Kansas Bill Would Allow Spanking That Leaves Marks
But would still ban hitting with belts, fists
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2014 1:47 PM CST
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(Newser) – 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 she 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, but 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. But Rep. John Rubin, chairman of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, says he isn't sure the committee will even consider the bill.

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drumz
Mar 3, 2014 12:23 PM CST
So violence is the answer, really?
Tengu ?? Slayer of Vanity
Feb 26, 2014 1:29 PM CST
Corporal punishment is sadomasochism. Schoolgirl "discipline" is really big in porn!
cornelison
Feb 21, 2014 8:42 AM CST
Being sent to my bedroom was effective.