Parents of a boy who was paddled at Lonoke CORE school are angry about the outcome of the paddling, not that the boy was paddled.
Cassie Bias, the boyâ€™s mother, gave verbal permission to the school to paddle her son as a disciplinary measure after school officials told her he was misbehaving and threw a punch at another student.
But Cassie believes the school took the paddling too far.
The Biasâ€™ son, Tyler, came home with bruises on the back of his leg after a paddling. One did not heal for 6 to 7 days.
â€śI looked on the back of his leg and I said son where did you get that bruise? He didn't even tell nobody,â€ť said his father James Bias.
Cassie is upset because her son was paddled on the legs, not on the buttocks.
â€śShe [mother] asked me what happened when I got my paddling, and I said I had to get hit by him and it ended up on my thigh,â€ť said Tyler Bias to KATV.
Lonoke CORE school Director Brandon Barbaree admits to paddling Tyler, but not to hitting him on the leg.
"I administered 3 licks with a paddle to Tyler, all three were on the buttocks and did not hit any part of his leg,â€ť Barbaree said in the police report.
"He delivered 3 licks to the student and was extremely careful making sure that the licks landed only on his buttocks,â€ť a teacher who witnessed the paddling went on record saying.
The Biasâ€™ do not believe school officials.
â€śYou don't have to hit my kid that hard, and he was denying it, and like I said you can't deny it because you done it,â€ť said James.
â€śSome paddling, hey I would agree with that...but not that hard,â€ť James said further.
A statement has been released by attorney Donn Mixon who represents the school district:
"We cannot confirm nor deny that this child received corporal punishment.â€ť
â€ťAny corporal punishment administered by a building level administrator with an adult witness is administered to the student's buttocks while clothed using a paddle.â€ť
Whether the Department of Human Services is investigating the matter cannot be confirmed at this time.
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