WARTBURG (WATE) - The principal accused of paddling a student is back on the job at a different school, and some parents in Morgan County are upset about it. They gathered Sunday afternoon to figure out what they want to do next.
"Just Friday we learned that she was put in as vice principal at Central Middle School here in Morgan County and that was the hardest blow to take," said Rebecca Hall, sister of Lukas Williams, the kindergartner paddled earlier in the school year.
Now parents are planning to protest in hopes of making sure Dr. Boyd's move doesn't stick.
"We're hoping to get her out. I don't know what they intend to do when she takes on criminal charges anyway, so I don't know where they thought this was going to get them, but she's going to be gone soon, and we're hoping to overthrow the director's choice here," added Hall.
"I hope it will send a message to Dr. Diden that he's made a mistake. All we can do it try, really, just to hope and see if it does make a difference," said Wartburg parent Amanda Robinson.
Parents still can't believe the punishment hasn't been more severe.
"What bothers me the most is that if we were parents and had done that to our children, we would be in jail and we would lose our children," said Wartburg parent Wendy Hawn.
But at the very least, they say parents shouldn't have to worry about their kids' safety at school.
"Parents should definitely be concerned about their kids, because you should be able to feel safe sending your kids to school for the seven, eight hours that they're there a day," said Robinson.
Several parents plan on protesting the decision on Monday before the start of the school day.