In 2003, 16 year old Hilary Adams set up a video camera in anticipation of the brutal beating she was about to receive. The cause? The innocent act of downloading films and computer games. In the video, William Adams is witnessed beating Hilary with a belt, and yelling curse words at her, while Hilary’s mother tells her to “take it like a woman”.
The video was not released until last month, 7 years after the incident had occurred. Mr. Williams physically abused his daughter but the controversial aspect of this incident is that he is a public figure who denounces this type of behavior
Since 2001, Williams has been a Judge in Texas for Child Abuse. As a middle class father, public figure, and Aransas County Court at Law judge, Adams has been highly judged and criticized for his actions, as he rightly should have. Judge Adams is a hypocrite for implementing punishment on those who abuse of their children, yet he himself is going against the laws he defends, and brutally beating his own daughter for what seems to be such a petty wrongdoing. I do not believe that he should be judged for beating his daughter, because as a parent he has the right to discipline his daughter however he wants to. However, because judge Adams crossed the line from physically disciplining, to abusing his daughter, many feel Mr. Adams should be punished
Child abuse is often confused with the term discipline, an endless and controversial debate, especially in the United States, where the clashing of cultures augments the dispute. While I am an American, my Hispanic heritage offers a different perspective on the issue. In my family, an appropriate form of discipline is to receive beating for disrespectful remarks or rebellious attitudes. While others may find this harsh, it was considered a form of tough love. However, there exist many different views and perspectives on how to discipline children, and whether beating children is acceptable, or not.
The American Humane Society has a page...