Sarah Dennis

Sarah Dennis

While corporal punishment may still be a highly debated method of parenting, there’s no arguing the way a Pembroke Pines, FL, mom beat her 12-year-old son when he brought home bad grades two weeks ago is justified.

Three Fs on a report card is what caused Sarah Dennis to reportedly make her eldest son strip down to his underwear, beat him with a belt on his back and butt, and punch him several times in the left eye with a closed fist. After being reported for having a black eye at school, the boy was forced to talk to a guidance counselor whom he confided in about the incident. When speaking to police, he said he hell to the floor as a result of the pain of his mother’s blows.

The boy’s 11-year-old brother who was also in the home at the time of the incident reportedly brought home bad grades as well. He told police he was sent to his room where he was beaten with a belt across his backside but that was it.

Dennis was subsequently arrested and charged with child abuse based on the boys’ stories. The 25-year-old mother denied punching her 12-year-old son, and said she believed her son’s black eye was the result of a fight at school — one she didn’t report or inquire as to how it happened.

As a result of her pending case, Dennis is now only allowed to see her three children during supervised visits. A judge told Dennis during an appearance on Wednesday that it could be a while before she gains custody of her kids again. Thats probably for the best.

Image Credit: Broward’s Sheriff Office/NBC Miami

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  • Mary Burrell

    I hope the kids don’t have kids and repeat the vicious cycle

  • _a_

    I disagree with people saying that she should attend parenting classes. There should be no need for that as she should never get her kids back.

    • RaiseTheBar

      Her ACTIONS are those of a 12yr old bully in a 25yr old body. She EXISTED what she knew. NEEDED is Court mandated on-going Therapies including Parenting Skills — not to regain custody of her children – but as part of her Healing PROCESS and to EDUCATE her that she was not PARENTING her off-spring.

      EDUCATION makes for more WARRIORS against the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline.

    • _a_


  • Wow! She had a child at 13? This is why parenting should be mandatory for individuals especially children. How can you know what is acceptable and what is not? Why are you surprised at their grades now when every school should have on-line portals so you can check your children’s grades more frequently. I know it is hard raising children, but dang this is child abuse. Your boys should know that your hands are used for loving them not beating the crap out of them.