I found this news story on one of my online forms today. It’s about a mother whose five year old son was paddled for spitting.
If I understand the convoluted logic, the woman had previously been arrested for truancy; the child had 18 unexcused absences and 20 tardiness citations. Therefore, in lieu of being suspended (resulting in missing more school and further truancy), the child was administered corporal punishment… which was then posted on social media.
The details vary from site to site, but the mother claims that the child has a condition (not specified) and that this was the only way to avoid getting arrested.
There are so many things wrong with this story, my head is spinning. But I’ll limit myself to my top three:
3. Corporal punishment is NOT effective. Even if a child does not repeat the offense, it’s not because they learned why what they did was wrong. They just learn fear and the lesson that physical violence is a good way to solve problems. The Jasper County Primary School in Covington, Georgia should know better.
2. It’s the mother’s fault it came to this. I realize I may not know the whole story, but if there ARE underlying circumstances why her son didn’t go to school all those times, wouldn’t those be excused absences? The boy spit. At five, he should know better. But a little poking around on Facebook, and the mother has posted several pictures of her and her son flipping the bird. Charming
1.The mother let her child take a beating on the bottom to save her own @$$. She claims that she couldn’t do anything to stop it… Maybe because she was too busy taking a video for her to upload. Did you see those two women with the boy? Have you seen the mother? I think she could take them both on if she had truly cared. This was NOT a mother in Momma Bear mode; this was a woman with priorities bigger than protecting her son. Would I go to jail if it meant I was taking one for the team instead of letting my child be traumatized? You betcha. In an instant.
It will be interesting to see if the media follows up on this train wreck of a news story. But most likely, it will be a blip on the screen and be quickly forgotten among all the rest of the dysfunction out there in the world.
Make it your #153Promise to be a parent of fame; not shame.