TV ONE’s Seven Sharp hired actors to play out a scene at a park where a “naughty” child was seen to be “hit” by their mother. No children were actually hit.
Onlookers didn’t know that the scene was staged and despite smacking being against the law since 2007, no one stepped in while the cameras were rolling.
“The thing is it’s happening everywhere. Why should I vilify someone who is obviously struggling,” said one person.
“I didn’t feel like it was my place to intervene actually,” said another.