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A Georgia mother now holds regrets for granting permission to school administrators to inflict corporal punishment on her 5-year-old son.

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The mother, Shana Perez, was the one who was able to secretly record her son as he was being prepared to be restraint and beat with a wooden paddle at Jasper County Primary School.

You can see in the video school administrators threaten kindergartener, Thomas, as he is crying and struggling to free himself from being beaten as a form of punishment for misbehaving. Apparently this was all because the boy got into a fight and spat on another student.

Despite the information already provided, there is a lot of context missing in this situation.

Firstly, corporal punishment is allowed in the state of Georgia as long as the parent provides consent, and 19 other states across the country mirror the same policy.

The Jasper County School District disclosed,

“When corporal punishment is used, it is with parental consent. The District is investigating the incident and looking into it’s discipline policies.”

Secondly, what makes this situation seem like abuse is the fact that the administrators can be heard laughing while restraining Thomas.

Lastly, it should be noted that the mother was previously arrested after her son had 18 unexcused absences from school early in the year.

There is still plenty up in the air with this situation but what do you think? Are the administrators being abusive? Or should the mother be more responsible in the decisions she makes?

Source: CBS News