What happened? According to a Fox News story, he lost consciousness after receiving corporal punishment from Jerome Martin, his high school's assistant principal. He also sustained bruises from the paddling.
An anonymous poster commenting on the story said that this was not the first paddling-related injury that had occurred at Independence High School.
So what kinds of things can a student at Independence High School get paddled for? Let's check the student handbook. Hmmm... it says that the first office referral for "minor violations" like gum chewing, eating or drinking in class, dress code violations, distracting other students, and violations of hallway rules can result in corporal punishment.
Perhaps it should not be surprising that Tate County School District is already being sued by another student who was paddled at Independence High School.