A thirty year old mother of six, named Schaquqna Spears was arrested for hitting her sons, aged 10,12 and 13, with a belt which left cuts and visible injuries on them.
The son reported his mom to the authorities who came to the house, arrested Spears for child abuse and took all her 6 children from her. Her kids are 13, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 2 years old.
After they spoke to Spears, the authorities learned that she had punished her children after finding out they had broken into a house on their street.
Spears said she ran to her house after her neighbor told her that she had seen her kids burglarizing their other neighbor’s home. She left work and ran home where she saw her children and some of their friends with properties they had stolen. The friends ran out of the house but Spears was able to whip her sons with a belt and made them return the properties.
She said she hit them as they were moving and running away.
“I was being a mother who loves her kids, who wants to protect her kids, and steer them in the right direction. I reacted and I’m the bad guy, it’s not right. I’d rather discipline my kids than for them to be beaten in the street, caught in someone’s home murdered, or in someone’s prison and me having to visit,” Spears said
Spears added that she is a good mum who sent all her children to great schools and they are all in honor rolls.
She said their father is in prison and she didn’t want her children to end up there as well.
Her arrest has sparked a heated debate in the US about parenting and corporal punishment, as several people have said she should be commended and not condemned.
Even Lisa Nicholson, the 45-year-old neighbor who said it was her house that was burglarized by Spears’ children, said she thought the single mother of six should be commended, not arrested.
“If it was me,” she said, “I’m gonna beat you before I let the cops kill you. I’m gonna do what I have to do. I’m not gonna let (my children) steal and kill and do all of that. I’m not gonna let them fall victim to the streets.” she said
Spears bail was posted by a Good Samaritan who saw the viral video of her interview. She is also currently being represented pro-bono by a lawyer.
Watch the emotional video below.