Saudi Arabian educators and religious scholars are largely opposed to allowing children watch executions although a minority view supports the practice, according to a report Monday by the Saudi Gazette. "I am of the view that children must be forbidden from watching the execution of Sharia penalties in the same way that some countries prevent children from watching films with horrifying scenes," said Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah al-Dakheel, professor of social services at King Saud University. Sentences handed down by Sharia (Islamic law) courts including beheading, stoning to death, amputation and lashing are carried out in full view of the public, the idea being that they act as a deterrent. Experts who spoke to the Saudi daily Okaz, from which the Gazette took its report, generally concurred with al-Dakheel. However, Eid Bin Abdullah al-Shammari, a former member of the Shoura Council (a consultative body for legislation) took the opposite view. "Deterrence is not only for adults, but also for children," al-Shammari said. "Witnessing (such) scenes would help curb the violent tendencies in many students who attack their teachers and smash their cars," he added saying such acts were a recent phenomenon.