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Violence breeds violence

Although I have recently moved out of the area, I can’t help but take a moment to respond to a letter from criticizing Child Protective Services for taking action on the behalf of his stepson. Unbeknownst to most people who want to justify spanking by quoting from the Bible using the verse, “Spare the rod, spoil the child,” let’s clear something up. The definition of “rod” is discipline. The definition of “discipline” is … training to act in accordance with rules. Now … how some people translate that into saying it is OK to hit a child in the pretense of getting him to learn something is beyond me. AND … Please … a so-called “spanking” that leaves a lasting injury such as a bruise is actually called a beating. Scary to think that a former victim of child abuse and an anger management counselor cannot see the distinction. There is definitely a fine line between discipline and abuse. I would urge all parents who have considered using “spanking” as a way to train or teach a child, to at least take a moment to study all the other alternatives available. Violence simply just breeds violence. We could sure use a lot less of it in our society.

Leslie Jacobson

Tiburon


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