Mother: Boy slapped on plane is now a...

Mother: Boy slapped on plane is now apprehensive

There are 3 comments on the Houston Chronicle story from Feb 17, 2013, titled Mother: Boy slapped on plane is now apprehensive. In it, Houston Chronicle reports that:

A Minneapolis woman says her 2-year-old son was traumatized by a man accused of slapping the boy and calling him a racial slur during an Atlanta-bound flight.

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Viewpointer

Eden, NC

#1 Feb 17, 2013
My intuition is throwing up some red flags as far as the reporting angle for this story. Initial reports written about the incident described the victim as an "infant". The story then changed it's direction to describe the victim as a "toddler". This latest incarnation of the story reveals that the child was in fact a two year old.....neither "infant" or "toddler". We as consumers of the published word need to be very mindful of the direction that these writers want to corral us into.
That said, I do not question the occurrence of the incident. I DO, however, question the severity of both the physical and emotional toll it exacted on the child. I also question the mother's motives to "expand" the facts in a litigious society like ours. The story mentions that several fellow passengers were in some way involved in the incident but does not mention any eyewitness account of their description of this incident.
Let me be clear,no stranger has ANY right to physically discipline a child. I think we can all agree here. My contention is in the angle in which this story is presented. Journalists should present the facts in order to inform the public. Each reader is then free to form his/her opinion based on their life experiences and moral compass.
Responder

Toronto, Canada

#2 Feb 18, 2013
Viewpointer wrote:
My intuition is throwing up some red flags as far as the reporting angle for this story. Initial reports written about the incident described the victim as an "infant". The story then changed it's direction to describe the victim as a "toddler". This latest incarnation of the story reveals that the child was in fact a two year old.....neither "infant" or "toddler". We as consumers of the published word need to be very mindful of the direction that these writers want to corral us into.
That said, I do not question the occurrence of the incident. I DO, however, question the severity of both the physical and emotional toll it exacted on the child. I also question the mother's motives to "expand" the facts in a litigious society like ours. The story mentions that several fellow passengers were in some way involved in the incident but does not mention any eyewitness account of their description of this incident.
Let me be clear,no stranger has ANY right to physically discipline a child. I think we can all agree here. My contention is in the angle in which this story is presented. Journalists should present the facts in order to inform the public. Each reader is then free to form his/her opinion based on their life experiences and moral compass.
A two year old is a toddler.
JASPER TUDOR

Sapulpa, OK

#3 Feb 19, 2013
I agree that a two year old is a toddler.

The toddler is of an age that he has no self-control as yet. A two year old is going to cry if he is in pain, is cold, is wet, etc. Any mature adult is aware of this.

Hitting a crying child is NOT going to make the child stop crying. Any fool knows that so anyone who hits a child is only taking out his/her anger and frustration on the child. This is something a bully does. This man would not have hit an adult capable of defending himself. So, he is also a coward in addition to being a bully.

This man, obviously, did not suddenly become an abusive bully while on the plane. Being a bully is his life-style. He obviously did not think there would be consequences to his actions. And, this makes me question just how he treaated his subordinates at work.

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