A judge in Texas had some interesting advice for one of the women in his courtroom:

“You don’t spank children today.”

Judge Jose Longoria continued, “In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don’t spank children.”

The woman, Rosalina Gonzales, plead guilty to a felony charge of “injury to a child” for what prosecutors considered a “pretty simple, straightforward spanking case.” According to reports, Gonzales was arrested in December when the paternal grandmother of her two-year-old daughter noticed red marks on her legs and took the little girl to the hospital.

Although prosecutors agree that Gonzales did not use a belt on the child or leave bruises (just the red marks), she was sentenced to five years probation and parenting classes.

Spanking is one issue that continues to divide parents. Once common practice, some now sees spanking as out of vogue and a lazy discipline technique. While some think it’s an acceptable form of discipline, others feel it is abuse.

But what say you Clutchettes and Gents? Is spanking discipline or abuse? Or somewhere in between?

Let’s talk about it!

 

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  • Jenn

    I think the problem with spanking is that it’s usually a response reaction from an adult that has nothing to do with correcting the child. There’s no talking, no corrective influence, it’s just an adult who’s lost control.

    Do I think spanking is always abuse? No, but very rarely is spanking a good discipline tool.