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UK Children's Official: Ban All Parental Smacks

Maggie Atkinson says it's strange that pets get stronger protection

(Newser) - Britain's official in charge of children's welfare may have just launched a national debate on the nanny state. Maggie Atkinson tells the Independent that she thinks parents should face criminal punishment for even mild smacks of their kids. The quote roiling up the British press:
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Texas Lawmaker to Schools: Put the Paddles Away

Legislator's bill would outlaw all forms of corporal punishment

(Newser) - A principal-turned-lawmaker is trying to outlaw paddling, spanking, and all other forms of corporal punishment in Texas schools. Legislator Alma Allen's bill would make it illegal for school district employees to get physical to enforce discipline, reports the Houston Chronicle . Many of the state's big cities already ban... More »

School Weighs Rule Backing Paddling of Girls by Men

Texas district considering dumping 'same sex' limits on meting out corporal punishment

(Newser) - The Texas school where a mom freaked after her teenage daughter was paddled until her butt was red and "blistered" by a male vice principal now wants to reconsider the policy. But get this: Officials are aiming to change the rules to make it officially OK for a male... More »

School Lets Man Spank Teen Girl, Mom Freaks

Anna Jorgensen says she 'came unglued'

(Newser) - Letting her daughter be spanked with a paddle for having shared homework with a classmate? Not a problem for one Texas mom. But knowing that a man administered the punishment, and left her daughter's backside bruised, does upset her—and the mother has school policy on her side, because... More »

Spanking Can Hurt Future Mental Health

Kids should never face corporal punishment: researcher

(Newser) - Your adult woes really could be mom and dad's fault, assuming they spanked you. A new study points to a "significant link" between corporal punishment of children and a higher risk of adult mental health issues. In a review of government data on 35,000 adults, the study... More »

Plenty of Schools Still Rely on Spanking

Paddling is especially popular in northern Florida

(Newser) - Think spanking in school is extinct? Think again. Nineteen states legally permit teachers and principals in public schools to spank a child, reports NPR . In Florida, for instance, more than 3,600 kids were spanked in 2010, usually with a wooden or fiberglass paddle, and usually in a rural district... More »

Teen to Be Caned for Facebook Insult

Zimbabwe teen convicted of 'criminal insult'

(Newser) - A Zimbabwe teenager's backside will be taking the heat for an ill-judged Facebook comment. The 17-year-old boy was convicted of "criminal insult," and sentenced to two strokes from a cane after taking a photograph of a woman, posting it on Facebook, and calling her a "typical... More »

Preacher's Spanking Book Linked to 3 Child Deaths

Tenn. minister Michael Pearl urges using a switch on babies

(Newser) - The deaths of three children have been linked to parents who reportedly own a popular but controversial spanking book by a Tennessee preacher. The book, To Train Up a Child, by Michael Pearl of the No Greater Joy Ministry, promotes using a switch on babies as young as 6 months... More »

Judge Under Fire After Daughter Posts Video of Beating

Police investigate after disturbing clip goes viral

(Newser) - A Texas judge is facing a police investigation along with death threats after his daughter posted a video of a severe beating she endured in 2004, reports KRIS TV . The disturbing seven-minute clip has racked up more than 600,000 views on YouTube after Hillary Adams shared it on Reddit.... More »

Woman Spares Man Who Blinded Her With Acid

Ameneh Bahrami halts 'eye for eye' punishment

(Newser) - As Ramadan begins in the Islamic world this week, a remarkable story of forgiveness out of Iran: Ameneh Bahrami halted the "eye for an eye" blinding of Majid Movahedi, who blinded and disfigured her seven years ago when he dumped a bucket of acid on her. Movahedi was minutes... More »

Judge Admonishes Mom for Spanking Daughter

She gets five years' probation, must attend classes

(Newser) - A mother in Texas who got arrested after spanking her toddler received five years' probation and a stern lecture from the judge this week, reports KZTV . "You don't spank children today," District Court Judge Jose Longoria told Rosalina Gonzales. "In the old days, maybe we got... More »

Why We Must Bring Back Flogging

It's more humane than prison, argues Peter Moskos

(Newser) - Prisons were invented to replace “barbaric” corporal punishment—but now, with our prison system failing, there’s only one thing to do: Bring back flogging. Yes, it sounds horrible, writes Peter Moskos in the Washington Post . But “America has a prison problem.” Namely, they cost too much... More »

Why I Still 'Smack' My 12-Year-Old Daughter

Mom Janelle Harris says she'll only stop when it's not effective

(Newser) - Janelle Harris's daughter is 12 years old, as tall as her mom, and old enough to borrow her clothes, shoes, and make-up. "But she’ll never be too big and bad to get smacked," Harris writes on The Stir . "I have to remind Miss Preteen Thang... More »

Birthday Spankings Land School Principal in Hot Water

Principal gave students a 'pat on the backside' for each year

(Newser) - For students at an Iowa elementary school, birthdays mean hearing your name during announcements, getting a new pencil and calculator, and … being called to the principal’s office for a birthday "whammy." What's that? A light spanking from Principal Terry Eisenbarth with a padded hockey stick,... More »

Serial Spanker Faces Charges

Henry Allen Fitzsimmons offered 'scholarships' to needy young women

(Newser) - Virginia businessman Henry Allen Fitzsimmons offered a deal to single mothers, recovering drug addicts, and other young women needing help: He'd give them an allowance, a home, and promised to pay for their college education—if they'd agree to be spanked if they broke his rules, like failing... More »

Iran Postpones Court-Ordered Blinding

Acid attacker sentenced to have acid dropped in eyes

(Newser) - Iran has postponed a literal eye-for-an-eye punishment it was due to carry out today. A court had ordered a man who threw a bucket of acid in the face of a woman who refused to marry him to have acid dropped in both eyes. Human rights groups including Amnesty International... More »

Students Fight to Keep School's Paddling Policy

Archbishop wants to do away with it

(Newser) - There is apparently one Catholic school in the country that still uses corporal punishment—and students are fighting to keep it that way. That's right, keep. Some 500 students, parents, and others tied to New Orleans' St. Augustine High School marched on Archbishop Gregory Aymond's offices on Saturday. Aymond is... More »

Swiss Man May Be Caned for Singapore Graffiti

Expat pleads guilty to vandalizing subway cars

(Newser) - A Swiss software executive may be facing—or, rather, facing away from—a caning after pleading guilty to spraying graffiti on a Singapore subway. Oliver Fricker, 32, broke into a train depot with an accomplice and vandalized subway cars last month, AP reports. Under Singapore law, vandalism is punishable by... More »

Texas Town's Schools Bring Back the Paddle

'A good crack might not be a bad idea,' says resident

(Newser) - A small town in Texas is reviving an old disciplinary technique: hitting students with paddles. Temple lifted its ban on the practice last May. Without paddling, "there were no consequences for kids," says the head of the school board, who adds that high school students have become much... More »

Spanking Makes Kids Aggressive

Docs recommend time-outs rather than corporal punishment

(Newser) - Spanking an unruly child may make a parent feel better in the moment, but the effects on the spank-ee are negative and long-lasting, new research shows. Tulane University scientists looked at 2,500 3-year-olds, waited 2 years, and controlled for other factors that might have influenced their behavior. "The... More »

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