Via Rawstory we learn of a Little League coach taking dubious advice from a Bible-based child-rearing book. Jonathan Shawn Russell was in court in North Carolina accused of spanking his players, ages 8 and 9 at the time. The book’s called Shepherding a Child’s Heart, written by Pastor Tedd Tripp and:
He read a passage from the book aloud on the stand that said, “If you fail to spank, you don’t take God seriously and don’t love your child enough.”
One of the children told his mother he was spanked for saying “dang it.”
He also admitted to spanking his own kids, but that’s not the issue here.
Arrest warrants obtained by the paper [Citizen Times] say he was accused of “pulling down child victim’s pants and his underwear and spanking him on his buttocks multiple times with his hands.”
The assaults happened in 2014 and 2015.
He gets 60 days in jail for this and 18 months probation prohibiting him from being alone with any children for any reason under the age of 18.
I wonder if this goes for time with his kids, too. Seems like it should.
From the original article:
When Russell took the stand, he told the families of those he abused he was wrong after allegations surfaced and was charged by authorities.
“I recognized the misapplication in the sense that these weren’t my children and this wasn’t my place,” he said. “I never tried to hide it from their parents, but I didn’t have their permission either.
“I’m sorry,” he continued. “I want to seek forgiveness … I understand the affect it has had on everyone and from the bottom of my heart I did not mean to do any damage.”
Russell’s actions would not have been illegal had he been given permission for the spankings by parents of the boys, Newman said.
Alarming last sentence there.