18-Year-Old Florida Private Christian School Student, Roshika Smith, Held Down by Students and Receives Corporal Punishment from Teacher

Screenshot of the paddling incident on March 4, 2015 at Zarephath Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. SCREENSHOT
Screenshot of the paddling incident on March 4, 2015 at Zarephath Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Roshika Smith, 18, felt the wrath of her private school’s corporal punishment policy on March 4 when she was held down by fellow students at Florida’s Zarephath Academy so that a teacher could paddle her, News4Jax reports. The incident was caught on video. Smith’s mother is threatening to take legal action against the school and the parents of the students who held her daughter down.

The video shows male students pick Smith up, turn her over on her backside, so that a female teacher could paddle her. Smith was allegedly running in the cafeteria and was being reprimanded for the offense.

Even though Smith’s mother says that she signed the school’s corporal punishment clause that allowed the private Christian school’s teachers to discipline her child in that manner, Smith’s mother told News4Jax that she doesn’t like how Smith was restrained by other students.

“They couldn’ve hurt her,” Smith’s mother said, “with guys holding her like that, and then to flip her around and she’s screaming ‘Stop! Stop!’ … I think that was very wrong” Smith argued.

“Once they got me, they flip me over and grab me by my arms and my legs,” Smith told News4Jax. “So once they did that, my teacher just felt like they got me so she paddled me on my butt, close to my back.”

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Source: The Root | 

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