Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Justified or Not? Single Mom Flogs Young Daughter With Belt

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A single mother from Trinidad and Tobago shared on Facebook a video of herself whipping her 12-year-old daughter with a belt. The young girl had been sharing semi-nude pictures of herself on Facebook and had begun to receive messages from boys urging her to have sex.

The mother felt it was suitable to punish the girl and post the video on Facebook to warn off the young girl's admirers. The video has since gone viral, sparking a conversation about corporal punishment. Watch the video and share where you stand on violent punishment for children.

Helen Bartlett, a mother of four from Point Fortin, has since said she does not regret beating the girl the way she did and is prepared to go to jail to set her wayward young daughter on the right path. She said since their father left them, the young girl has been unmanageable and she's scared the girl will either end up pregnant or killed.

Mother and daughter have reconciled since the punishment with the daughter saying the beating shows the mother loves her.


  1. I just think most things should be kept private. There was no need for her to video herself punishing her daughter and ther was certainly no need to post it online.
    I believe in corporal punishment but there is a line between that and child abuse which should NOT be crossed. She loves her daughter and had to nip that behaviour in the bud.

  2. It was the mum's fault in the first place. What was a 12 yr old doing with unrestricted access to the Internet. Me, good old books will do until a certain age when they really need to. We like making statements about how the world is changing and how our children are computer age kids, but that is absolute rubbish. Yes computers for learning, Internet...until I deem it fit!
    That video was unnecessary, thankfully her face was not shown. That could leave an indelible mark on her esteem

  3. I also don't understand why she had to put the video on the net. Punish your daughter and ground her from using the computer. What else?!


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