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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Misleading and Deceptive Title!

Probably most of you have heard of the toddler who became known as Baby Grace. Her body was found in a plastic container in Galveston Bay about a month ago. Well they have finally identified the little girl and have two suspects in custody, The girls mother and her step-father.

It is a tragic story that is made worse when you see articles like the one found here.

Notice the title: Lawyer: Discipline Lead To Girls Death

When I read that I think to myself how could discipline lead to death??? I have six children and have disciplined all of them including spankings and none of them have ever been close to death. How could this be??

The answer is in the first line of the story, "The stepfather of a 2-year-old girl lost control and beat her to death because she wouldn't say "please" and "yes sir," an attorney for the girl's mother said Wednesday."

It was no discipline that lead to death, but she was beaten to death. Unfortunately too many people want to draw a connection between discipline and beating. They do so in order to undermine the liberty of parents to legitimately discipline their children. This is why the State of Massachusetts is considering legislation banning corporal punishment.

A sentence in the middle of the article gives the actual reason for death. "Trenor said the girl was beaten with leather belts, had her head held underwater in a bathtub and then was thrown across a room, her head slamming into a tile floor."

"Beaten with leather belts", "head held under water in a bathtub", and "thrown across a room, her head slamming into a tile floor" is the cause of death not discipline.

The article goes on to say, "Instead, Zeigler grew increasingly enraged as he spanked Riley and she kept forgetting to do things the way he wanted."

Again the problem is not the disciplining of children but the lack of self-control found in the adults in her life.

Could it be that her step-father was not properly disciplined as a child thus he exhibits no self-control as an adult? Just wondering?

The associated press writer, Liz Austin Peterson begins her article with editorializing in the title and thus creates bias in the minds of her readers in what is supposed to be a news story. Just the fact mam, just the facts!!

I think most of her readers would have been able to discern from the article the cause of death and my guess is that few of them would have concluded it was from discipline.
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