Monday, 29 October 2007

FI - 298

29 October 2007 - Family Integrity #298 -- School dobs mum to CYF for hand smack


If you haven't already read the latest of how ordinary parents are being victiminsed by the re-write of Section 59, here is a wee excerpt plus link to the article. Below that is Swedish lawyer Ruby Harrold-Claesson's response.


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if Section59 is repealed - or replaced...

-----Ursprungligt meddelande-----
Från: Barbara Smith []
Skickat: den 28 oktober 2007 04:10
Till: Ruby Harrold-Claesson;
Ämne: School dobs mum to CYF for hand smack

School dobs mum to CYF for hand smack
By RUTH LAUGESEN - Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 28 October 2007

A Wellington mother says her family has been left traumatised by new anti-smacking laws, after her son's school reported her to Child, Youth and Family for smacking him on the hand.

"I don't want to feel like a child abuser, and I don't want to be labelled as a child abuser because I smacked my son," she said. "It's brought a lot of trauma to our family unit and unnecessary stress."

Read more here:

-----Original Message-----
From: Ruby Harrold-Claesson
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 5:03 AM
Subject: SV: School dobs mum to CYF for hand smack

Dear All,

I'm not surprised at all. This is just the beginning. In Sweden we have 7000 reports of child abuse per year and that figure jumped 14 percent in February. Cases like this one was exactly what I warned NZ for when I visited in July of last year - I had the verdicts to prove it - but the law-makers refused to listen.

To quote from Family Integrity: if Section59 is repealed - or replaced... YOU CAN KISS YOUR CHILDREN GOODBYE.

Also, good quotation from the Stuff article:
"The mother said she had not previously been involved in Family First and had had some sympathy with Sue Bradford's anti-smacking bill, "not thinking that it would affect us on a personal level"." Let those who sympathised with Bradford feel the brunt of it. Who did she expect would be affected, other people's families? Isn't it typically psychopathic not to be able to empathize with others, but only to recognise one's own suffering?

By the way, was the govt. minister who was seen smacking his child ever prosecuted? I think he should have been prosecuted.

Have the NZ media picked up the article about the British govt. U-turn as yet? You know, one can always count on the British to have a common sense approach, which is totally lacking in Sweden and obviously also in NZ.

All the best to you and yours. Hope you all had a pleasant weekend.


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