Let the belts swing

Let’s call this opinions piece – The importance of whupping your child.

I know there are going to be people out there who disagree with me. But people it’s time that we start beating our children.

It’s time that we ask our legislators, who are paid with our tax dollars, to legally allow parents to beat their kids.

I was in awe at the magnitude of the California wildfires like many other people. News reports showed people piling in to the Qualcomm Stadium.

A scene reminiscent of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, but not anywhere close.

According to USA Today as of Nov. 9, the region’s fires directly killed nine people, destroyed about 2,200 homes and burned more than 500,000 acres. Seven other deaths involving evacuees fleeing the blazes have been indirectly linked to the fires.

In a recent New York Times article I stumbled upon something quite disturbing, and the reason for my most recent conviction: children should be beaten.

It reported that a 10-year-old boy caused one of the wildfires- the Buckweed fire, which started in Agua Dulce, a rural community in south L.A. The fire injured three people, destroyed 21 homes and 22 other buildings and wrecked approximately 38,000 acres of land.

The little boy was playing with matches, started the fire. He and his parents “frantically tried to beat down with towels.”

Had it been me who started the fire, I would have received the beating – not the flames.

Why was this boy playing with matches anyway?

I’m sure he wasn’t preparing an afternoon meal. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as far as I know, doesn’t require heat.

Where were his parents?

I’m sure they knew this kid was up to no good. His neighbors weren’t quite fond of him. They thought he was a “troubled child.” In fact, one neighbor recalled having her horses repeatedly stoned by this little boy.

When he stoned those horses, he should have been beaten and made to clean up some horse manure. That would have set him straight.

Why are some parents afraid of disciplining their children? Why not use that power and do everybody a favor? There is nothing wrong with punishing a child for wrongdoing, because that’s how most learn right and wrong.

I’m not advocating child abuse, (so put down that hot iron because you will go to prison). Some parents can get away with a mean stare to keep children in check. But others only respond to a firm hand.

Whatever works for you, do it. But for Pete’s sake can we just beat those kids?

Jhenelle Johnson is a junior newspaper student from Miramar. She can be reached at famuanopinions@hotmail.com.