Is spanking your kids illegal? At least in Texas it is! Rosalina Gonzalez, a mother from Corpus Christi (Texas), was sentenced to five years probation for spanking her own child. She pleaded guilty to the charge of injury to a child charge. She was arrested in December when her mother noticed some red marks on her granddaughter’s butt and took her to the hospital to get checked out.
Although prosecutors say Gonzalez didn’t use a belt and didn’t bruise the child, a judge made it clear that spanking isn’t allowed.
“You don’t spank children today. In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don’t spank children. You understand?” Judge Jose Longoria said.
“Yes, sir,” Gonzalez said.Source: abclocal.go.com
In addition to the probation, Ganzalez will have to take parenting classes and make a $50 payment to the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Interestingly Texas law is unclear on the matter of spanking. The state’s attorney general office’s website states: ‘Texas law allows the use of force, but not deadly force, against a child by the child’s parent, guardian, or other person who is acting in loco parentis.
Makes me wonder – how many of you have at one or more times spanked your kids?