Ponce de Leon teacher arrested for paddling handicapped student

Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM.

According to the sheriff’s office, Leavins said he asked the child repeatedly to calm down, then showed him the paddle, then took the child out of the classroom on three different occasions and spanked him a total of five times on the buttocks. 

Based on the severity of the bruising, Leavins was charged with child abuse, according to the release. Leavins turned himself into custody and was released on his own recognizance. 

Leavins was placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation into the incident, but Leavins submitted his resignation to the school board on Oct. 11, according to a news release from the superintendent’s office. Leavins’ resignation was accepted by the Holmes County School Board on Oct. 15.

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