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Man Gets One Year Probation For Making Defiant Son Walk A Mile Home From School

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A father in Hawaii is receiving a punishment himself for punishing his son.

The man, Robert Demond, received a year of probation and a $200 fine for making his son walk a mile home from school to discipline him.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe called Robert's punishment "old-school" and said it was no longer appropriate.

Apparently, he picked up his son from school and asked about a matter that was brought to his attention. The boy, whose age is unknown, wouldn't respond to his father.

So Robert made him walk home to think about what he had done. He said that was a common form of punishment when he was growing up.

The judge said that times are different, child predators and traffic and all.

Robert has to attend a parenting class now because he was convicted of a misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of a minor.

Hopefully next time he'll realize the danger inherent in letting his child walk home alone.

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20 comments to “Man Gets One Year Probation For Making Defiant Son Walk A Mile Home From School”

  1. Beth says – reply to this


    I walked home from school everyday when I was old enough. Depending on the area and the age of the child, walking home can be safe, but it's not an appropriate punishment–especially if they child had never walked home before.

  2. aria says – reply to this


    That is so fucking stupid. I always walked 2 miles home from school, not as a punishment but as daily habit and 4 years ago wasn't a "different time"!!

  3. Michele says – reply to this


    Are you kidding me???? What's next we have inform the court system of the punishment beforehand. This is absolutely ridiculous. Please don't waste my tax dollars on something so stupid. There are children who need protecting from their parents mental and physical abuse. I read this stories of child abuse but the court did nothing about it, but this man is trying to teach his kid a lesson and gets probation.

  4. vvednesday says – reply to this


    This is ridiculous. His son was disrespectful, and I think having to walk home and thinking about his behavior is not only appropriate, but an example of model parenting. This man should be thanked, not punished.

  5. 5

    Walking a mile is no big deal, and a healthy form of punishment - there must be some circumstances that are not mentioned. Was it a five year old walking down a busy highway? Or was it a ten year old in a residential neighborhood?

  6. susan says – reply to this


    a mile isn't even that bad…………..

  7. Heather says – reply to this


    Walking a mile is an inapporpriate punishment? Schools make kids do that every wednesday in P.E. class…

  8. June says – reply to this


    Oh yeah that's right I forgot, there were no child predators "in different times"

  9. 9

    The judge is an idiot. Things haven't "changed". They are simply more exploited and polarized now.

  10. Shannon says – reply to this


    This is ridiculous! My school bus didn't even go to my house because we were right under a mile and I survived walking home everyday. This is a good father with a good punishment. There was no abuse just proper parenting.

  11. Angelica says – reply to this


    You don't know how old the kid is. If he was 5 or 6, this was not an appropriate punishment.

  12. 12

    Of course it depends on the circumstances (the boy's age, location, safety etc) but otherwise I don't see what's the harm in this type of punishment. For lots of people it's perfectly normal to walk a mile home. And you can always get yourself a bicycle if you don't want to walk.

  13. Clairec says – reply to this


    Perez…you AGREE with this? That's ridiculous! Parents are not allowed to parent anymore. The World seems to know better, I guess. Baloney!

  14. peter says – reply to this


    we cant even raise our children the way we want anymore……

  15. denise says – reply to this


    We as a society are so screwed when a judge says that punishment is "Old School." The child wan't being abused, he was being taught a valuable lesson. That's what's wrong with the younger generation these days. We are coddling them way too much.

  16. Rosie says – reply to this


    I grew up in Hawaii. The current rule is that you must live at least one mile away from school to qualify to ride the bus. If the state doesn't think children are capable of walking a mile home from school, they should change this policy.

  17. jackieo says – reply to this


    Considering kids here walk a mile home when they are 6 I think this judge needs parenting class. I know I walked home alone at 8 and no parents were there to greet me for hours. Very strange days we live in. babysitting 12 year olds when I was in school 1 year olds were doing the babysitting

  18. slurpEgirl says – reply to this


    Walking is only a punishment if the kid is overweight and lazy. Should have made him run home. The problem with our obese socoiety is not the parents but the judges who do not raise our children. Stupidity won again.

  19. GennieD says – reply to this


    I want to know who called the police and how did this get before a judge?

  20. Jenn says – reply to this


    Seriously? If you live less than two miles from school you cannot ride the bus. You are expected to walk. That judge was WAY out of line!