Let this be a warning to others

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter in response to the four-paragraph write up I merited in the Catskill Mountain News police blotter back in May.

The report said I “abused” my grandson and hit him in the head.
First of all, if anyone thinks like I do; when the read the word “abuse” it gives the connotation of extreme physical bodily harm or sexual assault (not a slap in the face).

Second, I neither physically nor sexually assaulted him. I slapped his mouth for talking back; missed his mouth and caught him on the right cheek hard enough to leave a bruise.
It was the police investigator that said this qualifies as abuse.

I love my grandchildren very much and I do everything with them. At least I did until this happened.
Never would I have imagined in my worst nightmare, ever thought I would end up being arrested. It was surreal. One of the most horrific experiences I’ve ever had in my life. But that isn’t the end of it.
An order of protection was issued against me for a six-month term.

Also, because of this incident, I was disfellowshipped from the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which means I can no longer call myself a Jehovah’s Witness. And, because the woman I have taken care of for the last six years is one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, she fired me. Also, because of the order of protection, my grandson accompanies his mother to the Kingdon Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I am not allowed to go to the Kingdon Hall.

So, was slapping my grandson for talking back worth all of this? No.
Let this be a warning for all of you who may have a mouthy 12-year-old boy. Before you think about slapping his disrespectful-mouth, just keep me in mind and remember that his slap in the mouth may not end up half as bad as what you may get for you punishment.

Cheryl A. Myers,
Fleischmanns