Hitting Someone Else's Children
What in the World is Going On
I can't help but ask, "What in the world is going on?"
What makes people think it is acceptable for them to hit children. I am absolutely shocked at the recent news about two different people who hit someone else's children in public.
Please read the two accounts below and tell me what you think?
Do You Think It Is OK to Hit Someone Else's Child?
Georgia man Roger Stephens hits child that's not his at Wal-Mart when she won't stop crying
Thursday, September 3rd 2009, 7:12 AM
A slap-happy 61-year-old man is in big trouble for smacking a wailing 2-year-old.
Annoyed with the toddler's sobbing inside a suburban Atlanta Wal-Mart, Roger Stephens slapped the child several times after warning the kid's mother to keep her quiet, cops said.
He hit the girl at least four times.
"See, I told you I would shut her up," Stephens, of Stone Mountain, is alleged to have said.
Now he's being slapped by the law. Stephens is charged with felony cruelty to children.
It was unclear if he had a lawyer, and a telephone call to his home yesterday was unanswered.
Authorities say the girl and her mother were shopping Monday when the tot began crying.
The police report says Stephens approached the mother and said, "If you don't shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you."
Authorities say Stephens then grabbed the 2-year-old and slapped her.
The child began screaming and Stephens was arrested.
Police say an examination showed the girl's face was slightly red.
A call to the girl's mother, identified in the police report as Sonya Mathews of Grayson, was answered by a woman who identified herself as Sabrina Mathis, the victim's aunt.
Mathis said Wednesday that the girl is doing fine.
"As of today, she has really forgotten about it," Mathis said.
"She's been playing." Mathis said the girl's mother was shaken up over the incident.
"She's as well as to be expected," Mathis said. "Right now she's just trying to calm down."
The Associated Press ~ Complete story copied from NYdailynews.com
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/09/03/2009-09-03_hes_cryin_shame_hothead_gets_slapped_for_beating_tot.html#ixzz0ROzjCaJr
Spanking Leads to Assault Charge
CINCINNATI (Sept. 16) - Police say a woman has been arrested for allegedly spanking another person's 2-year-old son in a Cincinnati store.
Gloria Ballard was due in a Hamilton County on Wednesday to face an assault charge.
Cincinnati police say the toddler said something that apparently annoyed Ballard inside a Salvation Army store on Tuesday. Police say she then told the boy's mother she didn't know how to take care of her son, put him over her knee, and spanked him three times.
Police say the two women didn't know each other and that the 44-year-old Ballard wasn't given permission to touch the child.
There was no attorney listed for Ballard.
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A Personal Story
I had been sick for several days and my husband had been cooking all of our meals. By the third day, I was feeling somewhat better, but not well enough to resume any kitchen duty. In order to give my husband a break, we decided to go out to eat. The restaurant was moderately crowded but not terribly noisy. We were seated in a booth for two across from a family of 3. When the little girl finished eating, she promptly jumped out of her seat and started dancing and singing in the walkway between the tables. Her parents were laughing and encouraging her instead of making her sit back down.
My head was swimming and I was starting to feel sick again. I wanted to leave immediately, but we had to wait on the waitress who had to dodge the child every time she tried to walk by. As a result, she had started going around the other way to serve her tables which meant she was not coming by our table at all.
My husband finally got our waitresses attention by waving at her. My head was hurting so bad that I had involuntary tears streaming down my face. I was extremely embarrassed.
On a normal day I would think the child was adorable, but I would still think that she should behave properly in a public place by remaining seated and using her "inside" voice when talking. We left the restaurant as soon as we possibly could and little "Shirley Temple" was still performing.
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I hope everyone reading this understands that I am not debating disciplining your own child. I am only addressing the issue of hitting someone else's children. I am not even talking about aunts, uncles or grandparents. I am really only considering when strangers hit children.
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