Violence Against Children
“It is only a matter of time before a child gets killed”, a member of the Bet Shemesh police force told me recently.
He was specifically referring to the spate of reports of systemic violence by rebbeim (teachers) against their pupils.
It is still accepted practice, even encouraged, in some religious circles, to “potch” (spank) a child for disciplining purposes.
Unfortunately, this can result in behaviour by teachers which breaks all boundaries of ‘reasonable’ corporal disciplining (if you’ll excuse the expression), and becomes downright thuggery.
The horrific story today of Leiby Kletzky, aged 9, murdered in
, Borough Park NY., allegedly by Levi Aron, re-affirms the Bet Shemesh policeman’s worries.
Of course, know-one yet knows what drove the murderer of Leiby to kill.
But, here in Bet Shemesh, we have been served with a sobering warning.
No more excuses. No more cover-ups. No more harassment of victims. No more protection of perpetrators.
Children must be better protected from abuse, before a child is killed here too.