Mom Forces Son to Kill Pet Hamster Because of Bad Grade

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Every parent has their own style of disciplining their child. None is right or wrong. But we can probably all agree the alleged actions of a Georgia mother are just plain wrong -- she is accused of forcing her son to kill his pet hamster, all because he received a bad grade in school.

According to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the 12-year-old boy came home with a bad grade last week. Police say as punishment, Lynn Middlebrooks Geter handed the boy a hammer, and told him to kill the hamster.

The day after he was forced to kill his pet, the child told his teacher, Meriwether County Sheriff Steve Whitlock told the AJC. The teacher notified child protective services, which called police. Geter was arrested at her home last Friday. The 38-year-old Geter faces one charge each of animal cruelty, child cruelty and battery.

Geter's husband, Brad Geter, decline to comment on the incident when the newspaper reached him by phone the night of his wife's arrest.