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Discipline or Abuse: How Far is Too Far?

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A recent court case where a mother admitted to beating her son with an electrical cord over bad grades sparking a heating discussion on where the line should be drawn. 

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A recent court case where a mother admitted to beating her son with an electrical cord over bad grades sparking a heating discussion on where the line should be drawn. 

How far is too far when it comes to discipline? It’s a question that’s been circulating for quite some time, with everyone having their own views.

Our News took to the streets and spoke to residents. Some say discipline is necessary.

A woman got a conditional discharge on Monday after beating her child with an electrical cord because he ended his school year with a 1.0 GPA.

The child’s grandparents took him to the hospital following the beating on June 14th and he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

These residents tell us the use of objects like an electrical cord is taking it a bit too far.

People also sounded off on Our News social media poll.

Seventy-four percent or 89 people saw it as abuse. Twenty-two percent or 27 people saw it as discipline and three people, or two percent were undecided.

This resident said, “Where are the fathers? They are supposed to be the king of their family. Many have to be fathers and mothers. So much responsibility for one parent.”

Another adds, “They say foolishness is bound up in the heat of a child, but the rod of correction shall surely drive it out…”

And then there was this resident who says, “I have no problem with discipline or corporal punishment, but beating a child, was an electrical cord is barbaric.”

Meanwhile, this resident says it’s important to honor and respect each other.

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