School administrator arrested after student punished with belt

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MCDONOUGH, Ga. – A school administrator in Georgia is in jail, accused of beating a 9-year-old special needs student.

According to Lori Cameron, her 9-year-old son, Gentry, came home with several bruises.

“They lifted him, from what I understand, about 18 inches off the ground and beat him with a leather belt,” said Cameron.

Cameron says she got a call from Ace Academy to let her know they were disciplining her son, who is a special needs student.

“I inspected my son and he’s covered in bruises and welts,” she said.

Gentry said another staff member held him up while Larry Morey, an administrator at the school, struck him several times along his legs and midsection with a belt.

“I was screaming for help. I was lifting up my legs to try to block my butt,” Gentry said.

“I was angry. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it,” said Cameron.

Henry County police arrested Morey for child cruelty charges.

They say he showed them a notarized waiver that was signed by Cameron, allowing Ace Academy to use corporal punishment.

“However, in this particular case, detectives believed it was excessive given the marks and bruising on the child,” said Sgt. William Powell, with the Henry County Police Department.

Cameron says she gave written permission for staff to spank Gentry one time, but not with a belt.

“I don’t want to see this happen to anybody else’s child,” Cameron said.

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