The case began in 1990 when a girl in a small, northern town
went to police and complained that her father hit her with his belt for
doing poorly at school.
The man was sentenced to 20 days in jail, though it was unclear if he
would have to serve it as, in Italy, light sentences for first
convictions are often suspended.
"Punitive measures whether administered by police,
spouses or parents have well-known standard effects:
(1) escape -- education has its own name for that: truancy,
(2) counterattack -- vandalism on schools and attacks on
(3) apathy -- a sullen do-nothing withdrawal. The more
the punishment, the more serious the by-products."
B. F. Skinner, Ph.D., author, Professor of Psychology,
Making a point by inflicting physical pain is undesirable, and poor
message to send. An enlightening overview by "Parents and
Teachers Against Violence in Education" (PTAVE) called
Plain Talk about
Spanking offers beneficial reading for people
everywhere. And, Spanking - a shortcut to nowhere... is a
psychologist's compelling look at why people spank, and the ill affects.
I would, also, point out that in cases when a child is not
getting enough love from their parents they may
do things that will bring about a spank, just to get the attention
they are not getting in a positive manner. Also, some parents would
define a child as anyone who is under 18, and would, also,
proceed to spank a teenager. In some cases the rational is
do to extreme religious beliefs, though the believer in that same
religion in Europe would only spank up to age 16 due to European
definition of adulthood as age 16. In these cases it
is clearly physical abuse, and should be dealt with as such by
any person aware of it.
Some people support the position that the divorce of parents,
with children, should be hindered to prevent harmful trauma to the
youth, and some think that divorce should be easy to avert the
psychological stresses associated with an atmosphere of conflict.
Ideally, it would seem that it needs to be a per family decision
made by counselors, or by ethicists, lest we risk the
blanket, "one right for all",
approach which may either completely destroy families, or
harm members of a family caught in the vice of being "forced"
I would make note of the fact that children may be suffering
from the stress of families forced together, and that the right-wing
push for "family values", though a "nice"
sounding attempt to keep healthy, respectful families, will in
truth blindly continue to screw the lid down harder on the pressure
cooker of unstable units which remain families. Pro-family
advocates, and "experts" have rallied around the wrong
flag in their cry for a "solution". This step backwards
will, foreseeably, continue to preserve the time honored tradition
of youth oppression.
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