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Paulinem

let the court decide the outcome of this case ..its in cases like this I am glad we do have justice system that looks at all points of the situation and decides the outcome justly to all concerned.

When I initially heard about this problem from another blog site which painted the situation a much different way ..as a mother of five grown kids I felt this sounded like a situation where a family mediator would be handy in a private conference ..

I understand teenagers can get to you at times and bring out the worst in you.

George

At 16 this kid should be cut loose from all family support. Then the police can undertake his care. And the courts. And the prison service. And the taxpayer.

Remember it takes a village to raise a child

Chuck Bird

I think BB should decide what she want s to achieve. Does she want to convince everyone including the Court that she is 100% truthful and that her son is a habitual liar or does she hope someday to re-establish some sort of relationship with her son?

If she continues to publicly put down her son the change of her establishing any sort of relationship with her son will be a lot more difficult.

She states in the Herald, “She said her daughter, who she described as my perfect little angel", was nothing like her two brothers and rarely needed disciplining.”

I hope by discipline she does not mean physical discipline. I strongly oppose Bradford’s bill. However, if after her experience this woman so much as lays a finger on her daughter she has very real problems.

Fletch

It probably did her son's behaviour no good being away from his family for so long at wherever he was being cared for by CYFS.

After the 'riding crop' incident, he was seen to be more well behaved at school and doing much better.

It's partly CYFS and the Govts fault for keeping him away from home for so long that his behaviour deteriorated.

Pascal's bookie

Fletch, from what I understand this is a different son from the one in the riding crop incident.

We'll see what comes out in court I guess, but to headline this post as what REALLY happened is a bit silly, this woman is hardly an impartial observer of the facts, and I see no reason to privilege her version of events over other eye witnesses/participants.

peter

The whole point of the story is to be found in the first sentence. Here is a 16 year old son who lives with a very violent father.

I assume the father's violence is not purely directed at butterflies.

Here is a family reaping as it has sowed. It is an argument against violence of parents, not against it.

Own goal, Ian.

peter

The whole point of the story is to be found in the first sentence. Here is a 16 year old son who lives with a very violent father.

I assume the father's violence is not purely directed at butterflies.

Here is a family reaping as it has sowed. It is an argument AGAINST violence of parents, not FOR it.

Own goal, Ian.

Chuck Bird

Peter, how do you know the father is violent let alone very violent?

peter

It was the second sentence from BB:

"He lives with his very violent father, and had been holidaying with us."

If this violent 16 year old has been living with his Dad - then that explains why he too is violent.

Chuck Bird

Peter, with respect you did not answer the question. I too can read. How do you know the father was violent? Have you ever met him?

Matthew

Hi Peter,

the father is divorced from the mother. If his father is violent, then he is likely to be violent towards his mother. That is not the mother's fault.

Chuck Bird

Matthew, you have missed the point like Peter. The father is alleged to be violent. Maybe if he choose to go public he might have a different story. He might claim the mother is violent.

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