A principal was caught on video paddling a 6-year-old, now she faces criminal charges.

A Florida elementary school principal is under investigation after being captured on video paddling a 6-year-old student in front of her mother, according to authorities.

Melissa Carter, 37, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston is seen using a wooden paddle on a student on April 13 for damaging a computer screen.

The mother recorded the punishment in horror as Carter spanked her bent-over, whimpering child next to school clerk Cecilia Self, 62, who was there to interpret. Self’s Spanish-to-English interpretations were inaccurate, the mother told WINK-TV, a CBS affiliate in Fort Myers.

“The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really, I’ve never hit my daughter as she hit her,” the mother, who has not been publicly identified, told the station.

The next day, the Clewiston Police Department received a call from the Hendry Regional Medical Center requesting an officer be dispatched for a complaint of a child with injuries, the department said in a Sunday news release. Her mother had requested a police report.

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