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Mom takes son's paddling straight to the top

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MONT BELVIEU, Texas (FOX 26) -

She may have signed up for corporal punishment, but a mom said what administrators did to her son go above and beyond what she asked for.

Monday night, Christina Douty went before the Barbers Hill ISD board to talk about her son.  She showed pictures of the seventh grader, hours after he got paddled for getting three zeroes on assignments.

"The issue here is not corporal punishment," Douty said.  "It's the force that they used on my child.  This was an assault.  He had welts and bruises from one side of his behind to the other side."

She has had several meetings with the middle school's principal and the superintendent but said she's still waiting on answers as to why she was never notified or how severe the punishment her son would receive.

The district released the following statement:

"Barbers Hill ISD has investigated and all personnel acted in accordance with district policies and procedures. We have rigorous method for evaluating district policy. It would be irresponsible to modify any police based on a single complaint or sensational coverage."

Board members reiterated: Since Douty's issue was not placed on the agenda beforehand, all they could really do was listen.

In closing, Douty said her son is being homeschooled.  Though he's not in Barbers Hill ISD, she's not forgetting what happened.

"I want corporal punishment to be removed before this happens to another child."

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