I got whipped tons growing up! If you think being hit with a switch is child abuse, picture this. When my brother and I did something wrong, we had to go “pick our own”. If the switch was unsatisfactory, we had to he another and got whipped twice as much. I a nice, gentle, caring human being and I do think that my parents spanking me from time to time helped. So don’t try to judge others, because you don’t know the kid or the situation. But personally, I feel he did go more than a bit far for the child only being 4 years old.