The Dom reports that “A father who spanked his eight-year-old son… for misbehaving… is one of the first to be convicted of assault under the law against smacking”.
As expected, all the usual suspects are up in arms, including Family First national director Bob McCroskrie, who thinks it’s ok to hit kids and doesn’t seem to have given up on his outrageous campaign.
We don’t know much in the way of details but the Dom reports from the courtcase that “Becoming frustrated [my emphasis], the father grabbed his son’s clothes at the shoulder and pulled him on to the bed. The father then flipped the boy over his knee and smacked him three times on the bottom with an open palm, before roughly sitting him back up.”
The boy’s mother [again, my emphasis] pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, is understood to have taken a photograph of the bruise and shown it to a relative, who told police several days later.
Bob McCroskrie points to this case as one of “the law targeting parents”. Seems more to me like a case of parents targeting abuse.
Shame on you Family Fist.
If you’re as sick of hearing this crap as I am from Bob McCroskrie please give him a call on 09 261 2426 or fax him on 09 261 2520 – tell him it’s time to start sticking up for kids rather than the grownups who assault them.
Alternatively, take 30 seconds and email him from this form.