School Principal Charged with Felony Child Abuse after Paddling Two Students in Indianola

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– A school principal was charged with two felony counts of child abuse after parents reported what they called excessive bruises he left on two students he paddled.

Gary Gunckel, principal of Indianola Public Schools, turned himself into the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

According to court documents, the students, a 10 and 11-year-old were being punished for arguing. Gunckel brought them into his office where he allegedly gave one two swats, and the other three. That student fell over after the first strike came down.

Parents told deputies the children “appeared to have trouble sitting or standing,” complaining about the pain. Continue Reading