I was reading the r/offbeat subreddit a few hours ago. I noticed that reddit was hopping all over the story of Texas Judge William Adams – who repeatedly beat his 16 year old daughter with a belt in a disturbing videotape.
I clicked through to the story and I saw so many comments like this:
I really wish I could click on Report abuse and CPS would show up at these people’s houses, looking for signs of being beaten with a Bible Belt. This is way beyond ‘spanking’ and ‘smacking’ a disrespectful child. This was a thrashing – from a person who is often presiding over similar cases of abuse. This was a man who regularly lost his temper like that towards a 16 year old.
But now his ‘fans’ and supporters are coming out and desperately trying to make this reprehensible behavior sound socially acceptable. They are failing hard. It’s good to see that so many people are calling these rogue parents out in the comments section.
If you see parents sticking up for the Judge on your Facebook page in the next few days… I’ll let you complete that thought.
Here’s the original video below the fold (disturbing):
Much of the clip in the CNN story wasn’t aired, but there’s a decent summary:
Dallas (CNN) – A woman who launched a firestorm by posting a 2004 video of her father, a Texas judge, beating her on the Internet said Thursday that violence was a regular occurrence in her family home.
“It did happen regularly, for a period of time, and I could tell, because of the pattern, that things were escalating again,” Hillary Adams, now 23, said on NBC’s “Today.” She said she left her video camera on her dresser recording and covered its light with a scarf in order to capture the video.
Her father, Aransas County, Texas, Court-At-Law Judge William Adams, faces a police investigation and a judicial probe after the graphic video surfaced of him striking his then-16-year-old daughter repeatedly while cursing at her and berating her.
On Wednesday afternoon, William Adams was temporarily relieved of his duties for the next two weeks, and a visiting judge will take over his caseload while the matter is being investigated, according to the office of Aransas County Administrative Judge Burt Mills.
No court dates were scheduled this week, Mills’ office said.
In an interview with KZTV outside his Rockport, Texas, home Wednesday, Adams confirmed to a reporter that he was the man beating his daughter with a belt and a board on the video.
“She’s mad because I’ve ordered her to bring the car back, in a nutshell, but yeah, that’s me. I lost my temper,” Adams told the station. “Her mother was there, she wasn’t hurt … it was a long time ago … I really don’t want to get into this right now because as you can see my life’s been made very difficult over this child.”