Tennessee school district sued by parents who say son was beaten

Sept. 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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WARTBURG, Tenn., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Tennessee couple has sued the Morgan County school district, saying their 5-year-old son was severely beaten by an elementary school principal.

The website The Daily Caller, citing WBIR -TV in Knoxville, reports that Sandra Hall said she gave permission for her son to be spanked if he broke school rules, punishment that is legal in Tennessee. But she said the boy, Lukas Williams, was hit so hard he became traumatized.

Lukas is now being home schooled, Hall said in court papers. She and the boy's father, Jason Williams, have sued the school district, Sunbright Elementary School and its former principal, Elizabeth Boyd, and are seeking $1.7 million in damages.

Hall says Lukas was paddled eight times for throwing crayons.

Boyd was suspended while the beating was investigated and then transferred to a middle school, where she is an assistant principal. The Caller said what appears to be her LinkedIn account shows she is now working as an online facilitator for the University of Phoenix and is no longer employed by the Morgan County schools.

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