Because we weren’t content to have one swordfighting-father story in October, here’s one out of Washington that’s even weirder than the last: Fremon Seay, a renaissance fanatic, was a little more than unhappy with his 16 year old daughter after she attended a party and ended up at a police station. So after picking her up from the police, he went medieval.
Seay brought the daughter home, then had his (other) step-daughter go retrieve some willow switches from the backyard. He sat on the 16 year old and whipped her until she was black and blue. But that wasn’t all. He then handed her some medieval armor and a wooden sword and forced her to sword-fight in the backyard for two hours.
Two hours, bro. Even participants in the Battle of Hastings took breaks after an hour and a half.
Afterward, Seay and his wife (who was all-for the sword-fight) made the daughter strip down to her underwear and watch a preacher’s sermon on television.
Seay is part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which was pointed out by people in the comments of the original story. They also pointed out that this guy’s not a LARPer, as the Seattle Weekly story indicated he way. GOT IT?
In all honesty, this story of course sounds of high-volume hi-larity, but it’s not. Hitting an armored kid with a wooden sword is still hitting a kid, and physical abuse is not cool. Both husband and wife were released on bail last Monday, and more charges may be on the way. Hopefully so.
It’s not clear from the stories I read as to if any children were in protective custody. But seems like a good idea.