She should have just called the police herself
Public humiliation punishments are nothing new, but they do seem to be making a comeback in the age of social media. Not only is the punished child seen by friends and neighbors, they can be shamed by the entire world. A parent that believes in such punishments may think that the more looks the child gets, the less likely they’ll be to make the same mistake again.
While some people are in favor of public humiliation, others believe that the shame they develop will negatively affect the child for the rest of their lives. Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason author Alfie Kohn explained, “It’s not just that humiliating people, of any age, is a nasty and disrespectful way of treating them, it’s that humiliation, like other forms of punishment, is counterproductive. ‘Doing to’ strategies — as opposed to those that might be described as ‘working with’ — can never achieve any result beyond temporary compliance, and it does so at a disturbing cost.”
A pre-teen boy was grievously punished by his neighbor, and she’s the one who’s going to lose out in the end.
In Eureka, Missouri an unidentified 34-year-old woman allowed her nine-year-old daughter to sleep over at her friend’s apartment in the complex in which both families lived. While the girls were sleeping in one room, the girl’s nine-year-old brother snuck in.
The boy later admitted to police that he pulled the neighbor girl’s hair to wake her. When she bolted upwards, he claimed that he accidentally hit the girl in the chest.
When the child went back to her own apartment, she told her mother that the boy touched her inappropriately. She was furious, and she decided to punish the boy the next time she saw him.
A Terrible Choice
“The next day the nine-year-old boy went to the neighbor’s house looking for his sister, and the mother of the young girl who was upset with the young boy pulled him into the apartment, shaved his head,” Lt. Dave Wilson explained to KMOV-TV.
The enraged mother also used a marker to write “pervert” on his forehead.
The police were called after the incident, and the mother admitted to attacking the nine-year-old boy. She may catch a charge of assaulting a minor, but Lt. Wilson stated that she “obviously regrets her decision.” The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office is now handling the case.
For All to See
Parents have been using public humiliation as punishment for years, but it’s far more visible now due to social media and camera phones. In 2012, the mom of a 12-year-old girl in Fridley, Minnesota shaved her daughter’s head and forced her to run around their apartment complex wearing only a tank-top and a diaper.
Neighbors saw the disturbing scene and called police. They also took pictures of the girl so that the police would be able to see exactly what her mother and the woman’s boyfriend put her through.
The adults were arrested, and they laughed the entire way to the police station feeling that they did nothing wrong. They forced the child to do “diaper duty” because she had bad grades.
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