(Trench’s note: I’m an idiot. I an unwittingly assigned the same story to both Amanda and Catalina. This is not the first time I’ve done this. Rather than waste Catalina’s time I am now posting her version of the story. My apologies to the writers and readers.)
(Special thanks to Catalina for the post)
Many of you with Facebook accounts are probably aware of the nauseating video posted of an 11-year-old boy’s severe and abusive punishment for getting involved in gang activity. It’s a good thing the three “adults” involved were stupid and bold enough to show off their corporal punishment skills to Facebook, because now they’re facing several child abuse charges in Flint, Michigan.
The boy’s mother (I’m using that term loosely), Demitria Latrion Powell (28) and his god-mother (more like monster-mother), Uteas Michelle Taylor (42) spent a torturous six minutes berating and beating the child while Taylor’s boyfriend, Stefon Tirrell Felton (40) recorded the incident.
The video began with the boy’s mother dramatically yelling at him, and after she ordered him to say his name, she slapped him across the face for not saying it loudly enough to her liking. The boy was told to bend over and grab onto the arms of a chair, before Taylor began whipping him over 60 times in full force with a belt. The child appeared to be in extreme pain, and was barely able to stand up toward the end, as his knees would buckle after the strikes.
Others were in the room to witness the humiliation, and disturbingly, an infant was visible in the background in full view of the abuse.
As the video got reposted a multitude of times before being taken down, some Facebook commenters said the punishment was justified, as being in a gang would result in a life far worse for the child. Sorry, I just don’t buy that. I do understand that in some twisted way, maybe the adults were trying to keep him in line and away from leading life as a thug, but their execution of discipline was simply beyond reasonable. It crossed over into being sick and needlessly cruel.
What pisses me off the most is that aside from food, oxygen, and water, children just really need love and guidance. Feel free to call me a smelly hippie, but I think that if this young boy had been raised right from the get-go, he probably wouldn’t have felt a need to associate with a gang, and wouldn’t have had to go through the humiliating, soul-crushing, public beating.
I hope he grows up knowing that life doesn’t have to be full of pain, and that what was done to him was wrong.
Thanks to Brenda for the tip.