Long Island Father Takes on Social Services Over Spanking and Wins

We seem to be living in a day and age where parents are losing more and more of their rights as the people who have the primary responsibility of raising their children. Part of the reason why many parents choose to home-school their children is that they want to take back the responsibility of making sure their children grow up with good values and end up as positive, contributing members of their communities and society as a whole.

A Long Island father learned the hard way that sometimes the way you choose to correct and discipline your children can be subject to scrutiny and cause you a lot of pain and trouble when he spanked his child for misbehaving.
According to
The father had used the disciplinary action in October 2012 during a party at a friend’s house.
The Suffolk County social service department alleged he used an open hand and a belt on the boy’s buttocks, legs and arms after they got home.
The incident occurred in March 2013.
A county family court later found the father in neglect.
The identifies of the father and the child were suppressed as art of the family court ruling.
The appellate division has now said under the circumstances the spanking ‘did not constitute excessive corporal punishment’.
‘The father’s openhanded spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force,’ the appeals court ruling said.
The neglect ruling was dismissed, the court said, because evidence collected at a fact-finding hearing that the father hit his son with a belt ‘was insufficient to prove that allegation’.

Proverbs 22:15
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Deuteronomy 8:5
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so theLORD thy God chasteneth thee.

Hebrews 12:7-11
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.