The Parents of a Tennessee Kindergarten Student Are Suing For $1.7 Million Over Excessive Paddling
In rural Morgan County, Tenn., The parents of Lukas Williams have filed a lawsuit for 1.7 million dollars because the boy's principal paddled him eight times. His crime, throwing crayons and rocks.
The parents have filed a lawsuit against Elizabeth Boyd, former principal of Sunbright Elementary School, the Morgan County director of schools and Morgan County too. According to a report from The Daily Caller, Sandra Hall and Jason Williams, say their son, Lukas, suffered deep bruising and inflammation as a result of the repeated spankings. He was five years old at the time.
Lukas allegedly was so traumatized by the paddling, that he did not want to return to school. He is now homeschooled.
The parents had given the principal verbal permission to spank Lukas for misbehaving. However, mom, Sandra Hall said Boyd went way too far. “My child wasn’t spanked. He was beaten,” she told local CBS affiliate WVLT. A school district investigation found the paddling was excessive, the principal was suspended, but later reassigned to an assistant principal position at a local middle school.
The parents were not happy about that. “She needs to go,” the boy’s mother told WBIR, “This is for the safety of our kids. This isn’t just about the safety of my child. It’s about the safety of every child in this county. We want her out of Morgan County.”
After an investigation by the Morgan County Sheriff, Principal Boyd was charged with child abuse and neglect.
The Daily Mail reports Boyd’s LinkedIn account, indicates she is no longer employed by the Morgan County school district.