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Kansas’ New Spanking Bill Causes Much Controversy

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According to the Wichita Eagle, there was recently a bill introduced by a Wichita lawmaker enabling parents, caregivers and even school officials to restore discipline in the lives of troubled youths by easing the restrictions on spanking in Kansas. According to Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, the new bill is an attempt to define corporal punishment, restore the rights of parents and protect those who have been mistaken for child abusers instead of concerned parents.

“What’s happening is there are some children that are very defiant and they’re not minding their parents, they’re not minding school personnel,” Finney said Tuesday.

“Corporal punishment is already allowed by law in Kansas,” Finney said.

“It’s just trying to get a definition, because what’s happening is our kids and some of our law-abiding parents are entering into DCF (the Department of Children and Families) and law enforcement custody when it could have been avoided. It could be a small amount of a bruise (and) a parent could still be charged with child abuse when it wasn’t anything serious.”

The question is will the same effect result as it did when corporal punishment first began?


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