A South Florida woman was arrested on Oct. 6 on an aggravated child abuse charge after police said she beat her son with a belt and punched him in the face over his poor report card.
Detectives in Pembroke Pines, Florida, said that the boy went to see a guidance counselor after he showed up to school with his left eye badly bruised.
Sarah Dennis, 25, allegedly struck her 12-year-old son when he came home with three F's on his report card, according to WPLG Local 10 News.
According to the police report, Dennis told her son to go to his bedroom and to strip down to his underwear after she saw the grades. The boy said that she beat him on the back, buttocks and head with a belt and then punched him in the left eye three or four times with a closed fist.
The boy said his mother used to “just spank” him, but then as he grew older, she started using the belt and her fists under the assumption that he could handle more pain.
The boy's younger brother, age 11, said he was also beaten with a belt for getting bad grades. He said he did not witness his mother beating his brother, but corroborated the older brother's comment about Dennis frequently using a belt or her fists, according to the police report.
Dennis denied the charges, saying that she was under the impression her son had gotten a black eye during a fist fight at school, reports Palm Beach Post.
Similar cases of beatings arising from bad grades have occurred around the U.S. on several occasions over the last few years.
In 2014, a Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested for beating a teenage relative over bad grades and behavior and now faces up to six years in prison, according to LA Times.
In a different case from February 2015, a woman from Sanford, Florida, was arrested for beating her 8-year-old girl 10 times with a belt after the child received "plain" faces instead of "smiley" ones on her progress report, reports News 96.5.