Meghan - posted on 06/14/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )
Found this on another debating forum...
FORT MYERS, FL -- A Fort Myers mother is under fire for the way she disciplined her 5-year-old son in public. She is calling it tough love but some people who witnessed it were moved to tears, calling it way too harsh for a child that young.
The woman had her son arrested outside a 7-11 store in LeHigh Acres to teach him a lesson about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters.
Her friend, a 15-year veteran Lee county sheriff's deputy, played along in the mock arrest and handcuffed the child and put him in the back of a cruiser. Horrified witnesses couldn't believe their eyes. One woman said, "That's not a way to treat a child, that's not a way to teach a lesson to a little boy."
The mother, who is only identified as "Michelle" stands by her decision saying, "I'd do it again. If more parents did what I did we wouldn't have the crime that we have now".
What do you think? Did this mom make the right move or was her discipline too harsh?