Wednesday 7 December 2016

Slapping law another case of the State taking a thin slice off personal freedom

Published 20/10/2015 | 02:30

'One man’s tap on the backside for a naughty child is another man’s serious assault'
'One man’s tap on the backside for a naughty child is another man’s serious assault'

It was the smack that was heard around the soft drinks aisle. As exhausted office workers trundled through the supermarket and picked something up for dinner that night, a child started to act up with his visibly harassed and aggressive mother.

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Rather than explain to the urchin that he wasn't allowed to grab whatever he wanted from the shelf and put it in the shopping basket, the woman smacked him with such force that a percussive crack was heard by everyone around her, including a security guard who promptly escorted mother and child - both of them screaming at this stage, although for very different reasons - off the premises.

As examples of bad parenting go, it was a masterclass. In fact, it stretched so far beyond the scope of bad parenting that it was nothing other than an assault.

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