I don't feel it was assault....he shouldn't have done this..I am sure he knows this..but no not assault..
The article mentions nothing about smacking so I fear the title of this thread is a little sensationalised, so I will edit it.
The man was charged with common assault so clearly not smacking, disciplinary, swiping, whatever way you want to spin it.
Constant knock and run by a couple of kids, annoying? Yes! But certainly not worthy of being assaulted
If he'd slapped the childs mother multiple times he'd be in huge trouble.
As for the nay-sayer on the article, the man pleaded guilty to the charge.
I'm really disturbed someone doesn't think this is assault and is okay. I really hope you don't slap your child in the face (or other peoples children) as discipline!
He lost his temper and attacked a child. It seems reasonable that he was charged.
I understand he was aggravated by kids knocking and ringing his door bell, but you can't resort to assaulting children to resolve it.
The incident should never have happened in the first instance. Why was an 8 yr old boy left to roam the neighbourhood? Where was the parents? This mother was lucky that nothing more serious happened to her son. Many children go missing doing the right thing! Maybe this boy and his mother needs some education on stranger danger and how to respect the elderly in the community.
and no I don't agree with touching another persons child...
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