EL CENTRO, California—The video of a dad beating his young son with a belt for not catching a baseball properly, has caused outrage across the county.
When a curious neighbor Oscar Lopez looked out his window he was amazed at what he saw. So of course he did what millions do these days….he began to video tape. He observed a dad tossing a ball with his son in their backyard. Apparently his stepson was not catching the ball properly, so the stepfather began beating him with a belt. The video shows the child crying and begging for him to stop, but the angry dad continued to whip him repeatedly. What’s most disturbing is that the dad stopped and began tossing the ball again, in between spankings.
Good thing the concerned neighbor yelled for the dad to stop and took the video to the police. The 34-year-old Imperial Irrigation District Director, Anthony Sanchez, turned himself in and is facing felony child abuse charges. Sanchez was held on $100,000 bail and could face up to six years in prison.
The questions for the day…should police step in to challenge a parents discipline style? Did the video clearly show abuse? If he did not have a previous record of abusing his son, should he be punished?
Well, the days of whipping your child is clearly over. The world now has “Big Brother” watching your every move…which is annoying in some cases, but not with this incident. Although I am a strong believer in our freedoms and the ability to discipline unruly children, it is NEVER ok to beat them. And especially in this case….an incorrect toss of a baseball is a ridiculous reason to hit your son. Shame on the dad!
It is true that we have become too soft as a nation and clearly have given the power to children. There are many unruly kids who are not firmly punished and parents have no control over them. These kids are reckless and call the police if their parents even look at them wrong. This is not to say beating them is the answer, we just need to find a balance, teaching them respect and disciplining them from an early age. My mother never needed to beat me as a kid, she would just look at me a certain way and I knew to straighten up my act. While I did have my small share of spankings, they were well-deserved and never went overboard. And they certainly were not over sports.
The video is graphic, includes foul language, and it has been removed from Youtube several times but if you can stomach it and are over 18 check it out and decide for yourself….click link here and vote below. Also check out the comments below and feel free to add your own.
How will the dad go back to work after this….how embarrasing. On another note; do you need to say “alleged’ when it is caught on tape?