When this Australian mother picked up her young daughter from an extracurricular group, she was shocked to learn that her child had been ‘slapped’ by an adult volunteer.
The event was supervised by a group of parent leaders, who were there to keep an eye on the children.
However, when the woman came to collect her daughter, her child said that a man had slapped her on the bottom and another mum confirmed her story.
‘I have never smacked my children. I don’t believe in adults hitting kids. I don’t think it’s right, and I’ve read the research that says it’s bad for kids in the long-term,’ the anonymous woman told Mamamia.
She confronted the man and said that he was wrong to slap her daughter. He responded by staring at the ground, as if he was acknowledging that his actions were wrong.
Following this, another parent leader told the woman that the man would be asked to not return to the group.
While her daughter felt guilty about this, her mother told her that no matter what, the man should not have slapped her.
‘To me, that was it. It was over. Sorted. I felt glad that the incident was taken seriously and action was taken so quickly – that this man, who probably didn’t have the right temperament to work with kids, was removed,’ she said.
A few days later, someone from the group rang the woman to officially apologise and ask if she wanted to press criminal charges.
Upon reflection, the woman decided to leave the matter and not press charges as she thought that the matter had already been dealt with effectively.
‘He’d been removed from the role, and he would have to live with that shame. I didn’t want to bring charges against him, and maybe have him end up with a criminal record,’ the woman said.
While we know everyone parents different, and he may believe this is OK. Surely you would not think it was OK to discipline someone elses child that way, especially in that situation?
What would you do?
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