RE: Parents chain “mischievous” 10-year-old boy in backyard

Dear Editor,

What a horrible story. Nothing justifies chaining up a 10-year-old boy, even if their parents were under enormous emotional strain due to the child’s behaviour.

What’s important to establish is whether the boy has a natural behavioural problem and be provided with specialist treatment, or whether his bad behaviour has been caused by bad parenting, in which case his parents need treatment too!

Joana Guerreiro
By email