According the NSW crime act (and most other states are very similar) you cannot use physical force on the neck or head of a child so it isn't even classed as discipline for those that are confusing it with corporal punishment. http://www.tenants.org.au/publish/li...ions/index.php
No matter what no one has the right to hit a child like that. This is not corporal punishment, this is assault and it is a bit scary that people don't realise this.
All kids get up to mischief, they do things like door knocking and they learn as they grow up that it is inappropriate - of course they guy had the right to get angry but he had NO right to physically abuse the child, he is a man and they are a child…there is a huge difference between the strengths of the two and maturity of the two. It is totally wrong.
Once again if it were a woman he slapped continuously in the face would anyone be defending him?
Last edited by Ulysses; 17-08-2012 at 06:17.
It's media labelling things like this 'smacking' that gives a lot of people the fuel to look down their noses at pro-smacking parents and call it assault. This is not smacking, in reality slapping a kid in the face 8 times is assault and abuse.
It sounds like the bell ringing had been going on for awhile. However, he should have just called the police, or taken the child to his mother to explain, rather than assaulting the child first.
I wonder if he'd already gone to the mum and had the 'boys will be boys' thing thrown at him. Just a speculation, he might not have said anything at all and it certainly doesn't excuse slapping a child in the face, whether they've been a nuisance or not and whether they're your own child or not.
But what recourse do you have if the mum won't do anything and the police CAN'T do anything because they're just kids being pests? I'm DEFINITELY not excusing what he did by any means, just wondering what other options he would have had that he clearly chose not to take.
I can understand his frustration and anger, particularly if it was ongoing and he had attempted to speak to his parents but he has absolutely no right to assault or 'discipline' someone else's child.
I would of pressed charges too (although I wouldn't let my 8 year old wander the streets being a pest!!)
Wow no no no. But I could understand the frustration send him home to me he would be grounded from leaving the house unless for school for a month.
Wow. Yep, you assault someone, especially a child, you should pay
Last edited by Eko; 17-08-2012 at 07:09. Reason: Sp
Slapping in the face is not smacking. He assaulted the child and should be charged. I hate hen slapping, hitting etc is lumped in with smacking.
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