Melissa Carter of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida, is reportedly being investigated by the police.
Melissa Carter, the principal at Central Elementary School in Clewiston, hit the whimpering child at least three times on the rear with a wooden paddle after a school clerk identified as Cecilia Self held the girl against a table, reported WINK, a CBS affiliate in Fort Meyers. The blows reportedly were intended as punishment for $50 in damage to a computer.
Corporal punishment is legal in Florida, but prohibited in the Hendry County School District, where Central Elementary is located, Fox 4 reported.
The schools bio:
Administration & Office Staff
- Melissa Carter, Principal
- Alexis Marquez, Assistant Principal
- Meredith Kane, Guidance Counselor
- Coaches & Resource Personnel
- ESE Personnel
- Front Office Staff
Mrs. Melissa Carter
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts - Florida Atlantic University Masters in Educational Leadership - American College of Education
Mrs. Melissa CarterMrs. Carter is a native of Clewiston and graduate of Clewiston High School’s Class of 2001. Mrs. Carter obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida Atlantic University, and received her Master's Degree from the American College of Education. She began her career in Hendry County in January of 2005 at Clewiston High School teaching Social Studies to sophomores and seniors. While at the high school she was a sponsor for various organizations and also coached cheerleading for 1 year and softball for 10 years. In August of 2009, Mrs. Carter began teaching 4th grade at Eastside Elementary School. Prior to becoming Principal at Central Elementary, Mrs. Carter served as an Assistant Principal from August 2012 – May 2016, at the Elementary schools and the Middle School.
Mrs. Carter is married to her husband, Josh, and they have two sons, Jaxson and Kaison. Outside of school Mrs. Carter enjoys watching sports, being with family, and giving back to the community. Most of the time you will find her cheering on our hometown Clewiston Tigers at all sporting events!
Mrs. Carter is so excited to be a part of the CES family and looks forward to an awesome year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact her or come visit her at school!