Louisiana’s Attorney General and its State Treasurer have condemned the arrest of 30-year-old Schaquana Spears, an ‘awesome mum’ who was arrested this week on charges of child cruelty.
According to this report, State Treasurer John Kennedy defended the single mother of six in a Wednesday letter to the state’s Department of Children and Family Services criticising the arrest.
In biblical times, sparing the rod led to a spoiled child. In modern times, sparing the rod leads to an imprisoned child.
Attorney General Jeff Landry echoed that sentiment in a Friday statement supporting Spears and her parenting tactics.
To be a peaceful and moral society, it is imperative our children learn right from wrong. I am grateful for my loving mother who did not spare the rod to teach this valuable lesson.
Police charged the mom with child cruelty after detectives found deep cuts and bruises on her kids’ bodies. Lacerations on the 13-year-old’s arms had bled, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report said.
Spears was charged with child cruelty on Monday after she tore into them with an electrical cord because they broke into a neighbor’s home.
She said she whipped the three after a neighbor caught them stealing things from a home in Baton Rouge neighborhood.
Spears made the boys, aged 13, 12 and 10 – return the items they stole. Then, she punished them by beating them with the cord.
But Spears insists the beating was a way to teach her boys right from wrong, not an act of abuse.
Spears was released from jail Tuesday after Winter Applewhite, the owner of a bail bond company, heard the mom’s story and used neatly $1,000 of her own cash to free her. Said Applewhite:
I think she was an awesome mom. I think what she did what was right. Had it been my boys, I would have whipped them as well and whipped them again when I got out.
But while Spears is free, the charges are still pending – and her children have been removed from her custody in the interim.
In an emotional interview with local news, Spears repeated her love for her children and pleaded to have them returned to her care. She said that, had she not disciplined them, she feared they might get into bigger trouble as they grew up.