Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Skeptical of Relationship involving Corporal Punishment

Haleigh would not give investigators specifics about the events surrounding her injury. She only said that the Stricklands used corporal punishment regularly during her childhood.


The above quote comes from an article from FoxNews about a girl who has arisen from a vegitative state of consciousness and communicated with officers about physical abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her adoptive mother and step father.

While the article states that the girl "would not give investigators specifics about the events surrounding her injury", the JOURNALIST COMBINES this fact with the statement that "She only said that the Stricklands used CORPORAL PUNISHMENT REGULARLY during her childhood. [CAPS, my emphasis]

By joining these two statements together, (which on one level both address what the girl was willing to communicate) tends to raise the question if not make the suggest that corporal punishment is related to or the cause of the physical abuse. I'm skeptical of whether corporal punishment (especially if referring to that which is biblical in nature) results or resulted in a girl in a vegetative state.

This is either poor journalism, or a journalist with an agenda.

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