How to punish grieving parents

How to really teach parents a lesson so they will understand

Is it not possible to think that losing a child, through inattention or carelessness, is a sufficient punishment for life?

A NSW coroner wants a new criminal negligence offence to apply to home swimming pool deaths after investigating eight “preventable” child drownings.

In recommending that the NSW attorney-general consider enacting a new law, Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon referred to the obligation to maintain safe private pools.

More sensible, however, is the Samuel Morris Foundation, which works towards drowning prevention.  They worry that a new law may simple result in criminal charges for parents of drowned children.

Reader RR suggests that this mentality shows a “fundamental heartlessness through self-righeousness”.

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