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Principal 'Shocks' Student as Punishment

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A sampling of parents at Beaver Ridge Elementary School, where a principal ordered a boy to shock himself with a toy pen, were divided about the fate of their administrator.

Principal Esther Adames-Jimenez will stay on at the Norcross school until June after resigning from her job during a district investigation into her disciplining the student.

A district executive will serve as interim principal and monitor Adames-Jimenez for the rest of the school year.

Some parents among 10 interviewed Tuesday and earlier applaud the principal for wielding "old school" discipline. School officials said Adames-Jimenez told a boy who had a pen that emits a low current to use the device to shock himself.

Other parents say the principal's actions shocked them. They want Adames-Jimenez to leave right away.

"It's not her place as a principal to have that child shock himself," said parent Lattoia Griffin.

Adames-Jimenez, principal at Beaver Ridge since 2004, has been credited for helping to improve test scores and increase parental involvement.

"She is committed to the cause of education and is well-respected in the community," said parent Paola Diaz-Torres, who would like the principal to reconsider her resignation.

The principal did not respond to calls for comment.

Adames-Jimenez has faced several professional investigations during her career. In Boston, she was accused of holding a 4-year-old student who bit classmates so his victims could bite him back. In Georgia, the principal faced probes over the mishandling of national and state tests.

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