Yesterday I posted a video of Mike Tang, the dad sentenced to 56 days’ labor for making his son walk home a mile to teach him not to slack off on his homework. Some of you have asked if there’s a way to contribute to Mike’s defense fund. Here is what he wrote:
Thanks. I am at this point, refusing a lawyer, and all donations. It’s not a matter of how much the fine is, or the cost of the lawyer, as much as the notion that it shouldn’t come to this..If the fine was 2 cents and 10 minutes of community service, I still would not pay it. If all Americans had to hire a lawyer to defend each little parenting decision such as spanking or forcing a kid to clean up his room, there would be no victory for the parents, only for lawyers..If I can show the cops and county that I can win (or die trying) without a lawyer, perhaps that might knock some sense into them next time they try to pull something like this..–Mike.
P.S. Another thing I’d like to address, if I could, to the many people who ask: “Well, what would he feel if something DID happen to the kid?” My response would be:.“I’d be just as sorry and remorseful as if I drove him somewhere and got in a car accident, or if I dropped him off at school and he was injured at a school shooting. But that certainly doesn’t make driving him in a car or dropping him off at school dangerous or illegal.”