What is with parents today? We've got another case of a mom who went along to a pre-planned fight between her daughter and another child. Only this time police in Los Angeles say Amber Lee Gutierrez jumped into the fight and helped her 12-year-old daughter viciously beat another tween.
They're charging the mother with assault, and her bail is set at a whopping $100,000. Some might say it's a little much for a grizzly mama protecting her cub, but is it really?
The victim may have suffered a broken arm in the two-on-one attack, and Gutierrez is also accused of hurling a racial slur at the girl during the mom-on-kid fight. If it hadn't gone that far, maybe it would be just a mom trying to help her kid, but injuries qualified this as assault -- at least in the eyes of the cops.
Oh, and then there's this. The victim was 12 years old. Gutizerrez is 33. Sure, she might have been stepping in as a mother helping her child. But protective mom or not, she's a grown woman who is accused of brutally assaulting a child who is more than 20 years her junior.
Maybe I'm simply paying better attention, but there seems to be an increasing number of parents somehow involved in their kids' fights. Some plan the fight. Some egg the kids on. And then some get involved.
The excuse used is always "well, I'm a parent, it's my job to protect my child." It's hard to argue with that, until you consider that the kid getting hurt is someone's child too. Child being the operative word.
Adults shouldn't fight kids. Period. Adults shouldn't fight anyone, really, but if you're in a situation where you are about to break a 12-year-old's arm, there should be some serious warning bells going off in your head. Check out how this went down:
Do you think this mom should be punished for allegedly getting involved in this fight?
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