Fourth Estate Staff
Cobb County, GA, United States (4E) – A Georgia mother was arrested and charged with child cruelty after she let her son walk outside of his school naked as a form of punishment.
The woman was identified as Joyce Sweetheart Cole. She was detained on November 1 but was released on the same day after posting a $5,000 bail. The mother, 32, made her son, 11, walk outside his elementary school with no clothes at all.
Sgt . Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department said in a statement that the mother of the child, who is not being named was called in the elementary school where he was attending. Cole was called at the school over a month ago due to a bullying incident that involved her son and a female student. Cole allegedly threatened her son and promised that she would embarrass him if he ever started any kind of trouble in school again.
It was reported that the child did not listen to his mother and committed another trouble. During the morning of Halloween last month, Cole’s son allegedly got into another dispute with the same girl he had trouble with during the first incident. Pierce noted that the girl alleged Cole’s son of kicking her. Cole was then called into a meeting regarding the disciplinary actions to be made over her son. After the second time that her son caused trouble, that was when she let him walk outside of his school naked.
Accordingly, just after the meeting over the disciplinary actions to be imposed, Cole carried out the punishment. He made him remove all of his clothing and let him go outside of her car, which was parked in the parking lot. Pierce added, “The school’s staff, including several teachers, went to the 11-year-old’s aid, trying to clothe and cover him so he could avoid being embarrassed.”
After asking her son to walk outside the school naked, she asked him to get inside the car and they drove off. Allegedly, before they got to their apartment complex, Cole again told her son to get out of the car and walk home naked.
Cole also allegedly struck her son in the head with an open hand while they were walking towards the car in the parking lot. The three children of Cole are being held in state custody due to the alleged incident.
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