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LauraK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-03 09:21 AM
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Swiss court rules parents can only smack children occasionally
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 9 ? Parents have only a limited right to smack their children to punish or educate them, Switzerland's highest court ruled Wednesday.

The Swiss supreme court said an occasional smack is acceptable but anything more would constitute a criminal offense. <cut

In their ruling, the supreme court judges said parents and others acting in a parental capacity had the right to smack a child occasionally ''following inappropriate behavior and with the aim of educating the child.'' But if the punishment is repeated or regular, that could not be justified.
In hitting the children 10 times, the man went beyond what was acceptable. Furthermore, the kicks given to the children represented ''degrading treatment'' and could not be justified in terms of a duty to educate a child, the judges said.
A number of European countries, especially Nordic ones, have made it a criminal offense to smack children. Other countries have tightened their rules, including outlawing corporal punishment by teachers.
Switzerland in the past has considered introducing laws on parental behavior but no such law has been passed. Corporal punishment is banned in Swiss schools.

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