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Oklahoma principal accused of spanking students with paddle


October 3, 2018

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma principal accused of spanking two elementary school students with a wooden paddle, leaving both boys bruised, has been charged with child abuse and placed on administrative leave.

Pittsburg County court records indicate Gary Gunckel, the 50-year-old the principal at Indianola Public Schools, was charged Friday with two counts of child abuse by injury. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for Oct. 12.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that Gunckel is accused of "using unreasonable force" on Sept. 6 when he paddled the students aged 10 and 11.


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