Principal Certificate Suspended After Paddling Incident

New developments in the case of a Quanah High School Principal accused of paddling a student too hard. Newschannel 6 has learned Principal Rusty Brawley's certificate has been suspended. The Texas Education Agency suspended his certificate effective April 23, 2012.

The first is a probated suspension on his teaching certificate. That means he can teach but he will be under supervision for three years and must follow TEA suspension guidelines. His other suspension is under his principal license. For the next year he can't serve as a principal. That doesn't mean he has to leave the district. It's up to school officials to decide his fate.

If you recall the TEA investigation began because of an incident that happened in November when a student was called into Principal Brawley's office after talking back to a teacher. The student had an option, ISS or licks. He chose the paddle.

After leaning up against a table, fully clothed, Principal Brawley paddled him twice. He was hit so hard shades of red and purple covered his buttocks, making it impossible for him to move.
That's when the child's legal guardian took action. He was sent to the doctor, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was called and the TEA began investigating the case.

During our own investigation we found that Brawley had a former run in with law enforcement. It was a case of domestic assault in Lubbock County in the spring of 2010.

For the mother of the child who suffered the wounds the punishment and accountability Principal Brawley received is enough to "satisfy her."

Newschannel 6 made several attempts to contact Superintendent Buddy Freeman about Brawley's future at the school. Those messages and phones calls were not returned.

We will continue to try and get a hold of Superintendent Freeman and learn from him the future of Principal Brawley at Quanah ISD. To read our initial story on this investigation click here.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.