A Victorian woman has been questioned by police and threatened to be charged with assault after hitting her 9-year-old daughter with a wooden spoon.That's why we have police. To hunt down wooden-spook smackers.
Claire Davidson was warned by police that she risked an assault-with-a-weapon charge after her child revealed in a classroom discussion that her mother hit her with the spoon.How did it come about that she 'revealed' this information?
Ms Davidson said she was shocked when a support worker from Yea Public School reported the smacking to police.Did the support worker deliberately go fishing for the information? Why didn't she, and I assume it's a she, talk to the mother first? Is being a support worker the same as being one of those apartment 'managers' in Soviet Russia that were an extension of the tentacles of the KGB? The support worker is an immoral piece of crap.
"We only use the wooden spoon and that is only when she is being naughty and we give her fair chance to rectify the situation and we talk her through it," she told the Herald Sun.She said her daughters gets three warnings and, then, "it is spoon time."
Seems remarkably fair to me. I never got the three warnings as a kid. My mother stopped hitting me with a wooden spoon when she kept breaking them. The fact I was laughing might also not have helped.
Ms Davidson of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, was told by police she would be charged with assault if another instance of her daughter being hit with the spoon was reported again.So, the police will charge the mother even if the daughter simply makes it up?
The incident has sparked a debate about smacking between parents and child-welfare advocates.Child-welfare advocates have a horrible history of producing destructive outcomes for children and families. The sooner that various Departments of Community Services are completely restructured the better off kids will be.
A criminal lawyer said that whether parents are charged with assaulting their children or not depends on how severe the smacking is.More nitwittery, this time from the legal profession.
"Just because you are mother or daughter doesn't make you exempt from the law," criminal lawyer James Dowsley said.
Violence is one thing.
Discipline, which includes light smacking, is entirely another.
The whole point of violence is to inflict serious injury.
The point of light smacking is to discipline the child.
Now, are there some fathers and mothers who go too far? Of course there are but blanket banning of light smacking DOES NOT STOP those who are inclined to violence in the first place.
So now we have a good and loving mother with a potential conviction for assault.
Chalk up another innocent victim for the cultural left in Australia.
What do Australians feel about it? Here's the poll from today's ninemsn:
I wonder how many of those who voted no have kids.