I think I'm more disturbed at all the commenters who seem to be supporting the abusive mother's 'right' to squirt hotsauce into a child's mouth and put him in a freezing shower whilst waxing lyrical about the good ol' days of the strap.
In a case that has drawn international attention, jurors on Wednesday watched video showing an Alaskan mother squirting hot sauce in the mouth of her adopted son. Her attorney said it was punishment for misbehaving at school and lying about it to his mother. The video was originally aired on a Dr. Phil episode and caused a public uproar in Russia where the boy is from. The footage, along with audio of the boy screaming as he's forced to stand in a cold shower, was shown as part of Jessica Beagley's trial Wednesday on misdemeanour child abuse charges.Prosecutors say Beagley went beyond what would be considered reasonable parental discipline. Her lawyer, William Ingaldson, said she resorted to unconventional disciplinary methods because more traditional forms of punishment had not worked with the boy.Beagley, along with her police officer husband, adopted the boy and his twin brother from a Russian orphanage after their parents abandoned them, Ingaldson said. The boys were taken there after Russian investigators found their family living in a shack, where the boys slept on shelves in an armoire, he said.
Read the comments and people seem to be arguing for the right to exact violent punishment on children. The child's crime in this case? Being a child: "sword-fighting with pencils and wriggling in his seat at school." Maybe the child lied for the same reasons torture induced confessions aren't reliable. Maybe when her punitive, confession inducing approach, didn't work she might have considered her approach to be flawed instead of just punishing harder.
Recalling my introductory comment, I suspect mother in this report and her pro-abuse supporters in the comments are missing a major point. Sticking a ball of energy like a child in a orderly space like a classroom or having them conform to certain home routines is often forcing the child to fit routines of adult lives and expectations. When these might be beyond the capacity of the child to adopt, the wee one is punished by unreflexive people who don't understand the difference between discipline and punishment.
In Canada, this desire to punish for any sort of deviance explains much about why we have the government we do. Prisons and workhouses. Combat deployments in poor countries that step out of line. The Cons are dialing back the clock on the armed forces and foreign policy, why not bring back corporal punishment to keep the kids in line?