Fathers can teach their children a lot of things -- how to play sports, how to read, how to cook and clean (why not?), how to stand up for themselves and their friends, etc. But one thing dads probably shouldn't try to teach their kids is what "waterboarding" feels like, which is what one dad in Montana reportedly did. The man was arrested after waterboarding his two sons, ages 9 and 12, as well as two neighborhood kids, ages 13 and 15. Oh, and he did it as a "learning experience" for the boys. Yo, Dad, your kids don't really need to know what it's like to feel like an Al-Qaeda operative.
It all started when his girlfriend at the time reported the unidentified man for breaking her wrist and finger when she tried to stop him from waterboarding his sons. Waterboarding is a torture technique in which water is poured over a person's face, making him experience the sensation of drowning.
According to Wikipedia, "waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death."
The guy sounds like he's obsessed with the military -- he also had body armor, assault rifles, and armor-piercing ammunition. But the only people he seemed to be at war with was his kids and some neighborhood kids.
The man was given a suspended sentence and parole. Which means, after spending 80 days in jail, he won't do any more time unless he gets in more trouble. Who knew you could use torture techniques banned in the military on your kids and walk free with less time in the clink than some people spend for suspicion of drunk driving?
Meanwhile, parents who take photos of their naked kids in the bath get their kids taken from them. Something wrong with this picture? Perhaps the guy merely splashed a bit of water on their faces, called it "waterboarding", and it was all kind of a joke? Hard to tell with this ridiculously light sentence what exactly happened here.
What do you think should have happened to this guy?
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