Fla sheriff says parents ‘afraid’ to discipline kids, urges return to ‘old school’ tactics like knuckle wraps with ruler

(Video: Fox News)

While liberals everywhere resort to blaming the tool used to commit atrocities like the one in Uvalde, Texas, one Florida sheriff is calling for a return to “old school” and suggested the best way to root out evil could be learned from a nun.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno drew attention for the arrest of a 10-year-old boy who was charged with making a written threat in a text message stating he intended to conduct a mass shooting at his school in Cape Coral, Florida. The sheriff joined “Fox & Friends” Tuesday where he explained to co-host Steve Doocy that parents have been conditioned into being “afraid to discipline their kids.”

“When I was growing up, the nun hit you with a ruler, a wooden ruler. You understood what was right and wrong,” Marceno explained. “And today what do we do? Society says, well if your parent disciplines you and there’s any kind of abuse, come forward so we can report your parent.”

“So parents are afraid,” he lamented, “they’re afraid to discipline their kids. Let’s get back to the old school.”

Doocy had asked about the arrest of the 10-year-old suspect and Marceno explained the importance of taking threats seriously. He detailed how his team had not hesitated to respond in communicating the alleged threat to their Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division, and that they used every resource at their disposal to act before another tragedy could take place.

“It’s simple for me. I’m going to do it every single time,” the sheriff stated. “It’s consistent. My message is consistent. No matter what age. If a 10-year-old, 12-year-old, 18-year-old presses a trigger, the aftermath is the same.”

Following the arrest, Marceno had said, “Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent. It’s not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.”

The Fox News co-host brought up that campaign promoted by the sheriff who detailed the importance of parents establishing where the lines were that should not be crossed. “Sit your child down and explain, cause we know children make mistakes,” he acknowledged, “but we need the parents and guardians to sit down and tell them, ‘fake threat, real consequence,’ and here we are today. We need to get back to the old school.”

As with corporal punishment dished out by nuns as he grew up, Marceno expressed that the best way to stem the tide of violence was to stop the behavior before it got out of hand. Children are meant to be parented, not negotiated with.

“When I was growing up,” the sheriff offered, “my parents just looked at me and I knew all bets were off. We need to get back to the old school and hold people accountable.”

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