Principal’s Alleged Excessive Paddling Leads to $1.7M Lawsuit

MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. — The parents of a former Sunbright Elementary School student who was paddled eight times for allegedly throwing crayons and rocks have filed a $1.7 million lawsuit against the school’s former principal, along with the Morgan County Schools director and the town itself.

The lawsuit claims that Lukas Williams, who was five years old at the time of the incident, endured deep bruising and inflammation from the repeated spankings from school principal Elizabeth Boyd. The incident occurred during the 2012-2013 school year, The Daily Caller reports.

In the suit, it states that Williams was so traumatized from the event that he did not want to return to school. He is now homeschooled. The boy’s mother, Sandra Hall, admits that she gave verbal permission for Boyd to spank her child for misbehaving; however, in this case, she believes the former principal went too far.

Boyd was suspended following the incident, but was later reassigned to serve as an assistant principal at a local middle school. Boyd, who was charged with child abuse and neglect, currently does not work for the Morgan County School District.

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