Some forms of corporal punishment may soon be a thing of the past if a
new bill introduced in the California legislature is successful.
Introduced by California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, the bill will
make spanking in any form or fashion of a child up to age 4 a
misdemeanor. Spanking also sends the message that violence is an
acceptable tool to get what you want in life, a message that is
internalized and leads to violent behavior among youth as they age.
Many advocates of this bill point out the inequality of our current
system that allows a small child to be physically hit, when such “good
discipline” is outlawed for employees, spouses, inmates, and all other
adults in society.