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Is Corporal Punishment Legal and When Does It Become Excessive?

Is Corporal Punishment Legal and When Does It Become Excessive? by Joshua Katz

{2:50 minutes to read} What is corporal punishment?

“Corporal punishment” by definition means physical punishment of a child, whether it’s a spanking, a slap on the wrist, a smack across the face, or a beating with a belt. Corporal punishment of children was much more prevalent and acceptable in previous years and still is, in certain cultures.

In the state of New York, a parent is permitted to utilize corporal punishment as long as it is reasonable and not excessive. However, a parent should never strike a child out of anger and absolutely never with the intent to injure.

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