Principal & MSSD sued for using excessive force in paddling

Principal & MSSD sued for using excessive force in paddling

By Victor Parkins

A lawsuit that alleges excessive force used during a paddling has been filed against the Milan Special School District and the principal of Milan Middle School, Chris Jones.

The lawsuit claims that on or about September 8, 2016, Mr. Jones paddled a student at the school, giving him two licks, because of behavior issues. The child’s mother authorized the paddling, but she says it went too far.

Attorney Michael A. Carter of Crocker Carter Hall law firm represents the child, and said the principal used excessive force when paddling the student.

“School principals have a right to paddle students when they need it, but this went too far. The bruises the child had after the paddling lasted for days,” said Mr. Carter. “The pictures of this child’s injuries are hard to look at. No child should be bruised and battered at the hands of a school principal. Our lawsuit seeks to rectify the situation and hopefully prevent this kind of incident from happening again,” Carter added.

According to Mr. Carter, the child’s mother complained to Mr. Jones and the school superintendent, and the Department of Children’s Services about the excessive nature of the paddling, but little was done about the incident.

The lawsuit alleges Mr. Jones committed assault and battery against the child, and that Milan Special School District did not take the appropriate action to prevent Mr. Jones from using excessive force.  According to the lawsuit, prior reports have been made to MSSD of Jones’ use of excessive force but the school took no steps to stop the abuse.

The lawsuit claims the student suffered damages including severe pain and subcutaneous contusions and seeks compensation damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering.  The lawsuit seeks $150,000 in compensatory damages and $150,000 in punitive damages.

At presstime, officials from MSSD said they had not received a lawsuit or a summons from the court and could not comment until they did.

8 Comments

  1. Trista jackson on October 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Students shouldn’t be paddled at all there other things that should be done. And these teachers y’all have needs to be fired and get more.

    • Taylor's Hunt on November 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      If you don’t believe in paddling, then don’t do it. If you don’t believe in paddling then don’t give the school permission to paddle your child. If your child is injured during a paddling, do not blame the teachers, blame the person paddling. But remember that all of this could have been avoided if she didn’t give the school permission to paddle the child.

    • Jim on November 2, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Idiots like you are the reason kids are so wild. Parents are trying to rob taxpayers and should get a good beating

  2. John Vestal on October 31, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    The child’s mother authorized the paddling.

    • Tom Johnson on November 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      So anything goes? No limits on severity?

  3. Jamie Crocker on November 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Never give another person the right to hit your child with anything!

  4. Donald Trump Is Prez on November 3, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Dis boi. He my principal. I honestly just don’t care. Me and a few of my friends started calling him mr.child beater.

  5. Joe Maxwell on November 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Absolute disgrace that this crap is still going on somewhere in redneck America. The Mother is to blame for allowing this bully to abuse her son in this manner.This teaches nothing but violence, pure and simple. As this boy grows older he can spew his violence onto others because that is what was done to him. Where else could this pitiful excuse for a Principal work at or in what profession and hit others with a piece of a wood board in the nation without being rightfully arrested for assault and battery? Each and every time there is an assault the school, the school district, and the abuser should be sued. The Principal should consider himself fortunate he has never come in contact with my child, for if he had he would remember his own “corporal punishment” for as long as he lives.

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