Nov 1, 2011 10:39 PM by Maddie Garrett
A group of Sunset Elementary School parents are upset because their children were paddled at school without their permission.
The three eighth graders admit to being late for class Monday, saying they had to walk across campus to use the bathroom. But said they couldn't believe what happened next when the principal, Margaret Rideau, caught them.
"She lined us up and paddled us and told us to go back to class," said student Emily Eadie.
"It was surprising because I never get in trouble," added classmate Taylor Castille.
Eadie, Castille and friend Madeline all said the punishment was hurtful both physically and emotionally.
"It hurt. She said it was a love tap but it hurt and it did leave a mark," said Castille.
"It was embarrassing," said Eadie.
Eadie's mother, Candace Guidry, said she too was shocked when her daughter told her she was paddled in public at school.
"I elected to not authorize the school to corporally punish my child," explained Guidry.
In fact, all three moms signed forms at the beginning of the school year stating they didn't want corporal punishment used on their children. But incident reports signed by Principal Rideau show "paddled" as the punishment for being "tardy."
"Absolutely uncalled for. A verbal warning, detention could have been warranted possibly, but definitely not corporal punishment," said Guidry.
Due to school and parish policies, Principal Rideau couldn't comment on the incident, however she did tell KATC that it is under investigation and all procedures are being followed.
The parents said they did file formal complaints with the St. Landry Parish School Board and are pressing charges with Sunset Police for Simple Battery.