Did your teenage child go to a party without your permission? Send her to her room ... to fetch the armor, then make her fight you with a wooden sword as her (medieval) punishment!
That's what one Seattle, Washington, father did:
According to police, the teen was forced her to dress in armor and fight Fremon Seay with a wooden sword for two hours. Police also said Seay punched and beat his stepdaughter with a tree branch prior to the duel. Investigators said she collapsed from exhaustion.
The couple told officers they punished the teen for going to a party without their permission.
Investigators learned the couple is part of a group of Renaissance enthusiasts, who recreate fights from the medieval era.
Officers said the parents told them it was their right to discipline their child however they see fit.
Child abuse or effective use of medieval-style punishment for today's rebellious youth?
I'd say I disagree with the apparent punching with a stick? The article says that happened before the duel. But she wore padding and armor for the fighting bit. I see this as no worse than a good spanking. Only as a step father to a teenage girl he couldn't just give her a spanking so he did the next best thing. Personally I think kids are walking all over adults anymore. Get in trouble for spanking your kids... I was spanked with a belt if I disobeyed or talked back to an adult. But now all you see are thuggy little kids with no respect. Bring back the paddle. :P