Attorney Ask For Charges To Be Dismissed Against Principal

The attorney for a Johnson County principal charged with assault after paddling a student is asking for the case to be dismissed.

Ned Pillersdorf says Central Elementary Principal Ben Hamilton didn't break Kentucky law, which states teachers and principals should not be charged with a crime unless it's proven they were trying to kill or cause severe physical injury to a student. The father of the child who was paddled, Roger McGuire, who preferred not to appear on camera, says his son was just hit too hard.

"I think he went a little bit too far. He crossed the line of our trust. When a parent can't whoop a child like that but a principal can," McGuire said.

"It seems to me the folks in Johnson County seem to be unaware the Kentucky legislature passed this law which protects people like Mr. Hamilton," Pillersdorf said.

The child's father says he supports corporal punishment, but thinks the principal went too far.

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