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No criminal charges will be filed against the elementary school principal who paddled a 6-year-old student in front of her mother and classmates.

The girl's mother secretly recorded the paddling and the footage went viral, sparking public backlash against the principal.

Investigators determined the principal didn't commit a crime, because the child's mother consented to corporal punishment.

According to new legal documents obtained by TMZ, Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter and her clerk, Cecelia Self, paddled the student at the request of the girl's mother.

The child's mother, who is in the country illegally, is under investigation for child neglect at home.

Deputy Chief Assistant State Attorney Abraham R. Thornburg explains "the evidence in this case appears clear that the child's mother sanctioned and consented to the spanking of her daughter as discipline for misbehavior."

Thornburg also said there were "significant concerns" about the mother's credibility regarding her statements that she was confused or didn't understand the language.

The mother retained an attorney who told reporters the mother didn't know what was going on due to a language barrier. But the principal and clerk are fluent in Spanish -- the mother's native language.

Thornburg said there was "no reason to believe" the principal was aware of any such confusion at the time of the paddling.

Thornburg explained:

"A parent has the right to use corporal punishment to discipline their children, and similarly has the right to consent that others do so on their behalf."

Brent Probinsky, attorney for the family, told TMZ, "The state attorney reached the wrong conclusion here. It's frightening the state attorney, who is in charge of prosecuting crimes in this community, is not filing charges in what clearly is child abuse."

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The mother of the 6-year-old girl who was paddled by a school principal is under investigation after police interrogated her kids.

The family's attorney, Brent Probinsky, tells TMZ, the little girl and 2 of her siblings -- plus a cousin who lives in the home -- were pulled out of class Tuesday by officials with the Florida Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFACS).

Probinsky tells TMZ the unidentified mother is under investigation for reports of child neglect at home.

This comes as the mother filed a lawsuit against the School District for the paddling incident.

Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling the child for damaging a school computer.

According to TMZ, the children were asked if their mother is abusive in the home, to which the children said no. Probinsky says the investigators then told him they wanted to follow up with the mother to ask why she didn't step in and intervene during her daughter's paddling.

Apparently, investigators were acting on a tip about the mom allegedly being neglectful at home. TMZ claims "there doesn't appear to be any evidence of that."

Probinsky says it's an outrage that law enforcement is investigating the mom, when the real culprit's on camera in the paddling video.

As Probinsky previously explained -- there's a number of reasons the mom didn't step in ... for one, she's undocumented and was afraid of repercussions.

Probinsky claims the the mother didn't know what was happening when she recorded the paddling due to a language barrier. However, Carter and the school clerk are both fluent in Spanish.

The school district is also investigating the paddling incident. Corporal punishment is not allowed in the school district.

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A Latina mother who recorded her daughter being paddled by an elementary school principal has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling a 6-year-old female student for damaging a school computer.

The unidentified mother was called to the school on April 13 to pay a $50 fee for the damaged computer. She said when she arrived to pay the fee, she saw her daughter, the principal, and a school clerk waiting inside the principal's office.

She said Carter and the clerk escorted her and her daughter to the child's classroom where Carter beat the minor child with a wooden paddle in front of other students.

The mother began secretly recording as Carter and the clerk bent her daughter over a table.

The mother said she didn't understand what was happening due to a language barrier. She said she recorded the paddling because she didn't think anyone would believe the cruelty taking place at the school.

"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 mother told WINK News in Spanish. The mom said she never hits her daughter at home.

She said her child suffers from psychological and emotional disorders, as well as physical bruises from the paddling.

The video sparked outrage after it was posted on social media. many were shocked that this archaic, outdated mode of punishment was still occurring in public schools.

The mother pressed assault charges, and the Clewiston Police Department has turned the investigation over to the State Attorney's Office.

School district officials said Carter's actions went directly against the anti-corporal punishment policy in the school district.

Paddling and other forms of cruel corporal punishment have been outlawed in most civilized jurisdictions. But there are still pockets of resistance in the Deep South.

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Lauryn Hill's daughter Selah Marley says her mother's form of discipline was slave like.

Selah, daughter of Lauryn, 45, and musician Rohan Marley, 48, claims her mother's form of discipline involved a belt and lots of threats.

In a 2-hour video on Instagram, Selah, 20, described the beatings she suffered as a minor child.

"And then the threats, the constant threats. That belt man. That's that slave sh*t. That was some slavery sh*t. All Black parents were on that sh*t."

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Selah, pictured with Lauryn and her grandmother, Valerie Hill, praised her "amazing" mom, but she described the legendary singer as a single mother who wasn't always nurturing and often lashed out in anger at her children.

"My mom is an amazing woman, but she obviously didn't do everything right. She was just very angry. So, so, so, so, so, so angry. She was literally not easy to talk to and then half the time we didn't live with her. I lived with my grandparents half the time… It's crazy, I’m playing this trauma back in my head as I speak to you."

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She said the threats Lauryn used were meant to instill fear in her. ("You want me to embarrass you? You want me to give you something to cry about?")

Selah added: "I'm not mad at a little discipline, but what can a five-year-old do? What can a seven-year-old do?"

The fashion model and social media influencer also opened up about her "daddy issues" due to her absentee father, Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae legend, Bob Marley.

"Honestly guys, I'm just hurting. I can't even front that I'm not. I've been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I'm really hurting just from the circumstances."

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Selah revealed she has a split personality, in addition to her daddy issues, which affects her relationships with men.

"I have a form of split personality to some degree, I mean not to like you know diagnose myself, but just a form of split because it's like, a part of me stopped growing at the age that my dad left. Whenever that stopped, I feel like something just stopped or maybe it never grew, it never developed... especially when it comes to men, like males in my life. They bring out this dark, dark, dark thing inside of me because I feel like I need them... like I hurt them because I'm mad at them, because I'm mad at my father for not being around but I need them because I don’t have a father so I need someone..."

 

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