There is no doubt people use a variety of techniques when it comes to parenting. Recently, a video has come to light of a mother in southwest China who apparently tied her young son to a scooter with rope and dragged him along.
Although this seemed quite harsh to a few, the mother claims she was punishing her son for being naughty as she pushed her scooter through the streets.
When an onlooker who was watching this shocking punishment figures out what's happening, he tries to stop the mother from abusing her son. But she shrugs it off, saying she had been doing this for days and continues to do so.
To no one’s surprise, the young boy cried out loudly because his hands were tied together and he was being dragged along the ground by the scooter.
His mother can be seen on the driver’s seat, mercilessly pushing the scooter forward. She was stopped and asked what she was doing by an onlooker who then drove past.
In the video, the mother justified this act by saying the boy was "too naughty" and that she was just teaching him how to behave. She then goes on to state that she is after all the boy’s mother and had been doing the same thing from the last two to three days.
A female voice in the video can be heard commenting that this act of cruelty would not be implemented by a stepmother, let alone the real mother of the child.
The narrator commented that the boy cried as his mother dragged him along with her scooter and when a bystander tried to stop her, she told him to mind his own business.
The narrator also goes on to say that video was shot in Zhaotang, in China’s Yunnan province.
Ludian Police released a statement on Jan. 16, saying that someone reported around $300 missing from their residence, in accordance with a report in the Beijing News. The police also confirmed that the boy has confessed to having taken the money.
According to the police report, the mother said she tried to make her son understand that what he did was unethical and illegal. But when the young boy didn’t learn from his mistake, his mother decided to punish him further, resulting in him being tied to the scooter.
On Jan. 17, Wednesday, the mother again used ropes to tie her son to a scooter and dragged him behind it, reported Beijing News.
Ludian Police, after an investigation said the mother had realized that educating her child in such a cruel manner is not justified. They also reported that the boy was unharmed and safe.
But, this isn’t the first time that something like this has happened in Zhaotong.
Last year, in July, a similar case was reported when a father tied his son to the back of his motorcycle and then dragged him naked through the streets of the city, reported South China Morning Post. His crime was stealing $15 and spending the previous night playing outside and then skipping school the next day.