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Alabama Judge refuses to dismiss charge in paddling case
“Griffith said it was ridiculous to think lawmakers meant to OK paddling — no matter how badly it injured a child — as long as 'you check all the boxes.' "
By Donna Thornton / Times Staff Writer
Etowah County Circuit Judge William Ogletree on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a criminal charge brought against an Attalla school administrator in connection with the paddling of a 12-year-old last year.
Nathan Ayers, assistant principal at Etowah Middle School, was charged with child abuse after a paddling in September allegedly left a boy’s buttocks badly bruised.
Defense attorney Shaun Malone, along with attorneys Teresa Petelos and Attalla Board of Education attorney Jim Turnbach, argued that Alabama law gives educators and school administrators absolute immunity from civil and criminal liability related to disciplining students.
Ogletree refused to drop the criminal charge and set a trial date of Aug. 27.