Shuswap parents guilty of assault for daughter sexting punishment
SALMON ARM – The parents of a 14-year-old girl who used a used a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope to spank their daughter have been convicted of assault with a weapon.
In the incident two years ago, the Salmon Arm couple were punishing the girl for sending nude photos to her boyfriend.
Instead of being grounded, the teen chose the spanking.
Her father used a mini hockey stick two or three times on his daughter’s buttocks over her pyjama pants and when her mother came home she hit her with a skipping rope.
When the girl went to school with lacerations and bruises, her friends told administrators, who called police.
The judge found the teen could not have consented to such a punishment given the amount of force applied, the use of weapons and seriousness of the assault.
The judge acknowledged that any parent would be concerned if their child posted nude photos online but he also found that the punishment was punitive and degrading rather than educational.
The parents will be sentenced in March.
(The Canadian Press)