Father Smacks Child Across The Head
” I was up my shop earlier today and there was this cute little boy messing about. He wasn’t being really naughty, just cheeky. But the father got really angry and just smacked him hard across his head and told him he was a naughty sod and would be get a beating if he carried on. I just wanted to take the little boy away and give him a hug! Poor kid. I don’t think its right to hit kids on the head.”
I am sorry you had to witness this and I can only agree that this would have upset me if I had seen it. I can’t understand why parents react this way. Yes clearly a little boy is full of beans and cheek, but isn’t this to be expected from all young children at times?
To hit a child in public scares me as it leaves me wondering what other punishment takes place behind closed doors.
I wonder if I would have had to have made a comment, I know I sure as hell would have glared my disapproval in his direction.
Smacking children under three is set to be outlawed, it emerged yesterday.
New laws will also make it illegal for parents to hit children of any age on the head, shake them or strike them with an implement such as a belt or slipper.
The changes, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, would still let parents smack older children, but would severely restrict the traditional defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ against assault charges. Potential sentences could include a jail term.
The European court ruled three years ago that the UK had failed to protect the human rights of a boy whose stepfather beat him with a garden cane. The man was cleared of assault when a jury accepted that it had not been an excessive punishment. (Mail Online)
Should you intervene if you see a child being hit by its parents?