There is a story in Woy Magazine that involves a Haitian father whose 14 year old son quickly realized that in the United States rules were lax and loose compared to back home. The boy had been neglecting his homework and taking money from his parents. The father badly beat him as a way of discipline. From his cultural point of view he was following the ways of his country. This father’s goal is for his children to be polite, gentle, obedient and civil but research show that children who are reared with corporal punishment are more likely to be aggressive and less successful in US (Grogan-Kaylor, 2005; Straus & Yodanis, 1996). The son however called 911 resulting in his father’s arrest. After the court proceedings had resolved the family took a vacation to visit family in Haiti. Upon landing in the airport, the father whipped his son with a leather strap and two days later the family returned to New York leaving the boy in Haiti with relative (Dugger, 1996). This cultural practice is unacceptable behavior in the United States. So the boy is left in Haiti, the law there is not the same in the States.
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