Quick post to let you know that, yes, we saw the article(s) about the Ohio father who made his daughter walk 5 miles as punishment for bullying and yes, we've seen you all post that screenshot to this sub 54687312 times.
We'd like to thank you for being involved in our community and posting hot topics here as you find them, but have decided against allowing the various (re)posts from various sources on this subreddit.
Instead, have your discussion here.
We'd like to inquire to your opinion on this: child abuse or adequate punishment?
As always, please keep the conversation civil. Any ill wishes on the father will be removed, repeated offenders banned. We are here to raise awareness for child abuse, motivate others to report the abuse they see and to discuss what is and isn't child abuse. We are NOT here to wish death on parents who made a "bad" parenting choice if it's within the legal bounds of parenting, and walking five miles is legally not considered child abuse.
Here are some resources to read up on:
Some things to consider:
Her walk was 5 miles, which is 8 km, which for a 10 year old child will take 2-3 hours to walk.
It was 2 °C, which is 36 °F. Note that the child was adequately clothed.
She was not left unattended. Her father was driving behind her all the way.
The goal of this subreddit is NOT to glorify child abuse - it is quite the contrary. We call out people being casual about abusing their children and raise awareness of these things, with the intent that, if our visitors see it in the wild (e.g. a Facebook friend or something), that they would recognise it as being ABUSE even if the person is being casual about it, and that they would raise alarm bells with the authorities rather than just scroll past.
You know the kind of parents: they choose not to vaccinate their kid, they have them drink their own pee, they'll use pyramid scheme products on them while they are allergic, that sort of thing. They'll brag about these things on social media like they are actually something doing good.
They are casual about it.
In no way, shape or form is ANY sort of abuse acceptable. What makes it casual abuse, though, is that the parents seem to be really open about it, posting it to social media and in general just casually mention it like it's the most normal thing on earth.
If you find one of these casual abusers in the wild (e.g. on social media), please think about the child and report them to the authorities. This could be Child Protective Services, or even the emergency services and the police when the child is in immediate danger.