May 17, 2022

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PH Proprietress Calls For Stiffer Penalty For Child Assault

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Edith CHUKU

Mrs. Emilia Chiamaka Nnadi, a school proprietress in the oil rich Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has condemned beating of children, both in schools and at home, urging security operatives to come up with stiffer penalties for anyone caught assaulting a child.
According to her, flogging a child in this 21st century yields no result, rather, makes them more hardened and fearless.

She said “I have warned the teachers in my school, anyone I catch using cane on any child in my school will not only get fired, I will personal arrest that person. I told them, in fact, cane is not allowed in the classroom, they use ruler as pointer.
“This is because flogging a child, to me, is assault and it doesn’t change them. You beat a child for doing this, a child of about two, three, four years, for doing something wrong, that child rolls on the ground, crying, in fact shouting like you have killed him or her. Less than five minutes after, he repeats what you just flogged him for, or even do worse.

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“I am not saying children should not be disciplined, no, I am saying that the era of beating and flogging no longer works now. Children of this 21st century don’t fear cane, you flog and beat until they get used to it and become hardened.
“I have seen where a 9-year old boy, here in my neighbourhood, gave his sister a cut with the knife, the father became infuriated and started flogging him heartlessly, do you know that though this child was crying, but, he didn’t allow the blood that was coming out of his body to touch the ground?

“While the dad was flogging him angrily, blood started coming out, not much though, this little child was licking his blood. You might flog a child and the child just dies, or the cane goes into his eyes. We can’t rule out how very annoying these children can be. But let’s think of better ways to discipline them than punish.”
She further condemned the action of one Mr. Stephen Ebong, a father of four who was arrested by the Rivers State Police Command for allegedly battering and tying up his eleven-year-old first son in Fimie Community in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.

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The proprietress appreciated the neighbours for raising alarm, and the State Response Team on Violence Against Women and Children in conjunction with the State Ministry of Women Affairs, for promptly responding and alerting the Police, who arrested him. Mrs. Emilia Chiamaka Nnadi, a school proprietress in the oil rich Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has condemned beating of children, both in schools and at home, urging security operatives to come up with stiffer penalties for anyone caught assaulting a child.
According to her, flogging a child in this 21st century yields no result, rather, makes them more hardened and fearless.

She said “I have warned the teachers in my school, anyone I catch using cane on any child in my school will not only get fired, I will personal arrest that person. I told them, in fact, cane is not allowed in the classroom, they use ruler as pointer.
“This is because flogging a child, to me, is assault and it doesn’t change them. You beat a child for doing this, a child of about two, three, four years, for doing something wrong, that child rolls on the ground, crying, in fact shouting like you have killed him or her. Less than five minutes after, he repeats what you just flogged him for, or even do worse.

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“I am not saying children should not be disciplined, no, I am saying that the era of beating and flogging no longer works now. Children of this 21st century don’t fear cane, you flog and beat until they get used to it and become hardened.
“I have seen where a 9-year old boy, here in my neighbourhood, gave his sister a cut with the knife, the father became infuriated and started flogging him heartlessly, do you know that though this child was crying, but, he didn’t allow the blood that was coming out of his body to touch the ground?

“While the dad was flogging him angrily, blood started coming out, not much though, this little child was licking his blood. You might flog a child and the child just dies, or the cane goes into his eyes. We can’t rule out how very annoying these children can be. But let’s think of better ways to discipline them than punish.”
She further condemned the action of one Mr. Stephen Ebong, a father of four who was arrested by the Rivers State Police Command for allegedly battering and tying up his eleven-year-old first son in Fimie Community in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.

The proprietress appreciated the neighbours for raising alarm, and the State Response Team on Violence Against Women and Children in conjunction with the State Ministry of Women Affairs, for promptly responding and alerting the Police, who arrested him.

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