School teachers and caregivers could receive more power to spank children, pending it clears the Kansas legislature.
Representative Gail Finney, D-Wichita, introduced a bill with McPherson Deputy County Attorney Britt Colle that would expand on the current law. The current law in place allows for spanking legally as long as it does not leave physical marks.
If the proposed bill from Finney passes, it would allow up to 10 strikes with the hand hard enough to leave redness and bruising.
Colle and supporters of the bill believe that children are losing respect for authority and that parents should be allowed to discipline without fear.
Colle told KCTV5 that the bill would make it very clear that striking the child with a fist, using an object, or hitting the child in the head or body is illegal and may be considered battery or abuse.
—This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Addition sources hyperlinked in text. All rights reserved