This is a result of U.S. law being based on compromise. The legislature, especially in places like Utah, has been reluctant to stand up against the old "spare the rod, spoil the child" mentality. Instead, we count on people knowing how to beat their kids discreetly.
If these poor children had been girls instead of boys, I wonder if the police would have been a little more sympathetic to the harm being done.
Like a spent gladiator
crawling in the colosseum dust
who can count on his remaining limbs
all the people he can trust.
Like the one who stands behind him
cheering him on
Estatic when he stands defiant,
wild with abandon when he's gone
just stay alive.
do whatever you need to.
you are worth it.