Remove the book "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl
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Remove the book "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl

    1. Amie Salter
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      Amie Salter

      Malibu, CA

This book is atrocious. It has been linked to the deaths of three children, Lydia Schatz, Hana Williams and Sean Paddock. This book teaches "discipline" in the form of child abuse, neglect and torture. As a long time customer of Amazon, I was shocked to see that this is sold through their company. No one should advocate that a child should be whipped or spanked into submission as this book does. The book states: "Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others -- even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers."

 As you can see from this article, this book has been linked with these deaths.

Why would anyone support this kind of parenting? Why isn't someone doing something about it? Please join me in this fight. Amazon please remove this horrible book immediately.


if you have not read the book and would like more insight on the terrible teachings, please view this video:

Remove the book "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. Books don't kill children, parents do.

      Amie Salter
      Petition Organizer

      Many people have opposed this petition, writing me messages asking me to remove my petition, following the idea that this book doesn't kill children, parents do. While many of us can probably agree that this book itself does not hold direct blame for the deaths of children, I think we can all agree that the writers hold some responsibility. I read a very moving article recently from a mother who used to follow the Pearls' teachings. You can read it here:

      The author states, "We were looking for confirmation that some part of this system worked."

      While this book does not directly kill children, it takes the accountability away, offering reassurance that hitting children into obedience is a valid form of parenting.

      Corpses Don't Rebel: A former follower of Michael Pearl's "To Train Up A Child" reacts to the death of Hana Williams

      Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of infant and child abuse. httpv:// This piece was submitted by No Longer Quivering member, "ExPearlSwine" - who understandably wishes to share her story anonymously. The death toll from parents following Michael and Debi Pearl's teachings continues to mount.

    3. Ignore the ad!

      Amie Salter
      Petition Organizer

      Oops! I had no idea an ad for amazon would show up in the news feed if I included the websites URL. That wasn't my intention to promote their site in a positive way!

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      Amie Salter
      Petition Organizer

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    5. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joel Cruz CHICAGO, IL
      • about 8 hours ago

      because there is no justification (inc religious ones) to physically abuse children in order to prove to them that you are right. Child deaths have been linked to parents taking advice from this book

      • 1 day ago

      Because words are powerful

    • Kate Buccilli AUSTRALIA
      • 2 days ago

      No method of discipline is worth the life of a child. This is not right

    • Eliana Mey BOCA RATON, FL
      • 2 days ago

      This is disgusting. It motivates and instructs abuse.

    • Kris Alspaugh AUSTIN, TX
      • 3 days ago

      Amazon should have nothing to do with this nonsense.


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