Pediatricians warn against spanking, Arkansans speak out

Pediatricians warn against spanking, Arkansans speak out
A policy statement from AAP warns against spanking. (Source: KARK)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics warning against spanking children is drawing mixed reactions from Arkansans.

As Little Rock television station KARK reports, many of us grew up with the occasional swat but some claim spanking simply doesn’t work.

The statement from the AAP warns that spanking is harmful and ineffective and can make kids more aggressive in the long run, leading to developmental health disorders and cognitive problems.

But, some parents use other methods of discipline.

Deanna Smith said she made her kids watch “Feed the Children” on television for three hours.

In 2016, 70-year-old Norma Toussaint had the police called on her by her great-granddaughter for punishing her with a switch.

“I don’t think it’s right for them to put me in jail for whooping a child when she don’t want to mind me and I’m 70 years old,” Toussaint said back in 2016.

A 1995 study showed that 80 percent of parents reported spanking their children.

But in 2013, that number dropped to 67 percent and appears to be continuing trending downward.

In Arkansas, spanking is not a crime unless it causes physical injury to a child.

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