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Father Arrested And Loses Custody of Son After Boxing Video

A Virginia father has been arrested following the release of a viral video that depicts the man boxing with his son as a form of discipline.

Tavis Sellers, who identified himself as TaDigs Ditches on Facebook, turned himself in to Prince William County Police early Friday morning at around 12:30 a.m. Sellers was charged with domestic assault and battery and was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

The child was also removed from the home, while the state investigates the case. The father said he was disciplining his child while teaching him how to defend himself at the same time. Some saw the video as a great way to discipline the older teen, while others thought the bloodiness of his punishment made it way over-the-top.

Psychologist, Dr. Linda McGhee, called the video disturbing.

“It’s not really teaching him a lesson except the lesson is humiliation,” said Dr. Linda McGhee, a clinical psychologist. “He’s teaching a boy that you solve your problems by fighting it out with your fists. At no other place can you do that at your job or school. And second of all, it’s not making a boy feel good about himself. It’s humiliation.”

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  • Pamela Small

    WOW!!!!! The man obviously loves his kid… would you rather no lessons be taught and the kid grow to be a lil punk? and it is rare to see black men in general in their children’s lives and this is how you treat them? WOW just WOW!!!!

    • Kato Leonard

      You think it’s rare for black men to be in their children’s lives? Dear God do you even know any black people or do you just listen to what people on tv tell you? You racists are sooooo uninformed and annoying.

      • Pamela Small

        well if you bothered to even look my husband is black !!! so do not go pulling the racist card …it is people like you that give black men a bad name!! let me guess you have no clue right?? because all your baby’s mommas are taking care and disciplining yours… oooh i see now trying so hard to put white people down ahhh…

      • Pamela Small

        and the only annoying one is boys like you who have no clue of how to be in a kids life!!! oooh let me guess it’s because of us white people right ?? clueless ingrate !!

      • Pamela Small

        And yes where i am from it is a proven fact that a majority of black men are not in there children’s lives do some research, instead of calling people racist and looking like a retard.. and i did not say all of them either it is rare for men in general after breakups to bother with the kids … blacks , whites , chinese , mexicans ….I see it all the time i was a social worker in the county i live in so yes seen first hand not on tv jackass….

    • Kato Leonard

      You think it’s rare for black men to be in their children’s lives? Dear God do you even know any black people or do you just listen to what people on tv tell you? You racists are sooooo uninformed and annoying.

  • FrenchVanilla

    The nut needs to be institutionalized!

  • Heather

    It looks like they box all the time anyway… Drew a little blood but it helps to teach him to cover his face… 17 years old I love the boxing idea… They both had gloves on… Great job Dad…

  • Mutale

    Data from a federal survey does not support your statement that black fathers are absent from their children’s lives. In fact they are the most present….
    http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/03/12/the-assumptions-behind-obamas-initiative/its-a-myth-that-black-fathers-are-absent