We're learning more about a Morgan County principal suspended for excessively spanking a student with a paddle.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says Penny Elizabeth Boyd turned herself in to authorities Monday to answer the charge of child abuse. She was booked into the jail and posted her $5,000 bond and is out of custody.
She is set to appear in general sessions court in Morgan County on December 20.
Boyd was removed from Bunbright Elementary after a mother complained that Boyd had paddled her son eight times. She was then placed in a role at Central Middle School.
Director of Schools Edd Diden says Boyd will be on indefinite suspension until the district can seek legal counsel as to the next steps. He says they are meeting with an attorney on Wednesday.
The paddled student's mother, Sandra Hall, as well as many other Morgan County parents challenged school officials to take action at Tuesday night's school board work session.
"This needs to stop now," said Hall. "I don't think the schools should ever have to worry about her coming back again."
"She made a serious mistake, but I don't think it rises to the level of termination charges," said Diden.
Though multiple board members heard complaints from parents, the decision to keep or dismiss Boyd ultimately lies with Diden.
"She's been charged, that's different from a conviction," he said following Tuesday's meeting. "And whatever the outcome is, [it] could have some bearing on the final resolution in this matter."
He said if Boyd is terminated, the decision will likely kick-start a lengthy and expensive process of appeals and legal fees which would fall back onto the district.
"It's unfortunate that in this day and age it is difficult to pursue any legal channel," said Morgan County parent and foster parent Mike Riggs. "Does that mean we idly stand by and let bad things happen to our kids?"
10News was unable to reach Dr. Boyd for comment Tuesday afternoon.