A Greater Kaohsiung man was arrested for allegedly stabbing his 16-year-old son because the high schooler had protested his father’s physical abuse of his mother.
A 50-year-old man surnamed Hung (洪) was arrested on Friday last week and charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking his son with a switchblade knife.
The alleged attack followed an online exchange of messages between the father and son, police said.
Hung and the boy’s mother divorced four years ago and the son and his two sisters live with their mother.
“Stop beating up my mother. Instead of hitting her, why don’t you pick on me? I can take it,” the son wrote.
Hung responded: “So you think you’ve grown up, and now it is your turn to talk tough to me?”
The son replied: “Now I will treat you as an outsider. When I was a child, I could not fight back. Now I think I can.”
His father responded: “[Oh yeah?] I will come over there right now.”
Hung reportedly arrived at his ex-wife’s home at 7pm on Friday and called for his son to come down. The pair then began scuffling.
According to eyewitnesses, Hung had brought a switchblade, while the son had a toy plastic sword.
When police arrived at the scene, the son was bleeding from a knife cut to his left hand and a deep laceration to his right thigh, the witnesses said.
Police quoted Hung as saying that the knife “was just to threaten him [the son], I did not mean to injure him.”
However, one of his daughters disputed that account.
“My brother was slashed with the knife and was bleeding badly, but my father did not care about the injuries,” she said.
“He continued fighting, knocked my brother to the ground and kept hitting him in the head,” she said.