I was paddled at home and school and i survived! This kid will too!

    • tanya

      July 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Lesllie: Lots of kids have been hit/abused but they ‘survived’. Doesn’t mean it was ok. Doesn’t mean they haven’t been negatively affected by it.

  34. Charlene Parrott

    April 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    This mother should be embrassed and assamed of herself. What mother films this ? Your own son is crying for you. This is beyond disgusting. I rather go to jail or my child miss school before he gets paddled. This abuse. You talk to him. Not treat him like a piece of garbage. He is ONLY 5 for crying out loud. Learn how to discipline and raise respectful kids. Hope she is fired.

  35. Karen Edwards

    April 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    This is so cruel to put a child through this, what about the now recess or staying after school that when i was a kid we got. It was in high school that Mr. Arnhart the principal enforced swats.

  36. Martha Thompson Sanders

    April 20, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    What kind of mother can stand there and ignore his pleas? I would have taken the time in jail rather than let my five year old take a paddling. Which I don’t think they could legally give the mother jail time for not letting them spank this little boy. This mother needs to be the one paddled.

  37. Diana Zhang

    April 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Crazy !

  38. Erica Morrow

    April 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I don’t think schools have any right to hit our kids under any circumstances…and that mother should have stopped that

  39. Belen Medina Vazquez

    April 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    yo me cago en tos sus muertos de esta gente k son niños y van aprender no a kele pegen .pa coger ala hija de puta la vieja la otra y la k la esta grabando y rebentarla a paloo ..x dios sin k mal puede hacer un niño de 5 años maldita gente asin tendria k estar encerraos y k se pegasen entre ellos y dejar alos demas y sobre todo alos pekes..el dia l entre mi hijo en el cole y le pase algo lo kemo vaya …

  40. Carolyn Acton

    April 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    this is absolutely appalling, what’s wrong with people …. ??

  41. Alma Lopez

    April 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I agree. The mother should have been paddled not the child.

  42. Veronica Barrera

    April 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I wouldn’t let him touch kid like that pfft that child abuse

  43. Melanie

    April 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    While I agree this is completely WRONG and corporal punishment shouldn’t EVER be used in schools, the mother didn’t consent, but she didn’t say no either. Sounds to me like this mother needs to leave not only that school, but that school district! Maybe even leave Georgia! Sounds like Georgia schools have some fucked up laws and they are not helping students, only hurting them…not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well!

  44. Mary

    April 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    This is outrageous. You are a POS parent for sitting by and allowing this to happen. I did my research and according to Georgia state law, corporal punishment is allowed only with the consent of the parents. So this piece of garbage mom gave these piece of garbage teacher/principals permission to paddle her son. How can you sit there and watch and make the comments this mom did as they try to paddle her son. Especially with him crying begging for moments help. I’m outraged by this. None of these three woman should be allowed to be near or have children. Kids are supposed to be able to trust and depend on teachers and especially parents. This whole situation is absolutely appalling. This mother should have her child taken away and the two educators should lose their jobs. Children are innocent. Spitting on another kid does not wast rant a beating. Nothing does. Hitting a child is NEVER ok.

  45. Martinez Gaby

    April 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Omg I can’t believe those are a teacher and a Principal of a school violence doesn’t teach kids anything if that was my child I’ll grab that and paddled both a child should never be humiliated and intimidate that way I think that some people can’t be called human not even animals even they have better ways to teach .

  46. Cristina

    April 24, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I live in GA and have my child’s entire life. Never once has she been paddled, and she’s going to high school next year. It seems this principal and/or mother are a problem. Truancy is something that only happens to people who don’t get their kid to school. Dr appts do not count since they are excused and you can even get “note” proving the Dr visit. A child being suspended doesn’t count as truancy either.

  47. TaraSinclair

    April 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    This is disturbing!!! What in mankind does any child deserves this? This is school kids should be happy to learn and be there. They have BANNED this century’s ago so there is no need for it. Talk to them listen to what they r saying, be a safe place for them not paddle them. The principal should loose her job but before she leaves paddle her bottom see how she likes it. The mother all I have to say grow some balls and a back bone he is ur son flesh and blood take him out of that school don’t put up with it. Grow up and do something about it NOW NOT LATER..

  48. Lucy

    May 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Wish more were paddled. It might save a few kids from visiting me at my job as a corrections officer. If you don’t want your kids paddled at school then start early at home teaching the child respect for authority and respect for others. And after seeing some of these responses its obvious some parents failed to spank others as children for their filthy mouths.. And we wonder where the kids get it ? Hhmm. Spare the rod, spoil the child.

  49. Stephani Brown

    June 12, 2016 at 1:47 am

    I have read this mother’s FB. I have seen things she has posted. She has laughed as she took photos of her son flipping the bird and being absolutely disrespectful. Do I believe that what happened in the principal’s office was right? No. I think these women were enjoying tormenting this child with the thought of being paddled. But if the mother had wanted to take him out of there, she could have and should have. Period. I feel like her “reasons” for not doing it are a bit absurd.

  50. Angie DeKiere

    June 12, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Yeah mom was not helpless, don’t follow the hype.

  51. Annie Chung

    June 12, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Somebody tell me Wat f***ery is this? It shudda be my kid…it wudda be a mass murder scene…cruel dutty old ho….it wudda take the paddle it stuff it down one of them throat…some kinda evil fetish…the 2 of them must be doing each other…

  52. Erin K Leigh

    June 12, 2016 at 2:48 am

    This makes me so angry. This mother isn’t powerless, she’s condoning this unlawful act against her son. #nowords

  53. KP Plummie

    June 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Please stop posting this video! Has been shared too much. This mom and these women should be punished themselves

  54. Giovanna M Leone

    June 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    She video taped this. This consented to this. She’s seeking out her 15 minutes and using her child’s humiliation to do so…SMFH

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