* Open-hand spanking termed as "a reasonable use of force"
* Court rules spanking of an 8-year-old son by father is not "excessive corporal punishment"
(New York): The state Appellate Division has ruled that it is legal for parents to spank their children in order to discipline them.
The state Appellate Division came up with the ruling Wednesday after it struck down a family court’s decision on a Long Island father who had allegedly “beaten” and spanked his kid for cursing at an adult at a party in 2012.
According to NYdailynews, the Suffolk County Family Court had ruled last year that the father had abused by his eight-year-old child by “inflicting excessive corporal punishment.”
The ruling by the State Appellate Division (New York) said spanking by the Long Island dad “was a reasonable use of force.”
The father, whose name was not mentioned, had been accused of beating his son with a belt in 2012 for cursing at someone at a friend’s party. However, the dad denied using any object to beat his son as he only spanked with an open hand.
“The father’s open-handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force and, under the circumstances presented here, did not constitute excessive corporal punishment,” a 4-panel judge panel issued a unanimous ruling.