§21 844. Ordinary force as means of discipline not prohibited.
Provided, however, that nothing contained in this Act shall prohibit any parent, teacher or other person from using ordinary force as a means of discipline, including but not limited to spanking, switching or paddling.
Laws 1963 C. 53, Sec. 2
This is the current law. This law means anyone can use ordinary force on ANY child, at any time. We would like this law reworded to uphold the rights of parents/guardian/or other custodial persons to be the only people legally allowed to discipline their children
Here is why:
Daygun was belted durring an Autistic meltdown and called names, while his sister was threatened to silence. Mom went to press charges, and found that she could not. For months Daygun would not talk except to ask his family "please do not hurt me" while his parents had nightmares and his siblings suffered in tears. All of this could have been avoided for us if our wishes had been followed and someone had not taken away our right to choose the manner and timing of discipline.
We are demanding this law be reworded to say that only parents and guardians have the right to make those decisions. We want the right to press charges, just like we would if our adult person was assaulted in the manner a 4 year old special needs child's person was. We demand that child and parent relations be upheld under the law to provide the security of personal choice about discipline inside our homes and in the entire state of Oklahoma.
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