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Teaching assistant resigns after spanking student, despite permission

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

The antics of a grade-schooler and the spanking that followed caused serious consequences for three adults at Campbell Park Elementary.

Teacher assistant Tonya Robinson, a four-year employee, administered the spanking and resigned in lieu of termination. Investigative notes say she struck the boy several times with a belt provided by cafeteria volunteer Shaquanna Shelton, who is no longer allowed to volunteer.

The spanking occurred in the bathroom of the school clinic, allegedly with the knowledge of a health department C.N.A., who has been reassigned to a non-school setting.

One unusual twist: The spanking was administered at the request of the child's mother, described as a longtime personal friend of the teacher assistant.

The boy's grandmother told investigators the child refers to the employee as "Auntie," and the mother had previously given Robinson permission to "smack him on the hand if he misbehaves."

On January 22, the boy was sent to the principal's office after throwing a chair in his classroom. Robinson was working in the office and called his mother, who said he should be spanked.

Nonetheless, "we do not tolerate any kind of corporal punishment in our schools," insisted spokesperson Melanie Marquez Parra, "If a parent asks an employee to do something but what they ask them to do is against school board policy, that's something that we're still going to take a look at."

The boy was reportedly struck several times on the legs with the belt, but was not injured. Criminal charges were not pursued because there was no injury.

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