A Hawaii dad was sentenced to a year of probation and a $200 fine for making his son walk a mile home from school.
Robert Demond had picked his son up from school and questioned him about some kind of trouble the child had reportedly gotten in. When his son refused to answer his questions, Demond told him to walk “about a mile” home to think about his actions, according to Kilauea paper The Garden Island.
The son’s age is not clear, according to the Associated Press.
Demond was found guilty of one misdemeanor charge for endangering the welfare of a child.
Judge Kathleen Watanabe said the decision was “old school” and not appropriate. In addition to the probation and fine, she ordered Demond to attend a parenting class. Watanabe said that child predators and traffic make the long walk home along the highway too dangerous in today’s society.
His attorney, Margaret Hanson, pointed out that the defendant posed no risk to the community and had no criminal history. Demond pleaded no contest, and said he will handle the situation differently from here on out. But he also said that he did not find the punishment criminal or morally wrong, and that it had been common when he had been growing up.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gary Nelson agreed that while the punishment was not appropriate, Demond did not inflict it out of anger.
The judge granted the motion to have the charge expunged from Demond’s record after he completes probation.