Video of teen being punished for not respecting teacher is raising questions … and eyebrows

Some have called it an example of tough love and effective parenting. Others see it as child abuse. You can decide for yourself after watching the Facebook video below, which has gone viral.

In it a teen who failed to show proper respect for his teacher is forced by his mother to pace the room with a stack of books above his head as he chants, “I love school” and “I’m not going to disrespect my teacher.”

Memphis NBC affiliate WMC notes:

Many people are praising the mom’s methods, but others say it is causing emotional scars.

The mother and another person filming watch the boy as he starts crying, but they do not let him bring the books down. At one point, the person by the camera laughs.

Barbara King, executive director of Exchange Club Family Center, which is is committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect, questions whether the punishment fits the crime, adding that discipline directly connected to the infraction is always best. “Emotional abuse is more long lasting and really does more harm than physical abuse,” King is quoted as saying.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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