In a disturbing trend, countries are starting to jail parents for smacking. They started softly-softly like NZ, but as time progresses, they come under pressure from the UN to strictly enforce the ideologically-flawed UNCROC (UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child) – otherwise known as ‘a load of croc”. (Labelled as such because the Convention was never about criminalising parents who raise great kids and may use smacking as a parenting technique.)
In Sweden, a couple was jailed for nine months for using smacking.
According to the court transcripts, the parents “explained that they had used, what they themselves described as spanking, physical punishment as part of their methods for raising the children.” The court heard that the couple had used a hairbrush, a wooden plank or a hand to punish their three eldest children, SVT reported. The father explained that when the children did something wrong they were given a first warning and then a second and if they, for example, carried on cycling in the street without permission, they would then receive a physical punishment.
Sounds like they were parenting in a postive way and certainly non-abusively. This is confirmed in the next statement. We further discovered that the “wooden plank” was actually a wooden school-type ruler that was only used on the bottom, only once at a time, and no welts or bruising or injury. But hey – ‘wooden plank’ sounds far easier to paint the parents as abusive!
The court found that “despite the details of the case at hand” the parents “had a loving and caring relationship to their children“, but that the systematic treatment metered out was in breach of the law and deserving of a custodial sentence.
So the jailing of the parents is not because the kids are at risk or being abused, but simply because of the UN and a political agenda.
The three children at the centre of the case, as well as a younger sibling, have been in care since the preliminary investigation was opened against their parents in the beginning of the summer.
In Canada, the parents of a 14-year-old girl were sentenced each to 10 days in jail plus a $500 fine for using a belt to spank their daughter.
The court was told that the spanking was the result of a confrontation between the parents and the daughter, in ninth grade (13) at the time, over the girl’s admission that she was having sex with her boyfriend. She refused her parents’ request to break off the relationship. Following the spanking, which the girl told the court did not hurt, she reported her parents to a school official who called the police.
….In 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada banned spanking of children under 2 and over 12 and criminalized it at any age with an implement such as the common wooden spoon.
Note that Family First supported an amendment to the smacking law in NZ which outlawed the use of implements and effectively only allowed open hand smacks on the bottom or hand. This was actively supported by the National party via Chester Borrow’s amendment. This would have removed the couple of questionable cases that the original s59 was attacked on.
But these cases show quite clearly that a NZ parent will one day be imprisoned as a result of UN pressure, a badly written anti-smacking law, and arrogant political leadership. We have already been told by lawyers that parents are spending 1-3 nights in prison when being investigated for smacking incidents because bail is not being granted for incidences of so-called ‘family violence’.