Mom sparks parenting debate after publicly spanking teen son who stole her BMW

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The mother of a 13-year-old boy who stole her car to go joyriding is making headlines after video was released of the frustrated mom hitting her son with a belt on the side of the road.

Liza Martinez of El Paso, Texas was unaware that her daughter was recording her when she caught her teenage son taking her stolen car to his girlfriend’s house.

Liza Campero recorded her mother as she was out searching for her brother Aaron, who had taken his friends for a joyride in his parent’s car. Aaron was on his way to ask his girlfriend to Homecoming when he was caught by his mother, and told to pull over. In the video Campero readily hands her mother a belt, who then proceeds to whip her son on the side of the road.

Campero with her brother Aaron. Image via YouTube.

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In a video posted to YouTube, Campero writes, “I’m sure y’all understand being the oldest and growing up a certain way and seeing the youngest being brought up totally differently. So handing that belt over was like a pleasure, a rite of passage.”


According to reports, Aaron devised a plan to steal his mother’s car by disconnecting the family’s home WiFi to avoid being caught on his mother’s Google Home Monitor. The teen called his mother while she was at work to say that the weather had broken the signal, then took off in her BMW.

WARNING: This video contains content that may be disturbing for some viewers.

The rebellious teen was outed after his friend’s mother called Martinez. The angry mother then told her daughter to bring a belt and an e-cigarette cartridge to her in the family’s other vehicle.

Video of the punishment has been liked on Twitter more than 144,000 times – and although she’s caught on camera hitting her son, Martinez tells reporters that she’s not embarrassed.

“I pulled right out into traffic next to him,” she said. “He was in one lane. I was in the lane next to him. That’s when I yelled at him to pull over now. I feel that I have a debt to society and my society is to make sure my children are productive, law-abiding citizens.”

Reactions on social media have been supportive for Martinez, with many applauding her resort to violence.

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It is refreshing to see a mother who knows how to use a belt. A liberal would call that child abuse. I call it good parenting. This mom rocks,” writes YouTube user David Odell. 

Campero with her brother Aaron. Image via YouTube.

Good, kids today are so disrespectful and self centered. We need more parents to discipline their kids and teach them that there are consequences for breaking the rules and the law, in this case,” Terry Bruce writes. “He could have killed someone and himself in the process of stealing her car. My parents smacked my brother and I when we got out of line and we both grew up to be very successful, and I love them both very much for all that they gave and sacrificed to give us a good path and role models to follow.”

Campero has since posted a video to her YouTube channel answering questions about the video, and is defending her mother’s actions.

Spanking may sting, but science says it doesn’t work

While many may be applauding this mom for punishing her son, experts agree that physical punishment isn’t impactful — and it could be part of a bigger problem.


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By using violence to punish your child and express anger, you’re instilling the belief that violence is an acceptable means of self-expression, and desensitizing them to your actions.

Studies show that children who received corporal punishment – either by spanking with hands, belt or switch – displayed increased signs of impaired cognitive development, increased aggression, psychological maladjustment and an increased risk of substance abuse.

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