A boy got caught stealing money in school
When I was ten years old a boy was asked to take some money to the principals office. Apparently he didn't give the principal all of the money so when the boy was searched the missing money was found on him.
They took the boy to the office and they called his parents at work. The boys father left work to come to the school.
The boy was sent to class and told to apologize to the entire classroom which he did.
His father proceeded to slap him and slap him and slap him. The boy was crying obviously and his face was cherry red for obvious reasons. The father kept on slapping the s*** out of him.
The father then left to go back to work leaving the semi hysterical boy at school. The teacher said nothing.
The next day the kid was walking funny and a guy who lived in his neighborhood said that the whole suburb could hear the screams of the boys parents and the sounds of hard blows across his face and his buttocks.
The boy had bruises al over his face and arms and I suppose all over his body.
The class reaction and my own reaction to this was shock. We actually shared the boys pain and here I am an adult and I feel his punishment should have been far less severe and fare less visible to the other students and the people in his neighborhood.
Punishment for stealing is the right thing to do but wasn't these beatings and injuries going too far?