The man accused of hitting a toddler on a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta no longer has a job.
Al Haase, president and CEO of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group, said Joe Rickey Hundley was not with the company as of Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported Haase called the alleged behavior of the former company executive during a personal trip "disturbing."
Hundley, 60, of Hayden, ID, was charged with simple assault of 19-month-old Jonah Bennett after the Feb. 8 flight. The todler's is black; his adopted parents are white. The boy's mother, 33-year-old Jessica Bennett, said Hundley smelled of alcohol and "told her to shut that (N-word) baby up," court records showed. She told KARE Hundley made another racial slur and slapped the todler, scratching him below his right eye. She credited other passengers with coming to her aid and giving them another seat on the plane.
Hundley's employer initially suspended him after hearing of the alleged incident. A company spokesman would not say whether he resigned or was fired, only that the allegations were contradictory to the company's values. Hundley's attorney said he plans to plead not guilty and asked the public not to rush to judgment, according to CNN.
1-Usually if the parent is present, then the parent is left to do the disciplining.
2-The disciplining is out of love and corrective, usually addressing the violation of a familial or social value.
3-The disciplining party is sober and acting on principle.
4-The disciplining party is viewed as a member of our family or tight-knit community and not a total stranger, especially if the discipline is corporal.
5-The punishment must suit the crime.
I understand times have changed, unfortunately the need for disciplining children remains a cultural necessity. It is part of the human becoming. But in the above story none of the aforementioned elements of disciplining loved ones is applicable.
1-A parent was present and handling the situation.
2-The disciplining party acted out of frustration—his peace was being disturbed.
3-The disciplining party was inebriated.
4-The disciplining party was a total stranger.
5-Slapping a toddler in the face for crying is inappropriate and unacceptable. Toddlers cry.
An additional things make this incident especially heinous: The repeated racial slurs.
What should have happened was the child's adopted mother should have opened up a large can of whip-ass with the attitude, “How dare you put your hands on my son” and “How dare you hurl racial insults at my child!”
Should Mr Hundley have been fired, I don't know? If there are legal grounds for it then he should have been. If he violated company policy, sure. In a litigious society like America, he might be able to beat the case. But he broke the law and should definitely see some jail time for assault, a hate-crime, and a few other charges. A year is not long enough.
And he should have got that can he deserved and I'm not talking about a beer. Apparently he already had some of those cans and they helped, along with his racism, to get him into this mess.
Obama said that these types of people cling to their alcohol and guns. He forgot to mention their racism. It's a good thing this time he only had his racism and alcohol. Who knows what he might have done if he had his gun too.