In a society where many people see spanking kids as child abuse, one parent in Florida made sure that the law actually saw him flogging his kid so no one would cry ‘abuse’ afterwards.
According to WLWT, the dad wanted to flog his 12-year old daughter for getting into ‘a heated argument’ with her sister. But to prevent any Child Services headache, he called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and asked them to witness it.
A deputy was sent over to the house, who watched the spanking and left after determining that it was legal.
‘It’s within statute for them to discipline their children, and spank them,’ said undersheriff Noel Stephen, who himself has witnessed 12 other spankings. ‘You are entitled to paddle your child, whether you use you hands, you use a belt, you use a paddle. Within reason. As long as you’re paddlin’ the buttocks.’