Every now and then I come across a blog post that is just so powerful and moving. I read it some time ago but could not get it out of my head. I just had to share Ivan Chew’s story here. There is another link to the story here in case you have trouble with the first one.
I recently talked about corporal punishment in school back in the 70’s when no one considered the damage it might cause. I for one am strongly against it and I think a child’s dignity needs to be preserved. Personally I think there are other better ways. C’mon they are small and defenseless. It might take a lot more time and patience, but there are better ways where the child is not psychologically damaged. I will never understand how someone who hits someone in public will be charged for assault, but there are no such laws protecting children.
But those times were different. It was considered a non issue then. I even witnessed children being caned by their parents in shopping centres and it made me cringe and vow that if I ever became an adult, I would make sure this message, that it is not ok, goes out there. As a child you just feel powerless.
I can totally relate to how important that apology was to him. And you must read the story to know what I’m talking about. You may know him as the rambling librarian on Twitter. I thought it was extremely brave of him to share his experience, and brilliantly written too.