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Kansas Lawmaker Wants To Allow Teachers To Spank Kids Even More


A bill proposed by state Rep. Gail Finney (D) would define corporal punishment as "up to ten forceful applications in succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks of a child" and would permit "reasonable force" to restrain the children.

The legislation also allows parents, caregivers or school personnel to strike kids hard enough that "redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result."

"What’s happening is there are some children that are very defiant and they’re not minding their parents, they’re not minding school personnel,” Finney said, as quoted by The Wichita Eagle.

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