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Mother spanked kids, charged as terrorist, and lost custody of kids...

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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Have you heard about the mother who spanked her kids a Frontier flight?  Here's the story...

Story HERE


L.A. Times
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

At least 200 passengers have been convicted of felonies under the Patriot Act, often for behavior involving raised voices and profanity. Some experts say airlines are misusing the law.

Reporting from Los Angeles and Oklahoma City — Tamera Jo Freeman was on a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver in 2007 when her two children began to quarrel over the window shade and then spilled a Bloody Mary into her lap.

She spanked each of them on the thigh with three swats. It was a small incident, but one that in the heightened anxiety after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks would eventually have enormous ramifications for Freeman and her children.

A flight attendant confronted Freeman, who responded by hurling a few profanities and throwing what remained of a can of tomato juice on the floor.

The incident aboard the Frontier flight ultimately led to Freeman’s arrest and conviction for a federal felony defined as an act of terrorism under the Patriot Act, the controversial federal law enacted after the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

“I had no idea I was breaking the law,” said Freeman, 40, who spent three months in jail before pleading guilty.

Freeman is one of at least 200 people on flights who have been convicted under the amended law. In most of the cases, there was no evidence that the passengers had attempted to hijack the airplane or physically attack any of the flight crew. Many have simply involved raised voices, foul language and drunken behavior...

The costs of a conviction can be enormous. In Tamera Freeman's case, it cost her custody of her children.

The confrontation on the Frontier Airlines flight to Denver was particularly harsh, recalled Amy Fleming, the flight attendant who told Freeman to stop spanking her children. In a recent interview, Fleming called Freeman the most unruly passenger she had seen in 11 years on the job.

"Absolutely she deserved a felony conviction," she said.

But at least one passenger, John Carlson, a defense attorney who was seated near Freeman, said there was no threat. "There was a nasty, loud exchange," Carlson said. Then Freeman "capitulated and offered no resistance. My sympathy shifted to her."

A spokeswoman for Frontier said the airline has provided more training for flight attendants since 2001, including classes on "ways to calm a situation before it reaches a boiling point or physical confrontation."

After three months in jail, Freeman agreed to plead guilty in exchange for being released on probation. A court-appointed attorney told her that a plea deal would be the fastest way to see her children, who had been taken back to Hawaii and put into foster care.

Her probation required her to stay in Oklahoma City, where she grew up, and prohibited her from flying. Meanwhile, legal proceedings in Hawaii have begun to allow the children's foster parents to adopt them.

Freeman has been denied permission to attend custody hearings in Maui over the last six months, court records show.

"I have cried. I have cried for my children every day," Freeman said. "I feel the system is failing me."



by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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melissa632
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:40 PM

And then they all wonder why kids are the way they are these days. And they always blame the parents, yet we are not allowed to parent our kids. Vicious circle.

AngelNCO
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:41 PM

That is Bullshit!!!!!  They better send me too because I've swatted my kids butts........

frustrated

Momof2Stepof3
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:41 PM

What the hell is this world coming too? Makes me sick.

 

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lenalove
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:45 PM

IMO, she sounded like a VERY rude passanger, however idk if she should have had her kids taken away or gone to jail



 



Lauriemom
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I bet there is more to the story.  I mean, the woman swore at the flight attendant and threw the tomato juice can at her because she was approached after spanking her kids.  She does not sound ok to me at all

Slapping a kid on the theigh is not spanking, it is smacking a kid. Spanking is on the bottom, and I think that there must have been more to it then a mom discipling her kids. IF it was just a case of that I would feel bad for the mom

Jackie06
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Totally absurd and unjust!

Tisha1115
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:46 PM

she should hire a lawyer over the phone to fight the adoption procedings. There can't possibly be logical legal means to put those little ones up for adoption just because the court won't let her fly to Hawaii.

babyboomboom
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:49 PM


Quoting AngelNCO:

That is Bullshit!!!!!  They better send me too because I've swatted my kids butts........

frustrated

I agree!  It's total BS!

kcangel63
by Freebirther on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:50 PM


Quoting Lauriemom:

I bet there is more to the story.  I mean, the woman swore at the flight attendant and threw the tomato juice can at her because she was approached after spanking her kids.  She does not sound ok to me at all

Slapping a kid on the theigh is not spanking, it is smacking a kid. Spanking is on the bottom, and I think that there must have been more to it then a mom discipling her kids. IF it was just a case of that I would feel bad for the mom

She didn't actually throw it at the FA.  She threw it at the ground.  I don't see how she could be a terrorist!  How her kids are about to be adopted out!  All because of 3 swats on the leg, harsh words at the FA, and a can of tomato juice thrown on the floor.  I wonder what the FA said to her.  Sure, she should have been nicer to the FA, but the consequences are ridiculous.  DH and I read this and have vowed we will never fly on Frontier, or any other airline.



adamjackie
by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 4:53 PM

That sounds messed up. That poor women. Probably was stressed and lost her temper for a moment. Not anything that validates losing her children.


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