Parents Are Calling the Cops to Supervise Them Spanking Their Children
Remember the old Proverb, “Spare the rod, spoil the child?”
Well, it’s been replaced with George Orwell’s 1984.
“We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us; so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be. Even in the instance of death we cannot permit any deviation . . . we make the brain perfect before we blow it out.”
Source: The Free Thought Project (http://thefreethoughtproject.com/nann…)
Corporal Punishment: Legal and Common
The indictment of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for allegedly using a wooden “switch” to punish his 4-year-old son has put a spotlight on corporal punishment. Though on the downswing in the United States, physical discipline is still common in homes and schools and spanking, in particular, is widely supported. Here’s a snapshot of the situation:
AT HOME: Corporal punishment is technically legal in all 50 states. Statutes vary from state to state but generally say that the physical punishment must be reasonable or not excessive, although Delaware passed a law in 2012 that said it couldn’t cause any injury or pain. Proposed legislative bans in several states have failed to pass, and courts have generally upheld parents’ right to spank. This summer, New York’s second highest court ruled that it was “reasonable use of force” for a father to use his open hand to hit an 8-year-old boy who had cursed.
AT SCHOOL: Nineteen states allow corporal punishment in public and private schools. Federal data collected for 2009, the most recent available, estimates 184,527 students without disabilities were physically disciplined in schools across the country that year. The numbers reveal boys are more likely than girls to receive corporal punishment, and it was disproportionately applied to blacks.
PUBLIC OPINION: A Harris poll last year found that 81 percent of Americans say parents spanking their children is sometimes appropriate, while 19 percent say it is never appropriate. Two-thirds of parents said they had spanked their children while a third said they had not.
RESEARCH: Dozens of studies have examined the effect of corporal punishment or child abuse on behavior and mental health, with mixed results. A 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics found harsh physical punishment such as pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, hitting in non-abusive households increased the odds a child would develop mood, anxiety or personality disorders and alcohol or drug addiction.
Nanny Police State? Parents are calling the cops to supervise them spanking their children.
Okeechobee, FL — Parents calling police to make sure they are in compliance with the law prior to spanking their kids is a real concern and becoming a common practice.
As WPBF reports, a Florida father said he wanted to discipline his daughter by paddling her, but did not want to break the law, so he called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to come supervise.
The man’s 12-year-old daughter got into a heated argument with her sister Monday, and the father wanted to discipline his daughter, according to a deputy’s report. A deputy came over to his house, supervised the discipline, and determined it was within legal bounds and that there was no crime, and left, authorities said.
Although it may sound bizarre to some parents, the sheriff’s office has received several similar requests in the past. Undersheriff Noel Stephen said he has personally supervised approximately 12 spankings.
“It happens,” Stephen said. “It’s definitely not something we advertise to do, and even though law enforcement has been willing to help out in this situation, watching a parent discipline their child is something that’s done only when a deputy has no other calls to handle.”
Stephen estimated that he alone, has supervised 12 spankings.
In Florida, corporal discipline of a child is not considered abuse as long as it’s done by a parent or legal guardian and does not result in harm, according to state law. In fact, corporal punishment is legal in all 50 states.
The very idea that someone thinks they must ask permission from the state in order to discipline their child is despicable.
Read more at thefreethoughtproject.com
Credit to The Free Thought Project for Front Page Photo.