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NC Mother Instructs Son to Flog His Brother with Belt to 'Beat the Gay Away' — VIDEO


Mary Gowans, a maother in Whiteville, North Carolina, is facing misedemeanor child abuse charges after she directed her 12-year-old son to beat his 15-year-old brother with a belt in order to "beat the gay away", WNEM reports:

According to the report, a 15-year-old said his mother, Mary Gowans, had his 12-year-old brother strike him repeatedly, and he was not allowed to fight back. She then reportedly made the teen strip down to his underwear, and proceeded to strike him with a belt across his body.

Police say there was a large abrasion on the 15-year-old's back.

Gowans, however, says the allegations aren't true. She said her son was intoxicated when he reported the incident to police, and that although she doesn't agree with the gay lifestyle, she would never harm her children. According to Gowans, her 15-year-old son has been visiting a gay man, whom she heard had molested him.

Gowans claims she was trying to protect her son by beating him.



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  1. hey lady - put your buybull down, education goes a LONG it!!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Aug 28, 2013 8:59:39 AM

  2. If her son had been touched by an older man, then she needed to contact the police and file a statutory rape report. I realize it's the South, though, and black folk trust the police not at all down there (or anywhere).

    Getting her 12 year old to beat her 15 year old sounds very old school rural. Where's daddy at?

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 28, 2013 9:12:49 AM

  3. "She said ... she would never harm her children." She was "trying to protect her son by beating him."

    Statements very frequently made by abusers. They genuinely believe they are acting in the best interests of their victims, and cannot understand the harm they cause. Almost a textbook illustration of the psychotic mindset.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Aug 28, 2013 9:21:25 AM

  4. Oops, meant to say sociopath.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Aug 28, 2013 9:21:50 AM

  5. She was probably a victim of child abuse, her 11 year old will grow up and abuse his children. Sad to say it's a learned behavior - like a genetic trait.

    Posted by: MIke | Aug 28, 2013 9:50:43 AM

  6. For whatever reason, many 'poor' rural southerners [black and white] are obsessed with wuppin', which means not a mild spanking you'd give to a small child to get his or her attention and focus, but to literally beat with a belt or some other object. Add to this the prominence of evangelicals and pentecostals and you have yourself a deadly mix.

    I'm not saying this type of attitude doesn't exist among people elsewhere, but it's especially prominent 'down south', and in the north among black Americans with strong cultural connections to the south. Some people will say it all dates from the times of slavery, etc., but it isn't just southern black people and it in my opinion has more to do with the influence of evangelical protestantism and how everything is a sin, and how 'respect' especially for 'elders' has to be beaten into you.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 28, 2013 10:24:38 AM

  7. Hey that's my local new station! And Gavin is our local gay news anchor. Did not realize that happened. I have accepted living in the South is just one messed up thing after the next. You adapt, but this is just ridiculous. What is it with people in my state wanting to beat the gay out of people or wrangle them up in a fenced in area and starve us to death. Maybe I should move. At least Wilmington is one of the more tolerant places in the state, percentage wise. OK, my random train of thought is complete. :P

    Posted by: ucepitus | Aug 28, 2013 10:33:49 AM

  8. It's certainly that with a mother like that it's a pure miracle he didn't become a serial killer. Better is a foster care, soon he will be 18.

    Posted by: lukebrux | Aug 28, 2013 10:35:11 AM

  9. What Century are these people living in?!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Aug 28, 2013 10:37:45 AM

  10. I'd like her son to grab that belt and beat the stupid out of her!

    Posted by: Frank | Aug 28, 2013 10:40:28 AM

  11. Well, beeyotch, either you beat him or you didn't. Which one is it?

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 28, 2013 10:41:17 AM

  12. this makes me so sad and angry, how do you "protect" someone by beating them or having them beat??!?!?

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 28, 2013 10:50:07 AM

  13. That barbaric Nazi whore.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 28, 2013 11:00:52 AM

  14. Ignorance is no excuse...there's no love when you're willing to hurt someone. I love the fact that she says she wouldn't harm her children, so she has her younger son do it. What a witch.

    Again, this situation reminds me of the film that was done about 20 years or so ago, where the filmmaker went to a prison to talk with people who were put away for killing or severly assaulting gay people. They inevitably all said the same thing--they thought they were doing right and that society would applaud them and not put them in prison. Their thinking was so warped and sociopathic. No compassion or empathy.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 28, 2013 11:16:43 AM

  15. I hope she also took his secret ring that has the secret blade to secretly cut someone when shaking hands to secretly transfer HIV.*

    *citation: Pat Robertson, Towelroad, 8/27/13

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Aug 28, 2013 12:52:19 PM

  16. I don't know, drunk 15 year old that's whoring around with older gay guy comes home and gets a beating hardly sounds like something to make excuses for either side for, much less pick a side.

    I'd give my 15 year old a good belting too if he came home drunk and was screwing around with an older guy.

    And those of you who are all about calling the cops and bringing the entire small town focus into your private lives are no more fit to raise a kid than you think she is.

    Posted by: Meah | Aug 28, 2013 1:55:58 PM

  17. Meah: Well, in that case you don't seem fit to raise a child either

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 28, 2013 2:42:17 PM

  18. How about we flog HER with a belt to beat the stupid away?

    Posted by: Mary | Aug 28, 2013 2:43:54 PM

  19. And the F'n Christians go on about "Family Vales". The kid would be better raised in a Gay household where he would actually be wanted.

    Choosing your family usually works better than accidental sperm depositors.

    Posted by: Art | Aug 28, 2013 4:46:44 PM

  20. It's a biblical thing. And cause 'blacks' LOVE religion EVERYWHERE....blah.

    But it's always pick and choose isn't it? Do you eat shellfish? Are YOU unwed? etc etc

    I wish one frigging journo would counter these questions back to them cause they will never learn and think they are victims of a liberal propaganda!

    Posted by: Rowan | Aug 28, 2013 5:28:48 PM

  21. The woman is obviously an ignorant fool following her religious indroctination

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 28, 2013 5:44:27 PM

  22. especially bad using a 12 year old to beat his brother. people like this shouldn't have kids as part of her punishment she needs to be prevented from having having any more children .

    Posted by: walter | Aug 28, 2013 5:48:11 PM

  23. Christianity is psychotic. In other news, dogs have fur.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Aug 28, 2013 6:07:25 PM

  24. Heart breaking story. To whom does a 15 year old boy turn when he has a idiot for a mother?

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 28, 2013 8:07:48 PM

  25. What do you expect from someone who doesn't even spell her surname correctly?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 28, 2013 8:26:38 PM

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