While the video clearly depicts a case of child abuse, many social media users defended the practice of spanking children.
A disturbing video of a man violently spanking a little boy and yelling at a young girl has gone viral on social media, leaving the eternally divided Twitterverse debating on the merits and demerits of physical discipline. The video in question was first posted on Twitter by user 6th Kazekage who—going by their caption—appeared to be leaning in favor of spanking. "'Sit your ass down!'" the user wrote, quoting the man in the video. "I definitely remember these days," they added, along with a number of 'face with tears of joy' emojis.
The 8-second-long video shows a man—believed to be the children's grandfather—having laid the young boy on his stomach over a folding chair, furiously smacking the child's bottom repeatedly. He then forcefully picks the boy back up and plops him straight in the chair before turning to the little girl seated next to him. "Sit your a** down," he menacingly tells the girl with a finger pointed at her. The young girl could be briefly heard crying in protest before the video ends. While this incident—which appears to have taken place in public—is clearly a case of child abuse, many social media users didn't seem to think so.
In fact, many commented that they'd received spankings much worse in their childhood. Mannnnnnn that’s light compared to how we got our ass whip shiddddddd, tweeted RIP Nip/Kobe/GiGi. These parents now are trying to be friends to their kids smh. Just don't get in the way when I'm disciplining my child cause you will be next, tweeted Foster. Listen there is a difference between DISCIPLINE & ABUSE! We don’t know the full context bc per usual twitter only gets the tail end of events. If you don’t have kids or have never had to baby sit/work with children who do not listen you will never understand!! justified KenzKorner.
Meanwhile, many pointed out that simply because most people share a common history of physical discipline in their youth and lived to tell the tale, it doesn't mean the practice is any less problematic. This isn’t about race, this is outright gross. And the fact he felt the need to yell at the girl while she’s sitting there to keep on sitting, he’s acting like he lost power of them & he had to physically beat them for them to listen, not healthy, tweeted nya. Abuse and assault aren't ok because you share genetic material. If this was his wife, no one would be defending this. If this was a stranger, no one would be defending this, commented Kylo-Ren Faire.
If you cant discipline your kids without hitting them then your the one with the problem not the child— Caro (@DamnFicca) July 28, 2020
Imagine having to put your hands on your kid because you’re frustrated with them.. sounds like abuse to me— chabelita ♡ (@is4bell4l4) July 28, 2020
I don’t care what NO ONE SAYS, the statistics are on my side when I say BEATING YOUR CHILD IS NOT OKAY!!! ITS NOT OKAY FOR THEIR EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, OR BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT!!!!— A Negro Woman. (@RonyBeverly) July 27, 2020
Just here to remind you that if you say your parents hit you and you turned out okay, you're definitely not okay. No okay person justifies violence against children, no matter the degree. You have issues— Ivy Copper (@IvoryCopper) July 28, 2020
The divide in opinion here isn't surprising as, according to The Atlantic, about 81% of Americans believe spanking is appropriate. The American Academy of Pediatrics, on the other hand, has been warning against the practice for years. A 2007 UN convention also made a case against corporal punishment as it violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which protects children from "all forms of physical or mental violence," and said that it should be banned in all contexts. Studies have found that it leads to academic and health problems, as well as aggressive behavior as adults.
as someone who has survived abusive corporal punishment from my parents who come from a culture where this is deeply normalized, i assure you that this is bad parenting and children do not deserve this kind of abuse— 새우깡 🦐 heiress *️⃣ (@h2osommelier) July 29, 2020
"Spanking is punishment, and punishment doesn't work," said University of Texas researcher Jeff Temple. "We know it with rats, we know it with humans. But if you can connect with a kid when they're doing something right, they're more likely to do that again in the future." Although—as a father himself—Temple knows this is difficult to adhere to, he believes it is possible to do even in the most difficult situation. "If a kid is having a temper tantrum and throwing things, and then next time they have a tantrum but don't throw anything, say 'I'm really glad you didn't throw anything,'" he said.