A father in Okeechobee, Florida, realized he could get into trouble for spanking his 12-year-old daughter after she got into a serious fight with her sister on Monday – so he did something unorthodox: he called the police to come and supervise him as he gave his daughter a “paddling.”
Undersheriff Noel Stephen told WPBF-TV that, although it may sound odd, he has supervised 12 other spankings and he didn’t think twice about supervising this man so that he could confirm no crime was committed while he was doling out the corporal punishment.
“It’s definitely not something we advertise to do, and even though law enforcement has been willing to help out in this situation, watching a parent discipline their child is something that’s done only when a deputy has no other calls to handle,” Stephen said.
Given the fact that many parents have been questioned -- and arrested -- by police in recent years for the way they discipline their children, the father was likely afraid he would end up in police custody if his daughter claimed he hit her too hard.
In Conway, South Carolina, last January, a mother named Amber Tyler was accused of cruelty to children after her 7-year-old was spanked three times with a belt on his bottom because he was suspended from school for carrying a box cutter to the campus.
“I’m sorry that I spanked my son at this point in time, but if he brought another razor blade to school I’d spank him again,” Tyler told Myrtle Beach Online at the time. “What if another child had been hurt? How guilty would I feel then? It’s not fair to throw a parent under the bus just because they disciplined their child.”