In Kansas, kids who don’t do what they’re told might really pay a price, by getting spanked hard enough to leave a mark.
According to the New York Daily News, democratic state representative Gail Finney hopes to make a current law allowing parents, teachers, and other caregivers to physically discipline their children by spanking even more strict. She wants to ensure harder spankings, including those that may actually leave a mark on a child, are legal.
Finney, a state House member from Wichita, says that she originally got the idea from McPherson County Deputy Attorney Britt Colle. Finney proposed the legislature in order to “restore discipline to families” and protect parent’s rights. Finney has three sons and is herself grandmother to four children.
If passed, the stronger law would legalize up to ten spankings by hand per child. The law would also gives parents permission to authorize others to spank their own kids, such as childcare workers and teachers.
In defense of the proposed law, Britt Colle told local news affiliate KCTV, “This bill basically defines a spanking along with necessary reasonable physical restraint that goes with discipline, all of which has always been legal. This bill clarifies what parents can and cannot do. By defining what is legal, it also defines what is not."
Other state legislators in Kansas have expressed doubt that the bill will pass. At least 30 other states currently ban corporal punishment for children.