This BBC story is fascinating – Smoking daughter ‘hit with brush. I think I can understand, in this case, where the parent was coming from when he decided to thump his daughter with a brush shaft. Now.. at first hearing the immediate reaction is to say that the dad overstepped the mark. I mean, come on, taking a brush shaft to a child is way outa line, isn’t it?
But then you read on to discover that the guy has the lung disease emphysema. So I suppose he maybe saw his daughter throwing her lungs away and well … I suppose he saw red. Losing the head is no way to convince a kid not to smoke but, on a human level, you have to understand the frustration he must have felt.
In the end Resident Magistrate Barney McElholme sentenced the man to a month in jail , suspended for a year. Hopefully, they guy won’t go to jail, the daughter will stop smoking and they’ll get back to playing happy families.
What do you think?
Is it ever right to physically punish a child at all? Did Barney do a King Solomon here?