On Monday, I spoke with Appling Middle School Principal Dr. Keith Johnson about the incident.
reported that he
has been conducting an internal investigation into this matter.
did report that in the school's handbook parents are given an option to "opt out" of corporal punishment (paddling).
Johnson added that the handbook is given to students to be taken home, read and signed by both the student and parents and then returned back to the school.
explained that proper procedures had been followed in this case.