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Mom who whipped kids gets praised by Louisiana officials

Mom who whipped kids gets praised by Louisiana officials

Louisiana’s Attorney General and its State Treasurer have condemned the arrest of 30-year-old Schaquana Spears, an ‘awesome mum’ who was arrested this week on charges of child cruelty.

According to this report, State Treasurer John Kennedy defended the single mother of six in a Wednesday letter to the state’s Department of Children and Family Services criticising the arrest.

In biblical times, sparing the rod led to a spoiled child. In modern times, sparing the rod leads to an imprisoned child.

Attorney General Jeff Landry echoed that sentiment in a Friday statement supporting Spears and her parenting tactics.

To be a peaceful and moral society, it is imperative our children learn right from wrong. I am grateful for my loving mother who did not spare the rod to teach this valuable lesson.

Police charged the mom with child cruelty after detectives found deep cuts and bruises on her kids’ bodies. Lacerations on the 13-year-old’s arms had bled, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report said.

Spears was charged with child cruelty on Monday after she tore into them with an electrical cord because they broke into a neighbor’s home.

She  said she whipped the three after a neighbor caught them stealing things from a home in Baton Rouge neighborhood.

Spears made the boys, aged 13, 12 and 10 – return the items they stole. Then, she punished them by beating them with the cord.

But Spears insists the beating was a way to teach her boys right from wrong, not an act of abuse.

Spears was released from jail Tuesday after Winter Applewhite, the owner of a bail bond company, heard the mom’s story and used neatly $1,000 of her own cash to free her. Said Applewhite:

I think she was an awesome mom. I think what she did what was right. Had it been my boys, I would have whipped them as well and whipped them again when I got out.

But while Spears is free, the charges are still pending – and her children have been removed from her custody in the interim.

In an emotional interview with local news, Spears repeated her love for her children and pleaded to have them returned to her care. She said that, had she not disciplined them, she feared they might get into bigger trouble as they grew up.

16 responses to “Mom who whipped kids gets praised by Louisiana officials”

  1. L.Long says:

    See is so full of BS!!!! Spare the rod? So she thinks(oxymoroon) that beating someone is a good learning tool??? Well if it works so well, then we should tie prisoners to posts and beat the crap out of them a LOT!!!! That way in less then a year they can get out and move near her as they will be well behaved people!!!

  2. Broga says:

    What about beating parents who fail to devote time to bringing up their children? Many Christians seem to be sadists who like the biblical “authority” to whip their kids.

    The public schools of Victorian times had famous floggers as headmasters. “…….the wholehearted acceptance of canings and floggings, notionally as punishment, but manifestly a form of tormented emotional release.” A.N.Wilson in “The Victorians.”

  3. barriejohn says:

    Baton Rouge? Oh, no; tell me it’s not so!

  4. barriejohn says:

    You’re not going to believe this, but Ken Ham has an opinion on this – and it’s not a liberal one, either!

    https://answersingenesis.org/train-up-a-child/christian-parenting/disciplining-children-gods-way/

    Secular psychology rejects that children are sinners and instead teaches that children are basically “good.” This is a false premise and it will never lead to the exercise of biblical discipline of children. Children are no different than adults when it comes to sin, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, emphasis added).

    Many people, including some Christians, fail to realize that one God-given aspect of biblical discipline is corporal punishment—and God tells parents to use it in disciplining their children.

    Parents, if you desire to demonstrate biblical love to your children, then exercise biblical discipline. Our culture as a whole would benefit greatly from parents disciplining their children God’s way.

  5. Daz says:

    Dear Parents,
    If you habitually use Method X in order to instil a sense of right and wrong into your children, and by age thirteen they still don't get it, then Method X is clearly a complete waste of time and effort.

    This message was brought to you by the Institute For Statin' The Bleedin' Obvious.

  6. Stephen Mynett says:

    To these religionists any consensual act of BDSM is considered a perversion, yet they are happy to indulge their own BDSM fetishes with non-consenting children.

  7. sailor1031 says:

    One reads social history of the nineteenth century with awe and a deep gratitude for not having been there. My understanding is that flogging especially for the upper classes has only recently been abandoned – and was quite common at David Cameron’s alma mater (perhaps that explains many of the mysteries of british government). A few decades ago the name Chevenix-Trench was not unknown even in Canada

  8. Trevor Blake says:

    The discipline had not worked for the previous 10, 12 and 13 years but maybe magically it will work now. Because now she has state-enfranchised superstition on her side.

  9. John the Drunkard says:

    Funny how raising three burglars gets a free pass. But beating her kids makes her a hero?

    Look at U.S. crime statistics to see how well Louisiana’s approach is working….

  10. leftwingwilly says:

    The current scientific research on the use of corporal punishment to discipline children shows that it doesn’t work and that using the rod will much more likely lead “to an imprisoned child”than sparing the rod. Of course, Louisiana officials are generally not great fans of science or reality.

  11. Stephen Mynett says:

    I cannot find the reference but remember reading that Nelson though corporal punishment a bad thing, despite using it in the Navy because he had no other option, his quote was that it turned good men bad and bad men worse.

  12. Laura Roberts says:

    @StephenMynett: (re BDSM)

    “Had it been my boys, I would have whipped them as well and whipped them again when I got out.”

    One can easily imagine Applewhite slavering over the prospect. Their bible contains lurid stories of pillaging, rape and enslavement as reward for vengeance. Hence it is no wonder they yearn for excuses to torture other humans.

  13. barriejohn says:

    @leftwingwilly: It’s been known for years that “reward works better than punishment”, and is one of the first things that I learnt as a trainee teacher in the 1960s!

    http://www.simplypsychology.org/operant-conditioning.html

    There are many problems with using punishment, such as:

    Punished behavior is not forgotten, it’s suppressed – behavior returns when punishment is no longer present.

    Causes increased aggression – shows that aggression is a way to cope with problems.

    Creates fear that can generalize to undesirable behaviors, e.g., fear of school.

    Does not necessarily guide toward desired behavior – reinforcement tells you what to do, punishment only tells you what not to do.

    However, when did the religously afflicted ever allow the facts to intrude upon their blissful fantasy?

  14. barriejohn says:

    The above comment refers mainly to the work of B. F. Skinner (much of it with dogs), but the role of conditioning had been discovered by Pavlov a hundred years previously!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Pavlov

  15. Raul Miller says:

    Can someone please let the f@#*ing stupid and sadistic Christians know that the “rod” is not for bludgeoning the bloody sheep into submission; it’s to guide the sheep and help them stay on a safe path. They don’t even understand their own f@#%ing metaphor.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Raul Miller: I’m afraid I can’t agree with you.

    http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=7&article=1255

    “Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.” (Proverbs 23:13-14).