corporal punishment

Inside the Law: Corporal Punishment

August 23, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Is it still legal to spank your kids? 

Two teenage girls in Spain were twerking suggestively on a webcam when their mother, holding a laundry basket, walked into their room, assessed the situation, and in one motion took off her flip flop and began smacking her daughters with it.  

Gotta love a mother who is doing everything in her power to keep her girls off the pole (without dropping the laundry).  

The video has gone viral, and people are ready to nominate the mom for mother of the year. But it raises the question: is corporal punishment legal in the U.S.? 

Delaware is the only state that makes it illegal to cause any physical pain or injury. In all other states, mild physical force is allowed so long as it is not intended, nor does it, cause severe physical or emotional injury to a child physical. A flip flop to a twerking behind is unlikely to cause harm, although parents are wise to ask whether grounding a child might do more to keep the girls out of trouble than any form of physical punishment ever could.