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Camera captures Florida principal beating 6-year-old girl with paddle in front of her mother

 A 6-year-old girl was terrified after she was hit by a paddle in a shocking incident that was captured on video by her mom, just in front of her watching her while she was punished by her principal.

Melissa Carter, a principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, was filmed bending the child over and hitting several times with a wooden paddle, WINK-TV reported.

“The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her,” the girl’s mom told the TV-station in Spanish. “I had never hit her.”

The mom, who wasn’t named in the report, said she was called by the school on April 13 because her daughter had apparently caused about $50-worth of damage to a computer.

She went to the school to pay the fee — but was sent to the principal’s office, where she found her child with Carter and a school clerk, according to the report.

Then, “the principal started to scream,” the tearful mom said.

She looked around and got nervous after noticing a lack of surveillance cameras.

“What are we doing in this place? My daughter and I, alone,” the mom said she wondered.

So she hid her phone in her purse and decided to record the brutal punishment — fearing that authorities wouldn’t believe her otherwise.

“Nobody would have believed me,” the mom told the outlet. “I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school.”

She took her daughter to a doctor later that day to document the red marks and bruises caused by the paddle, the report said.

“I’m going to get justice for my daughter because if I could not do it in front of her, I’m going to do it with justice,” the woman said.

The Clewiston Police Department told WINK News they are now investigating a case of Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter paddling a student in front of their mother.

The State Attorney’s Office is now weighing whether to bring criminal charges against Carter and the clerk, according to Bret Provinsky, a lawyer for the family.

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