Letters to the Editor

No to child abuse disguised as corporal punishment

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Having seen the newscasts and read the newspapers, I believe it's unfortunate and disheartening when I see such misguided support for corporal punishment.

We need to understand that there's a very thin line between what's perceived as discipline and child abuse. Once that line is crossed, the State goes into reactive mode.

The mother seen in the video on social media whipping that toddler into submission is no different from former and current slave masters. Could it be that that's how the father of the child shows his love to the mother?

I put it to you, anyone who accepts that the licks they got as a child made them who they are today has got serious undiagnosed psychological issues. I can't imagine accepting abuse as being the reason for the exemplary man I've become.

The Bible should not be deemed to be a licence for hitting one's child. In fact, the Bible speaks about “hitting” one's child but only once; there are far more verses about showing them love therein.

Discipline is not synonymous with love. Anyone who holds an opposite view would then need to explain the difference between that and a man who beats a woman, who in turn accepts it as a sign of his love. The fact is that corporal punishment as a form of discipline is more synonymous with abuse.

Paternal care and protection — that's the duty and obligation of a parent. A child owes his/her parents nothing. No child asked to be here, none!

Children are not cattle, so you can't raise them. They are not plants, so you can't grow them. They are human beings and should be guided, mentored, protected, and loved.

Dialogue and painless inflicting methods are, in my view, how to discipline a child. Any act of discipline that inflicts physical, psychological and mental pain to a child is abuse.

I remember a teacher once hit me for not knowing the answer to a question. I found that arrogant of her, since it was her duty to teach me. Why abuse me [a child] for her failure to effectively teach?

*drop mic moment*

Michael Khreuz





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