Authorities have charged James Kidwell with child abuse, but some parents say it’s closer to old-school discipline.
As WKYT News reports, the father from Mount Vernon, Kentucky, was arrested on Monday for using strenuous physical activity and other abusive acts as punishments for his children. The alleged abuse occurred between Jan. 24 and Jan. 28.
Kidwell reportedly made his 11-year-old and 13-year-old children do pushups for 30 minutes, resulting in rug burns for one of the children. In addition, Kidwell made the kids stand about two steps from the wall and then lean forward with their forehead against the wall. They would have to hold this position for up to 30 minutes.
There were other punishments as well. Kidwell allegedly forced the children to eat soap, and one child has a sore in his mouth because of that soap. One child also has a bruise on his chest, which police say occurred when Kidwell punched the child.
The punishments were given to the children for talking back and breaking house rules.
However, the idea that all of these punishments were abusive was criticized on Facebook. Multiple people weighed in to say that pushups, even for 30 minutes, shouldn’t be part of a child abuse charge.
While they agreed that punching a child was out of bounds, many commenters saw few issues with the other punishments Kidwell employed.
However, there were those who saw all of Kidwell’s actions as cruel.
Kidwell is currently being held on $10,000 bond.