Mother Declared Terrorist Threat After Spanking Children on Airplane

225px-frontier_airlines_logoThere is growing concern over the use of the Patriot Act against passengers on air flights. In one case, Tamera Jo Freeman was declared a threat to national security and lost custody of her children after she spanked her children on a Frontier Airlines flight.

The incident occurred in 2007 after Freeman’s children began to quarrel on the flight and spilled her Bloody Mary in her lap. She swatted them on their thighs and then reacted badly when a flight attendant intervened by swearing at her and and tossing the remains of a can of tomato juice on the floor. She was arrested and convicted of a federal felony under the terrorism provisions of the Patriot Act. She spent three months in jail and then pleaded guilty.

It is not a unique case where bad conduct is being treated as a terrorist threat under the Patriot Act. It is an area that should be a priority for Congress in reevaluating the draconian laws and policies under the Bush Administration.

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28 thoughts on “Mother Declared Terrorist Threat After Spanking Children on Airplane”

  1. for all you no spankers under any circumstances out there, you do your children a disservice when you refuse to show them there are consenquences for their actions and that they can sometimes be unpleasant. Sometimes spanking will get the attention of a child when nothing else will. Sometimes that can save the life of the child. Read your bible spare the rod spoil the child. It is not a good thing look at all the violence.

  2. The NON fight attendent should LOSE her NON job for LYING. Mommy and daddy probably slapped her on the wrist when she did wrong so a smack is horrific. If you don’t have 10 witnesses to prove your LIE not only should you automatically LOSE your job, have to reimburse the family for 3x’s their fare and babysit for a year. Bet they would stop making false claims. If there’s really a problem they would have no problem finding the witnesses. Slaps on the wrist don’t do crap look at what a weak little baby who cried wolf they turn out.

  3. Most compelling of all reasons to abandon this worst of all bad habits is the fact that buttock-battering can be unintentional sexual abuse for some children. There is an abundance of educational resources, testimony, documentation, etc available on the subject that can easily be found by doing a little research on “spanking”.

    Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child buttock-battering isn’t a good idea:

    American Academy of Pediatrics,

    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,

    Center For Effective Discipline,

    PsycHealth Ltd Behavioral Health Professionals,

    Churches’ Network For Non-Violence,

    Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu,

    Parenting In Jesus’ Footsteps,

    The LDS Church ( click “quotes on spanking”),

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,

    Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children.

    In 26 countries, child buttock-battering is prohibited by law. In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The US also has the highest incarceration rate. The US states with the highest incidence of child corporal punishment (in schools, etc) also have the highest crime rates.

  4. Child buttock-battering vs. DISCIPLINE:

    Child buttock-battering for the purpose of gaining compliance is nothing more than an inherited bad habit.

    Its a good idea for people to take a look at what they are doing, and learn how to DISCIPLINE instead of hit.

    I think the reason why television shows like “Supernanny” and “Dr. Phil” are so popular is because that is precisely what many (not all) people are trying to do.

    There are several reasons why child buttock-battering isn’t a good idea. Here are some good, quick reads recommended by professionals:

    Plain Talk About Spanking
    by Jordan Riak,

    The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children
    by Tom Johnson,

    by Lesli Taylor M.D. and Adah Maurer Ph.D.

  5. It seems we can be declared a terrorist merely for breathing. That is what scares me. I wonder if our new President realizes how far over board the treatment of USA citizens have become because of an over zealous person in power?

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