By CHARLES BOOTHE - |
A news story the other day told about a father in another state who was charged after spanking his 8-year-old son at a party.
Apparently, the boy said some nasty words to guests, "cussin'" words that were obviously crude and disrespectful.
The father hit the boy on the backside with his hand and some said a belt, thereby sparking a complaint and the filing of charges.
When the case came to court, though, the judge sided with the father, agreeing that the punishment was in line with the offense, and the case was dismissed. To be fair, the hitting with the belt part of the complaint could not be proven, so how that may have affected the judge's decision, we don't know.
As someone who grew up in another time, this story was a bit on the perplexing side, but not at all surprising.
My first reaction was to make a list of all of my relatives and parents of friends who could have been tossed in the hoosegow back in the day for using "excessive force" with children.