When I was a kid, I received my fair share of beatings when I did wrong. Yes, I was bad, at times, and I deserved it. My father was the disciplinarian. Usually, it was with a belt on the behind. A couple of whacks on the behind usually did it, and I didn’t turn into a criminal.
This week, a story broke from Arkansas about a girl who was taken to the extreme with corporal punishment. Hidden camera video of the beating took place in 2004 and the severity of the beating is beyond comprehension.
Be forewarned! This video released on YouTube is graphic. I only watched two minutes of it and was appalled by what I saw.
What makes it even more mind-boggling is, two tings. Number one, the girl was a special needs child. Hillary Adams has cerebral palsy since birth. She developed a passion for technology, which was strictly forbidden by her father’s backwards views.
Number two, the man who administered the beating was a family law judge. Judge William Adams was, of all things, responsible for hearing child abuse cases for an Arkansas county. If that’s not irony, then I don’t know what is.
The video has since gone viral and thousands of people have come to the girl’s defense. The mother in the video, who is heard in the background, has since divorced her husband, it was explained on a Facebook support page that she herself was a victim of abuse herself and was also severely manipulated into assisting the beating. She has since apologized long before the video surfaced.
Hillary also said that her father, who wouldn’t face charges in the beating, “is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can’t even exercise fit judgement as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again…his “judgement” is a giant farce.”
With discipline, there has to be a learning moment. You just can’t continuously beat a kid without letting then know exactly why it’s happening. It must be swift and reinforced with love. Beating a kid constantly and without good reason leads to severe mental issues and in Hillary’s case, this beating went above and beyond discipline and into the realm of child abuse.
We hear about child abuse. We see what child abuse might be like on Lifetime’s movie of the week. But we never see it in real life and in real time. This incident should be a wake-up call to all decent people who know the difference between discipline and child abuse.