Taught that child a valuable life lesson that did no harm to the child. If anyone is to blame it is the wizard sleeve of a mother that lets the little bastard keep doing it
I agree that the mother is to blame. Not just for letting the kid continue, but for years of parental negligence before that moment. The guy should have addressed the mother. Getting the kid's hair wet taught him nothing. The kid would have kept going but for his mother taking him away.
Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fellow says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace - and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.