In Proverbs 13:24 it reads: "Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them." It does not say anywhere in the Bible, however, "spare the rod and spoil the child."
Suspended for two weeks, a Texas judge, allegedly with a history of abuse, will be suspended while an investigation continues into a video his teenage daughter recorded 7 years ago of him beating her.
Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams allegedly abused his daughter for years, but the incident recorded 7 years ago is the one that has attracted well over 1 million YouTube viewers.
The video shows the judge using a belt to beat his then-16-year-old daughter with several lashes to her legs. The beating took place in the presence of the child’s mother, Hallie Adams.
Hillary Adams, now 23, waited to publish the video because she was afraid of the repercussions on her mother and sister while she still lived in his house, and says that incident was not the first time she had been abused.
In the father’s position as a judge, he had regularly adjudicated child abuse cases. Adams is now the subject of a suspension and investigation after the violent video was posted on the Internet.
According to Hillary, the assault was punishment for downloading video games from the Internet.
Adams admits, in a brief interview with KZTV outside his Rockport, Texas home, that he lost his temper.
"[She's mad because I've ordered her to bring the car back, in a nutshell, but yeah that's me, I lost my temper," Adams said. "Her mother was there, she wasn't hurt. It was a long time ago. I really don't want to get into this right now because as you can see my life's been made very difficult over this child."
Hillary says she hopes her father will now receive anger management counseling.
Hillary Adams' mother is also seen in the video shouting to her daughter, "Turn over like a 16-year-old and take it! Like a grown woman!" She also hits the girl at least once with the belt.
Though Hallie left the marriage four years ago, mother and daughter have now grown close. She reportedly cried when she saw the video of the beating.