I came across this article on a news feed and it ticks me off.
A daycare owner in Illinois has been arrested and charged criminally for putting hot sauce on the tongues of children at the day care. She was also charged for “slamming” a child in a chair and for “squeezing the arm” of another child.
Yes, child abuse in this country is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Guess what … so is respect, accountability, and proper behavior in children.
What are you supposed to do with a child that hits you? Or a child that tells you to “go F*** yourself”? What if a child runs into the street? I can come up with a million examples of misbehavior. Maybe one of the prosecutors can publish a brief outlining permissible discipline parents can use to prevent children from engaging in improper behavior. Don’t see many manifestos like that around – it’s always what an adult “shouldn’t” do to discipline a child, not what they should do.
In this case, the prosecutors went too far.
I have washed my kids’ mouths out with soap. Does that make me a public enemy? I’ve even used hot sauce in their mouths when they swear or become verbally abusive. Good thing I don’t live in Harrisburg, IL, I guess. Florida says it’s OK to force a child to drink hot sauce.
Where do we stop on this slippery slope? If I make my kids eat their broccoli and they don’t like it, am I now subject to arrest for forcing them to eat something they don’t like? Maybe kids should just get to eat candy and cake for every meal. Don’t put anything in their mouths that they don’t like. Then the state would take away the kids because they’re too fat.
No touching of the children? Do we get faced with a prosecutor who keeps a list like Rain Man? The “Serious Injury List”? “Charlie Babbitt squeezed and pulled and hurt my neck in 1988″?
Wonder if the investigators will start prosecuting children for misbehaving. Better build a new wing for “juvi.”