Wow is this disturbing. A Texas Judge, William Adams was videotaped beating his daughter after she downloaded some music off the Internet. Adams’ daughter, Hillary, uploaded the now seven-year-old video on YouTube where it quickly went viral, no doubt in part to the absolute viciousness of the beating. Here’s the piece that ran on The Today show, and before you watch it, please understand this is a difficult to watch.
Matt Lauer spoke to Hillary Adams who was literally the picture of poise and confidence, humility and even forgiveness. But, and I may catch hell for this, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her mother. Hallie was in the video, talking through clenched teeth at her daughter to “take it like a woman”; she even participated in the beating. To Matt Lauer, she claimed she lived in fear of her now ex-husband and did what he told her to do.
I suppose that could be true, after all she was there. But what did come through loud and clear was her remorse for taking part in the brutal beating, something that was lacking in the interview with Judge Adams.
So he question for debate is, what should happen to the judge? The statute of limitations has expired on this so he can’t face criminal charges. But should he keep his job? And the bigger question, when does a spanking cross the line into abuse?
Weigh in now!