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Kansas Bill Would Allow Spanking that Leaves Marks

Associated Press - February 18, 2014 12:45 pm

A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks.

Current Kansas law allows spanking that doesn’t leave marks. Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, says he wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the hand and that could leave redness and bruising. The bill also would allow parents to give permission to others to spank their children.

It would continue to ban hitting a child with fists, in the head or body, or with a belt or switch.

Finney says she wants to restore parental rights, and improve discipline.

KCTV reports Rep. John Rubin, chairman of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, says he isn’t sure the committee will even consider the bill.

Kammy Reeves

February 19, 2014 at 1:07 am

Really? How about smacking the parents of these kids that are misbehaving at school! EVERY child needs boundaries formed BY THE PARENTS. It’s not the school’s job to raise up a kid, only to educate them with basic skills to ready them for college. I realize that there are homes from which these kids live in that are not even close to being happy. What a sad reality! No matter the circumstances, it is the parents’ job to instill morals, values, & integrity into a child. This is done best by a living example. A child will DO what their parents do before they will do what they say. When a child is no longer a child, they must accept respnsibility for their own actions regardless, of their past. When a child is still a child, their home life needs to be checked out when they are bullying, or physically hurting others. A wonderful friend once told me that, “hurting people hurt people”. There is always a root this behavior. “It takes a village to raise a child” is a commonly used phrase. I have never researched it’s origination, but I’m sure this didn’t include people other than the parents to spank a child. What a waste of time to even mull over this. There is a HUGE, common sense difference between discipline and abuse. If people would research information instead of taking hear-say as valid, the crazy notion that spanking a child is illegal would have never come about. It should never be okay for the school to spank any child, but this is just my OPINION!

Vaughn Griggs

February 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Just finished writing my Representative about this. We don’t need to make Kansas look like a third world country. Speaking from experience, children who are beaten will never be able to get along with people who weren’t, as in bosses and spouses.
Shyness is a puppy that has been beaten.

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