You hear about parents who take "discipline" too far all the time. But the story you're about to read doesn't sound like discipline. It sounds like torture, plain and simple. Cops in Utah say two women took hot sauce and poured it in the eyes of a 14-year-old boy to punish him for breaking a glass.
And this wasn't some one-off mistake for Robin Willette Rumsey, the boy's mother, and her friend, Krista Jean Miller. The two women have allegedly been torturing the child for quite some time.
At one point, cops say they forced the boy to smoke marijuana. They allegedly poured alcohol over his face, and police say they even locked him in a basement. That's on top of the hot sauce!
Does any of that sound like "discipline" to you?
Me neither. Discipline is a punishment to correct a behavior. Discipline might be unpleasant, but it's not harmful in the long run. It's something a parent should be willing to undergo themselves if they do something wrong. I take my daughter's Kindle away as discipline. I tell her she has lost her phone privileges.
I don't torture her.
This is an important distinction. We as human beings need to respect others, even (especially?) children. It's a pretty easy line to draw: what we don't want done to us shouldn't be done to others.
I know I wouldn't pour Tabasco in my daughter's eyes or my husband's eyes, for that matter. I wouldn't do it to anyone, child or adult. After all, I wouldn't let someone pour Tabasco in MY eyes. That's cruel and inhumane.
We wouldn't allow the CIA to do that to enemy combatants. We wouldn't allow prison guards to do that to prisoners.
Rumsey and Miller are facing multiple felony child abuse and endangerment charges. I'd like to say they should be punished with the sorts of things they were accused of doing to this poor child, but we are better than that in America. We don't torture our criminals.
What punishment should these ladies get if they're convicted?
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