Spanking is a divisive issue among many parents. While some parents swear by the “spare the rod, spoil the child” philosphy, others find the practice to be an ineffective and abusive form of discipline. But what happens when parents cross the line? And where is the line in the first place?

Recently, Korie Kellogg, ex-wife of NBA baller Michael Curry, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after her son told his teachers that his mom had “whooped” him when school officials questioned him about marks on his body. The child was taken to the hospital and examined, and according to reports, had bruises and welts on his face and back.

Kellogg told prosecutors her son’s story was not accurate, but wasn’t given a chance to explain.

Kellogg and Curry were married on Valentine’s Day in 2001, but divorced the same year. Kellogg is the mother of Curry’s first child.

Kellogg was was released on $25,000 bail while officials continue to investigate, and if convicted, she could face a five year prison sentence. Another hearing is scheduled later this month.

  • http://stephanietalktome.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Whooping a kid and leaving marks is a bit much.

    The fact of the matter is that different cultures raise their kids in a different manner.

    I was whooped as a kid with a belt. lol. And I “lol” because it isn’t that serious. In the black community that is how children are disciplined. You are disciplined just enough to know that you better not act up!

    I turned out great!

    I think when you leave evidence of a beating though than you might have gone a little overboard.

  • CurlySue

    What she did wasn’t a “spanking”. That was a beating and she deserves every charge they can make stick. Bruises and welts on his face and back? That’s sickening.

  • kidole

    I grew up with beatings with belts and switches and I am very grateful for them. However, parents should never beat their children while angry and there should be no bruising or welts on a child’s face, only the butt and thighs. Parents need to learn to stop beating their children while their angry or in a bad mood, that’s where discipline ends and abuse begins.

  • lostluv224

    my mom beat my ass sooo bad once i was welted from the neck down lol…i got it soo together quickly. I turned out fine but my mom didn’t spare NO rods, while on the other hand my dad NEVER punished me and my sisters..he didnt even yell at us.

    I have more of my dads temperment so it would prob take a lot to really discipline my kids beyond threats of action lol.

    I don’t see a problem with beating your kids when they get outta hand (thats the black way) BUT as someone mention never when your angry. My mom would beat the hell outta us and then 10 mins later she’d be taking us for ice cream or something.

  • ruserious?

    I believe that too many black people (yes, I’m black) are brainwashed into thinking that “beatings” are fair punishments. I’m actually appalled to read that a beating is ok as long as you don’t mark the child’s face. Wow!

    Come on people! Now I’m not saying you can’t smack your kid’s hand or bottom but you do not do it with any sort of weapon (yes, a house shoe, belt, switch etc. becomes a weapon when you use it to beat someone) and you don’t repeatedly hit the child.

    Walking a fine line between discipline and abuse…smdh

  • Tonton Michel

    Not a spanking but definitely a beating and uncalled for.

  • QCastle

    Good.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    Well I hate to see yet another black person jailed, especially when alternatives could have been found to help this woman parent her children better.
    But then if you agree with heavy handed “discipline” then you should expect it.

    Jailing people is as lazy and uncreative a “solution” to social problems as spanking is as a way to socialize children.

    sigh.

  • Mocha

    I wish people would focus on kids who are really being abused. ANYBODY who has been spanked knows the differece. I mean…this is just ridiculous..not being able to “lean” on your child in public for fear of getting the side eye. Not being able to spank HANDS in public for the fear of getting the side eye, not being able to tap that ASS for fear of getting arrested. SMH…I’m not saying it for all kids, but I refuse to let my child challenge me..in public or behind closed doors. There well be discussions and examples..but hey..we all know some kids feel froggy enough and they jump..so I will be there to bring their butts back to reality..by any means necessary, that won’t result in broken arms or bruises BUT with understanding that, “you don’t go THERE with mom..EVER”. What I DON’T agree with is leaving bruises..that would just break my heart, after the fact…lol!

  • Janet

    I see nothing wrong with whipping your kids behind. My sisters and I got whipping with a belt, switch, extension cord, house shoe, wet dish rag, whatever was available at the time and we all turned out fine. Children these days need to get their behinds whipped, heck as far as that goes, some of these parents need to get there behinds whipped for letting their kids walk all over them. Hmmmm seems to be it would be a better place all the way around.

  • Bruna

    Wow. If an adult did something to piss you off and you hit them, YOU WOULD GO TO JAIL FOR ASSAULT! But it is okay to assault a kid? My parents spanked me. I turned out okay. BUT IT IS STILL WRONG TO HIT KIDS! If you can’t figure out how to discipline
    a child without resorting to violence, then you shouldn’t have children.

  • Yeahright2011

    I don’t spank my kid. We got beat as kids, didn’t like it. Even if we were his birth parents I doubt we would spank him. Moms out there stop beating ya kids.

  • Damon R.

    I know her…. I think she’s a good mom she just made a misstake… I’ve been whooped like he was my whole life who hasn’t had marks from a belt before… I had to go to school with a belt mark on my face because I put my face in the direction of a belt…. He’s a good kid but he’s a boy and either she’s going to discipline now or the police later in life….

  • CurlySue

    If you leave welts and bruises on your child’s body, that’s abuse. End of story. And a lot of people say “Well, I was beaten and I’m fine now”. That’s great. But it was still abuse. How you turned out as an adult is irrelevant. Perhaps you turned out productive in spite of being beaten til you had welts, rather than BECAUSE you were. And for the record, I have no problem with a spanking. Open palm, over the clothes, and never when you’re angry. But the day a mother grabs an extension cord and whips her child, that’s abuse.

  • Spank

    Lol…you all were some bad ass kids!

  • darydrea

    Awesome!!!! the side eye!!!! such a funny expresssion to me :)

  • Vee

    But the day a mother grabs an extension cord and whips her child, that’s abuse.

    Well Curly Sue I guess my mom should be in jail. I am 34 years old and have been beaten with a belt and extension cord not near my face and I turned out find. Do I think my mom abused me? Nah it made me the woman I am today:)

    You have some children these days killing and beating their parents :(

  • Karma

    I know this girl (Korie) and this is just karma kicking her in the a$$!!

  • lovmd

    this is the problem with spanking, it can easily turn into a beating. frankly I believe that many people are walking around thinking the abuse they experienced as a child is “normal” and “acceptable”. and reading some of the comments makes it even more evident.
    .

    people love to say their parents “spanked”, grandparents “spanked”, etc. well guess what? so did the slave master. so perhaps those who are saying that “spanking” is a part of the African-American community and therefore is acceptable, should re-examine these methods of “discipline” that were meant to dehumanize and CLEARLY look dehumanizing when getting done.

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