A teacher was fired by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system in Louisiana after a cell phone video (below) surfaced of her hitting a 12-year-old girl with an electric cord at Northeast High School.
The girl's mother, Sundari Wallace, told WAFB: "The whole situation could have been handled in a different way. She would still have her job."
According to Wallace, her daughter and another student were arguing before the teacher struck her child.
"Another student told my daughter about the teacher, to watch out," Wallace recalled. "By the time my daughter got up out of the desk to run, she slipped and fell, and that's when the teacher started hitting her."
Wallace said that she viewed the cell phone video Dec. 1, and saw her daughter's bruised legs.
Wallace showed the video to school administrators on Dec. 5, and the teacher was placed on paid administrative leave, according to school officials.
On Dec. 6, the teacher was let go by the school system.
"You can't just take matters in your own hand, and discipline a child with actions such as whooping them," Wallace added. "It's not acceptable in a home, and I know it's not acceptable in a school."
According to a report by Education Week in August, Louisiana is one of 21 states that does allow corporal punishment in schools:
In Louisiana, administrators fill out a form for corporal punishment incidents, naming witnesses, describing the student's behavior and other types of discipline that had already been tried, such as a detention or a meeting with parents...
Louisiana's Central Parish stipulates no more than three swats of a paddle "approximately 20 inches long, 4 inches wide, and not exceeding ½ inch in thickness" for any grade, while Pointe Coupee schools use a district-set paddle but limit the number of strikes to three for grades 6 and under, and five for upper grades.
School officials have notified the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Family Services.