Comments: "The Belt was nine feet long, eight feet wide, and it had hooks in it that would rip the meat off of ya if it ever hit ya..."

And will Massachuesetts bring neglect charges against the father if the kid stops going to school, hots the crack pipe & starts turning tricks, in the absence of any parental authority?

Maybe Dad went a bit overboard here, but it sounds like a divorced Mom trying to stick it to the ex., and a state system out of control.

Posted by Tony Iovino at May 2, 2005 06:56 AM

Nice headline! I almost choked and I *did* doubletake. Bill Cosby's "To Russell, the brother whom I slept with," right? I grew up listening to that record.

"Do you want me... to get... THE BELT?"

Posted by elgato at May 2, 2005 11:09 AM

If you want to organize and fight ludicrous prosecutions like this one over reasonable spanking of children, join the CP Prosecutions list at

Posted by D.J. at May 5, 2005 02:44 PM

The mother in this case was trying to protect her child. This is normal. It's not normal to whip a person with a belt! When will people wake up and realize that children are human beings, and that "discipline" means to teach, not to whip somebody. All this boy did was forget his homework. His father could have just handed it to him, or reminded him, geesh. If one of you were whipped for forgetting something, you'd bring felony charges I'm sure. This father is dangerous, and hasn't a clue how to communicate or raise a child. In 14 countries it's illegal to assault children, and child abuse has gone way down in those places. But here in the US we tolerate hitters, as long as they call their sadism "discipline." I say congrats to the Plymouth law enforcers for calling "spanking" what it really is, assault. Hope the guy pays a BIG fine, and if anyone deserves to be "spanked" it's him! Let's use the belt on HIM, then he'll stop assaulting his child. But the law protects these creeps, you can't hit a prisoner. And those of you who think it's OK to be hit because it happened to you as a child, well it looks like your brains were affected by all that hitting! Studies show people have lower IQs when they've been hit as kids.

Posted by m&m at May 7, 2005 08:05 AM

Prisoners and animals can't be treated like this and if this was done to an adult they'd be arrested for assault. People who do this to their kids are thugs.

Posted by GoodMom at September 25, 2005 06:46 PM
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