Many people would agree that physical punishment by a parent, as long as it is not severe, is necessary for a child's wrongdoing. Others would argue that parents should not use violence or public shaming to discipline their kids. There are many various methods and strategies parents use to discipline their children, yet they all have the same goals: teaching the kids to know right from wrong and showing them what is and isn't acceptable behavior. Parents should not enforce violence and harsh punishment when they are disciplining their children. However one after another, many stories are published on the media about tragic endings after kids received extreme punishments from their parents.
The most recent was updated on June 5, 2015 by Nina Golgowski, about a thirteen-year-old girl named Izabel Laxamana, who jumped off a bridge after her dad recorded a humiliating video of cutting off his daughter's hair as punishment. According to New York Daily News, after the dad's friend posted the shaming video to the public, Izabel committed suicide by getting out of the car and jumping from a highway overpass, landing on Interstate 5. The result of his actions pushed his own daughter to commit suicide. The father's method of punishment was wrong and inappropriate. Cutting off his daughter's hair and sending a video of it to his friend, emotionally abused her. Izabel's death should be something that all parents need to consider about. Punishments should have limits because going too far could cause great damage to your child, like death.
Recent studies show that kids raised with harsh discipline tend to feel depressed and anger, which can lead to suicides like in Laxamana case. It makes children believe that a part of them isn't accepted and that their parents aren't there to help them manage difficult feelings. According to Meredith Engel in Shame Parenting Goes Too Far, Expert Say, the public disciplinary was originally used for pets.