Morgan County mother calls for principal's dismissal

Morgan County mother calls for principal's dismissal over son's paddling

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Sandra Hall wipes tears from her eyes as she tells the Morgan County School Board about her son's paddling. Sandra Hall wipes tears from her eyes as she tells the Morgan County School Board about her son's paddling.
"[Paddling is] done as a last resort in consultation with the parents," said Morgan County Director of Schools Dr. Edd Diden. "[Paddling is] done as a last resort in consultation with the parents," said Morgan County Director of Schools Dr. Edd Diden.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

WARTBURG (WATE) - The mother of a Morgan County five-year-old she says her son was bruised after being paddled at school by the principal.

Sandra Hall took her complaint to Tuesday's Morgan County School Board meeting.

"Since last Monday our family ain't the same," said Sandra Hall at the meeting. "He's not the same little boy he was. He never will be."

Hall says the incident has had a disturbing effect on her five-year-old son.

"My son wakes up with nightmares now," she said. "He never did before. We'll be up two, three times a night."

Hall says her son was bruised after being paddled last week by Sunbright School Principal Dr. Penny Boyd. Boyd has been suspended indefinitely without pay until an investigation into the incident is complete.

Morgan County Schools allow corporal punishment from grades Kindergarten through 12.

"It's done as a last resort in consultation with the parents," said Morgan County Director of Schools Dr. Edd Diden. "It's one of many options we try to use."

Hall says she felt it was important to tell the school board what she says happened to her son.

"I wanted our voices to be heard for our child," said Hall. "I wanted other parents to be aware of what this woman's capable of."

A handful of other parents also voiced their concerns about disciplinary problems at Sunbright School. Dr. Diden says he has only received one other official complaint from a parent.

Hall just wants one thing to happen.

"Fire her," she said. "Get her out of there. She's got to go, no one will trust her again at that school."

Dr. Diden says the investigation will take two or three more days.

Hall has withdrawn her son from Sunbright School. She has also filed a complaint with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

According to her personnel file, Dr. Boyd has never had a complaint filed against her in the three years she has been at Sunbright School.

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