A Ft. Worth, Texas, woman has been arrested for beating her teenage son with an electrical cord after walking in on him having sex with another man.
Erica Moore of Forest Hill maintains she didn’t do anything wrong: She just walked in on her 15-year-old son receiving consensual oral sex from a male cousin and did what any reasonable parent would—grabbed the nearest appliance and whipped him with the power cord.
“My cousin at the time he was 18. My son he was 15, and I had walked in the room on [my cousin] giving oral sex to my son and I started whooping my son. And I’m the one who got in trouble as a result of me whooping him,” she said.
“When I walked in I saw my son, it was just disgusting to me, the way he was looking and my cousin was looking, and my cousin immediately ran out the door. And I’m just like what the?!? You know, is you serious? So that was my reaction because it disgusted me…
“The police department told me that it was consensual, but they was committing a homosexual act in my house and we are totally against that. So I whooped my son and about three or four months later they came and arrested me for abuse,” she recalled.
Moore says beating your children with an electrical cord is an old family tradition. We’re not sure if causing bleeding and leaving welts on the thighs, forearms, hands, torso and back like she did is part of that tradition.
Most disturbing is Moore’s claim that the arresting officer told her he empathized with her, and probably would have gone further
He told me out of his own mouth, ‘If it was me and I walked in on my child,’ he said, ‘parent to parent I probably would have shot him. I probably would have shot both of them.’ He said but with the law you can’t, you’re not allowed to put whoops on him. He said you can whoop him but you’re not allowed to leave any marks on him,” she said.
Moore maintains “they was committing a homosexual act in my house and we are totally against that,” but insisted she’d have given a similar beatdown to a daughter caught having sex.
She’s been charged with assault with bodily injury to a family member, but maintains she was acting within her rights as a parent. “How was I supposed to react to it? I supposed to just let it go? No! We was taught to discipline our kids and we whoop our kids.”
And they worry gay parents will mess up children.