Video of mother beating daughter for missing curfew goes viral

Video of mother beating daughter for missing curfew goes viral
The mother holding a tree branch in her right hand, while beating on her teen daughter who is on the floor.
The mother holding a tree branch in her right hand, while beating on her teen daughter who is on the floor.
The mother holding a tree branch in her right hand, while beating on her teen daughter who is on the floor.

A disturbing video that shows a mother beating her teenage daughter has gone viral.

The video is alleged to have been taken in Saint Lucia and was posted on the St. Lucians Aiming For Progress (SLAP) page.

It is alleged that the teen girl was expected to return home early, but did not obey her mother’s rule.

A large number of persons have since expressed their views on the matter.

One person said, “You guys may not be forward thinking enough to not want to abuse your children and you may call it tough love, but there must be better enforcement of the laws.”

“There should be educational seminars for young mothers. There has to be an agency that makes sure people like this get the punishment they deserve.”

Another person said, “My grandmother helped raise me. She only would hit me a handful of times, but not like that. Never like that. My god. I fear for the children of the people commenting to say that its OK.”

Woman rights activist Felicia Browne said: “Corporal punishment should be banned- within the homes, schools and by the State. The State should ensure that the Children’s act is upheld. Violence or brute force ought not be used on children.”

Someone else said, “Frustration can cause a lot. Sometimes she must be talking to her daughter but she never listens. Finally she passes some blows, only to hear mommy: “I will listen, mommy I will listen.”

 

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  1. Women need to control their rage, this is going to far, this is not discipline, its CHILD ABUSE!!!

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  2. Uuumm mommy, she still going to do it again, might not be a couple months or a yr after but she will do it again, kids find ways around things, who knows next time whatever she did she just might do it before curfew :/

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  3. To think that its wrong to discipline a child using this method is debateable, but some children cause pressure to build up on their parents. The everyday struggles that parents go through although the children are aware they add no ease to their parents, but only adding onto that burden. Before some of cause all social services, or think that its inappropriate of abuse, think about the possibilities of what would happen to this child if she was just allowed to roam, do as she pleased, back in the day it was never called abuse but a mere fact of disciplining a child onto their wrong doings. Majority of children in today's society are heavily influenced by social media, the follow all the up coming trends, challenges, "experiences" they see, as it relates to the saying " monkey see monkey do' children on the whole imitate what the see or what they're friends do just to fit in society. The only wrong doing is that the video was posted onto social media, and the child may be ridiculed in time coming. This isn't abuse but the poor mother may have been faced with so many challenges, and it doesn't make it easier having a delinquent child or children

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  4. You are judging the woman based on one video, how do you know this was not the end of her tether, the end of her patience and the end of her "alternative methods". ANOYONE and I mean ANYONE who is a parent that has never thought to themselves "If I raise my hand toward (childs name) I will not stop." or "I have tried everything and now what am I supposed to do, they do not listen, they do not..." You all make your judgments, you all sit on your perch and say "I would never" but what do you know of this persons life, what do you know of the cultural customs, what do you know of this child's general behavior? .... NOTHING. Was it excessive?... possibly... do I know the circumstances as to what caused a reaction like this other than the video caption?.... No... Do I know these people personally?... No... Do I know the mother?.... No...
    What I can tell you though, is in this video, I see a distressed mother at her wits end with a delinquent teenager. I see her not having anything else to resort to than "well if nothing else has worked, what else can I do?"... I see a woman that has tried everything. ANY parent will tell you this... ANY parent can see this, just because you have never behaved in this manner to your child, because their behavior stand point, "they know better because otherwise they know I will..." ... you will what exactly? Smack them... Take their phones away... Take something of theirs away... Kick them out.... What will you do? And let me ask you this... What would you do if your 16 year old daughter was frolicking around at late hours of the night with a boy? With you not knowing what they were getting up to? What images would go through your mind if your child is out at all hours of the night in a place where there is a high crime rate?.... What panicked decision would you make out of relief and frustration?... Ask yourself that when your children reach the age where they are hanging around people YOU do not know.

    Judge less and take a step back. It is what is wrong with the world.

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    • What you are advocating is tolerance of the intolerable – child abuse. Let’s not forget the person on the receiving end is the child and not the mother. I empathise with the child. I do not care a jot for sensitivity that couches inhumanity neither do I care for shame that robs people of horse sense!
      Like you, I am making judgement based on what I see, and my own experience of having been disciplined in a similar manner – be it fifty years ago! The video highlighted that cruel attitudes towards children are still alive and kicking!

      Fifty years ago, my mother would have continued to discipline with ‘rage’ had there not been consequences. Thank God, as a St Lucian abroad, all children were protected whatever their cultural backgrounds. I was fortunate the social services intervened when I was a teenager. A social worker supported my family and I was able to be a young person, do within reason what young people do - go out, socialise with friends. As part of an agreement, I could attend a youth club once a week and return by 10 pm. Even under the gaze of social workers my mother had a punitive mentality. Just once, I was five minutes late, she locked me out to teach me who the boss was. Then she played a hit record, ‘I hear you knocking but you can’t come in’ over and over again. No amount of pleading would have opened that door! I had no choice but to sleep outside the door, on the stone ground, exposed to the elements and open to abuse by any passers-by. Her behaviour was ironic, given that she feared I would be engaging in sex. What I want to point out is that physical abuse changed instead to emotional abuse. A child presenting bruises and cuts would be incriminating, whereas emotional abuse very really has visible scars, but is equally harming.

      Still, I cannot fathom my mother’s behaviour but it would not be surprise that my freedom as an adolescent evoked jealousy in her. Not all mothers look on their daughters’ independence and growing maturity with pride. Although my own childhood was marred by much cruelty which left indelible marks, I recognised that I was not immune to ‘rage’. It was education, counselling and learning parental skills that equipped me to behave differently from my mother.

      By no means am I an exceptional parent. However, my children learned to be good judges of character so I was not worried about their choice of friends. I trusted them to do the right thing. Was I concerned for their welfare when they are out late? Yes. It comes with the territory - parents worry! But it was my responsibility to keep my worry under wraps. As best as I could, I had given them strategies to be safe.

      There is a history of dysfunctional child rearing practice in St Lucia and amongst some St Lucians. This is a thorny subject that needs to be exposed, discussed and changed. Everybody taking a ‘step back’ is not progressive. It is the mother rightly who should take a step back and reflect on the impact her ineffective, disciplinary practice has on her child.