The other day I saw a mom punch her 4-year-old in the arm. Normally, I’m a very outspoken person. But, I was speechless. It tears me up inside that I didn’t say anything as soon as it happened.
The following day a co-worker told me about a Long Island cop who was arrested for punching his 3-year-old son in the face. The toddler was later treated at a local hospital for swelling and bruising.
It’s one thing to spank, but punching a child is a whole other story. I consider it abuse. I’ve expressed my thoughts on how I discipline my own child, and I try not to judge other parents. However in both cases, I strongly believe something must be done.
The officer has been charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree criminal mischief. As far as the mom, I won’t allow myself to stay silent the next time this happens.
If no one stands up for these kids, who will?