The charges against a Morgan County principal accused of spanking a student in 2012 have been dropped.

As part of the deal to drop the charges, Penny Elizabeth Boyd submitted an apology to the court last week. She must also pay court costs.

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In 2012, Boyd was charged with child abuse and neglect after a mother filed a complaint saying Boyd excessively spanked a student with a paddle.

In her apology Boyd wrote, "I write to tell you that I am truly sorry and apologize for events which led to the return of the indictment in the above case."