June 12, 2008

The right to give a good whuppin’ is upheld:

The Indiana Supreme Court has reversed a woman’s 2006 battery conviction for whipping her 11-year-old son with a belt or extension cord, holding that she was reasonably exercising parental discipline.

In a 4-1 decision, the court ruled that Sophia Willis’ use of discipline did not cross the line into criminal conduct.

[. . .]

The Supreme Court noted that the bruises apparently were “neither serious nor permanent” and concluded that the punishment was reasonable. The court also said that parents have a legal privilege to discipline their child as long as punishment is reasonable and not likely to cause serious or permanent harm.

I was going to write that this goes against the recent trend that finds corporal punishment losing favor. That’s in schools, though — more than half the states have banned corporal punishment there. According to the linked article, it is still legal in all 50 states for parents to spank (hit, belt, paddle or whip) their children. 


One Response to “Whipped”

  1. Bob G. Says:

    Hey, if states want to forego discipline by a PARENT…and allow the child to grow up with the “no consequenfes” mindset, then they’re setting the kids up for a MAJOR fall when they discover THE REAL WORLD.

    Anyone recall “Spare the rod, and spoil the child”?
    That still works.


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