Lawrence County, Alabama, schools Superintendent Jon Bret Smith has placed Hazlewood Elementary School Principal Datie Priest on paid leave and issued her a written reprimand claiming she, among other things, violated the school system’s discipline policy. Smith stated that Priest paddled two students on the same day. The first for 10 and then the second for 5. Smith stated that three licks is the limit. Smith stated that Priest failed to properly document paddlings. Smith also mentioned an incident in which Priest threatened to punch an autistic student if she ran into him again. He said that clock-in times showed she arrived 45 to an hour behind schedule each day.
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