Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Massachusetts looks at making it illegal for adults to strike a child

The Commonwealth of Masschusetts is considering a bill to make it a crime to use corporal punishment on children (defined as anyone under 18 ). The proposal states: " “Corporal punishment”, the willful infliction of physical pain, including but not limited, to hitting, whipping, slapping, spanking, kicking, biting, striking with an object, pinching, punching, poking eyes, twisting limbs, boxing ears, shaking, “hot-saucing” (putting undiluted Tabasco sauce or soap in the mouth), administering electric shocks, or any other unreasonable use or degree of force. (b) It shall be unlawful in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for any adult to inflict corporal punishment upon a child." link

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