Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Another reason to vote "yes"


New Zealand Herald: Man convicted for breaking son's leg

A man whose kick broke his three-year-old son's leg was convicted when he appeared in Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Otto Lereiti Misivila, 51, had admitted kicking out at his son with a socked foot to halt boisterous play with his one-year-old daughter.

From the rest of the story, it is clear that Misivila did not intend to cause grievous bodily harm. But that's what happens when you use physical violence against children, and why we should vote to retain the ban.