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Apparently, Beating Your Child Now Is All The Rage

by David Badash on December 14, 2011

in Discrimination,families,News

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While I didn’t have a glorious and candy-coated childhood, I did have it pretty good. And I’ll confess to being pretty lucky — lucky enough to have two parents who never beat me. Beating your child is morally wrong, but sadly, corporal punishment — “the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behaviour deemed unacceptable” — is apparently legal in America, at least when done by a parent in their home.

(Note: We’re not legal experts, and are not delivering legal advice. All the more reason to never beat your children. If it’s not illegal, it should be.)

Despite that, a 2006 American Psylogical Association study found “adolescents who were more likely to engage in fighting, bullying, and victimization of others reported that their parents engaged in corporal punishment as a disciplining method.”

In other words, parents who are beating their children are raising children who are more likely to be violent. Good job, parents!

And let’s be honest, spanking is beating. And it’s unacceptable.

That said, regular readers of The New Civil Rights Movement remember all too well Evangelical Christian pastor Michael Pearl and his wife Debi.

The Pearls advocate using a “switch” and rubber plumber’s tubing as whips, and withholding food from young children as biblically-​approved discipline methods, calling their tactics, “the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules.” Their book, “To Train Up A Child,” has sold over 670,000 copies. It likens training children to training dogs, has been praised by some of the very people who followed it and later caused the death of their young children, in some cases by extensive tissue damage, malnutrition, or hypothermia.

In this video, Michael and Debi Pearl demonstrate their discipline and child-rearing methods.

They should be in prison. And anyone who bought and followed their book should be too. And anyone who dares to call this “religious freedom” deserves to have their head examined.

After all, some followers of the Pearls’ methods have murdered their children.

The New York Times last month reported:

Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-​Woolley, Wash., were home-​schooling their six children when they adopted a girl and a boy, ages 11 and 7, from Ethiopia in 2008. The two were seen by their new parents as rebellious, according to friends.

Late one night in May this year, the adopted girl, Hana, was found face down, naked and emaciated in the backyard; her death was caused by hypothermia and malnutrition, officials determined. According to the sheriff’s report, the parents had deprived her of food for days at a time and had made her sleep in a cold barn or a closet and shower outside with a hose. And they often whipped her, leaving marks on her legs. The mother had praised the Pearls’ book and given a copy to a friend, the sheriff’s report said. Hana had been beaten the day of her death, the report said, with the 15-​inch plastic tube recommended by Mr. Pearl.

The same kind of plumbing tube was reported to have been used to beat Lydia Schatz, 7, who was adopted at age 4 from Liberia and died in Paradise, Calif., in 2010. Her parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, had the Pearl book but ignored its admonition against extended lashing or harm; they whipped Lydia for hours, with pauses for prayer. She died from severe tissue damage, and her older sister had to be hospitalized, officials said.

Joe.My.God. posted this video of the Pearls today:

If that’s not enough to raise your eyebrows, and concerns, consider this, via The Huffington Post a few days ago:

An Irvine couple who suspected their 15-year-old son of smoking turned to a man believed to be relied on in their church to violently discipline children, authorities said.

The parents asked Paul Kim, 39, to discipline their son after finding a lighter in his possession, dropping the boy off at Kim’s Chino Hills home with permission for the beating, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Bachmann said Saturday.

Kim hit the child with a metal pole about a dozen times, causing severe bruising on his legs, according to Bachmann. The pole was about an inch in diameter, investigators said.

An adult at the boy’s school saw the bruises and called Irvine police, who in turn informed San Bernardino County officials, she said.

Kim was arrested Tuesday at his home and released Thursday after posting bail. He faces a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child. No court date has been set, according to jail records.

Enough is enough.


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voenixrising December 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Why are these people not in prison?

KidsRpeople2 December 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

Why is it ok to use pain as punishment for kids, especially administered by taxpayer funded school officials who are entrusted with our children's care and education, when the very same action is Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S. States, the U.S. Military and Prohibited by Federal Law for use against convicted Felons, murderers and child molesters, in ALL U.S. Prisons? What would happen to any citizen, parent, police officer or U.S. Supreme Court Justice who hit any person or animal with a wooden paddle in public?

What would happen if State Superintendents took a paddle to hit school officials as punishment for infractions? It would be a world media event, rife with lawsuits and imprisonment for assault! Society's views on pain to punish children under the guise of "discipline" is changing and most folks don't like to admit that they have hit their kids. Valuable resources for all child caregivers are available such as "Plain Talk About Spanking" at nospank dot net, sparethekids dot com, dontbeatblackkids dot com and donthitstudents dot com

KidsRpeople2 December 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

Sexual violence against schoolchildren, K-12, is LEGALLY PROTECTED in taxpayer funded public schools in 19 U.S. States that legally allow Pain to Punish Students K-12, Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S.States, over half our nation, constituting "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" akin to allowing State and Local Governments to legally permit Slavery!! Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Workforce has the Power and Responsibility to send H.R. 3027 "The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act" introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY, out to the floor for a full vote of Congress, but it DIED again on 12/8/2011, earlier version, H.R. 5628 DIED in House Committee on Education 2010!

KidsRpeople2 December 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

Mandatory Reporters of suspected child abuse, school teachers, coaches and administrators, legally hit schoolchildren, K-12, with thick wooden paddles, SEXUAL ASSAULT when done to a non-consenting adult, to inflict Pain as Punishment for minor infractions, some states such as Tennessee do not require parental consent or notification for schoolchildren to be "Paddled". Several "School Paddling States" have "Teacher Immunity Laws" to protect school employees from criminal/civil action, leaving INJURED schoolchildren's families NO LEGAL REDRESS!

KidsRpeople2 December 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

U.S. Federal Courts uphold outrageous incidents of school paddling and the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear school corporal punishment appeals.

See 2008 report "A Violent Education" by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for disturbing FACTS! See donthitstudents dot com. Over the past 4 years, I have collected hundreds of shocking news reports of legal child abuse in schools where children are injured and parents are powerless to protect them.

The practice of school discipline by "Corporal Punishment" is founded upon the RELIGIOUS conviction of "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child" and FORCED onto taxpayers children in public schools, violating our nation's constitution regarding liberty, equality and "Cruel and Unusual Punishment". Please add your voice to federal bill to Abolish School Corporal Punishment of Students in ALL U.S. Schools at dont hit students dot com

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