ADHD boy?s mum faces court charge

By DARRYN NUFER

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy smashed all the louvres at his home, was caught stealing wheelchairs from a retirement village, and had been in trouble for bullying and selling cigarettes at school.

On drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and caught up in "a bad crowd'', he refused to go to school one day so his mother took disciplinary action.

Yesterday, she pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to common assault for smacking her son once with a belt.

The court was told the 41-year-old mother of three often used the leather belt to threaten her children, but only ever used it "as a last resort''.

A solicitor for the mother, whose name has been suppressed to protect the boy's identity, said his client loved her son dearly but she was at a stage where she really could not control him.

He said she believed a Government department, which became involved in the matter after police, had let her down.

"She's been trying to keep him on the straight and narrow,'' the solicitor said.

"The department told the boy he doesn't have to do what she says, and that has caused more angst.''

The mother had accessed crisis care and parenting courses.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer was told the mother had subsequently realised it was inappropriate to use such an item to punish a child, before placing her on eight months' probation.



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