An Oklahoma principal accused of using a wooden paddle to spank two elementary school students has been charged with child abuse.
Pittsburg County court records indicate 50-year-old Gary Gunckel was charged with two counts of child abuse by injury on Friday.
Gunckel is the principal at Indianola Public Schools Elementary.
He has been accused of 'using unreasonable force' on September 6 when he paddled the students aged 10 and 11, according to the McAlester News-Capital.
According to an affidavit, both boys were bruised by the beating.
Indianola Superintendent Adam Newman says Gunckel has been placed on administrative leave.
The mother of one student contacted PittsburgCounty Sheriff's Deputy Cody Vaughn regarding her son being struck with a paddle, according to the News-Capital.
Vaughn said the mother told him that her son had gotten into a spat