Judge Orders Abusive Boyfriend To Write 'Boys Do Not Hit Girls' 5,000 Times

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Remember when you were in grammar school and your crush pulled your ponytail because he didn't know how to speak to you? Your teacher probably scolded him -- maybe gave him a written assignment or kept him inside during recess to teach him a lesson. Yeah, this story is NOTHING like that, yet one misguided judge is pretty much treating it that way. The same judge who sentenced a former teacher to just 30 days in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl has ordered an abusive boyfriend to write "boys do not hit girls" 5,000 times as part of his (super-lenient) sentence. Unless he has to write this phrase over and over again in between scrubbing the bathrooms in a women's shelter, I fail to see how this isn't the silliest punishment ever. 

Pace Anthony Furguson reportedly punched his girlfriend in the face, fracturing it in three places. Thankfully, the 27-year-old will be forced to serve the maximum allowed jail time of 6 months and has to pay $3,800 toward his girlfriend's (ex-girlfriend's, let's hope) medical bills, but all I can think when I hear this is -- well, duh. This should be a no-brainer. Of course this guy should serve at least 6 months in prison and have to go in debt to pay for his girlfriend's shattered face -- if he hadn't been such an abusive jerk, the woman wouldn't need medical attention in the first place. 

If this is the maximum punishment allowed in the state of Montana, well then it is what it is, I guess. But when Judge G. Todd Baugh decided to add a silly writing exercise on top of it...well, he lost me with that one. Does he really consider this an appropriate punishment? 

Furguson is a grown man who doesn't need to learn that it isn't okay to punch a woman (or anyone, really). He simply needs to pay for his actions. A better way of handling this, and maybe knocking some sense into him, would be to force him to go to counseling AND perform a certain number of hours of community service at a woman's shelter. This judge's writing punishment comes off as a jokey way of dealing with a very serious problem. 

What do you think of the judge's writing exercise punishment?


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Denise Yates

The location of women's shelters is often kept secret and very few men are allowed in because having them around can be traumatic for battered women. I do agree with you that making a grown man write sentences is silly. This judge makes a mockery of the legal system and its time for him to go.

Mark Cox

people dont hit people!!!

Jespren Jespren

the thing is, while this does seem very foolish and seems to make quite the mockery out of this, there is some sense behind it too. A different form of memory and thinking is accessed when you do something physical repeatedly. Having to write 'boys don't hit girls' 5000 times will force the message into a different portion of his mind than has probably ever had the message before. Muscle memory, the part of the brain that deal with memorized movements, is a very automatic and strong portion of your brain and responds regardless of whether you are actually thinking about it, so it is wholly possible that this activity will, in fact, help put a mental pause in his actions the next time he wants to hit a girl. That being said, 'boys do not hit girls'??? because they are apparently in middle school? Men do not hit women or I will not hit or any other of a dozen phrases probably would have been a lot better.

Kattey Kattey

Thank you, Mark. People don't hit people.

Shannon Elysabeth Mundorff

What the hell kind of world do we live in where a full grown man can punch a female in the face, and FRACTURE it in THREE PLACES, and the MAXIMUM jail time is only 6 MONTHS?? 

Kattey Kattey

Shannon, the kind of world where a person can get a life sentence for just possession but only 5 years for abusing children. It's a scary place.

Pixie030 Pixie030

Maybe if judge's started putting forth punishments like the woman be allowed to hit him in the face with an aluminum baseball bat, people would start thinking twice before beating on weaker individuals. Bullies of any kind sicken me.

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