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Some Bruising Allowed

By The Reverend Published: February 19, 2014

I heard some of this on the radio yesterday morning. I can't figure out what the hell has gone wrong in Kansas but suggesting new laws which allow parents (and others) to physically abuse children even if it causes "some bruising" ain't gonna' solve whatever frustration Kansans are experiencing.

House Bill 2699, which was introduced by Rep. Gail Finney, exempts corporal punishment by a parent from the definitions of child abuse, endangering a child, battery and domestic battery.

Corporal punishment is defined under the bill as using one’s palm to strike the clothed buttocks of child up to 10 times and using reasonable physical force to restrain the child. The bill acknowledges that this may lead to bruising.

But why limit the thrill of bruising a child's buttocks to only the parents of a child? Wise Kansas lawmakers think that others should also be able to bruise a child's buttocks.....

The bill also says that other legal guardians and stepparents of children can spank a child, and school personnel and other people can, too, if they obtain written permission from the child’s parents. Spanking may be used on children up to age 18, or older, if the child is still enrolled in high school, the bill says.

The justification?

In written testimony (deputy county attorney Britt) Colle has prepared, he said parents “no longer know how to discipline children” because they are so afraid of being charged with a crime. The result, Colle said, is “an entire generation” of defiant children who lack discipline.

Same old 'no discipline in today's youth' baloney.

Let's see if I have this straight. Kansas parents want to bruise their children's buttocks but they are afraid to because they're afraid they might be charged with abusing the children they want to beat. So, lawmakers in Kansas want to assist those parents in relieving that fear...of being charged with a crime.

I have a funeral to attend this morning...so short on time.....but would like to read your comments about Kansas' new proposed amnesty law for child abusers later on today.

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