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Kansas City Hospital Adapt No Hitting Policy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Deciding whether to spank your child is a touchy topic for parents. But now - you don't have the choice at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Deciding whether to spank your child is a touchy topic for parents. But now - you don't have the choice at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Parents at Children's Mercy Hospitals were greeted Tuesday with a new "No Hit Zone". It's an anti-spanking initiative being practiced in only a handful of hospitals in the country.

"We want parents to know what kind of behavior we expect while here at Children's Mercy Hospital," said Nurse Practitioner in Children's Mercy Hospital's Child Abuse and Neglect department Amy Terreros.

The No Hit Zone is aimed at curbing adult behavior Terreros says can often lead to devastating long-term effects in children.

"The studies have shown it [corporal punishment] leads to more physical, aggressive behaviors from the child," she said.

Terreros spent Tuesday afternoon posting No Hit Zone rules in elevators, near entrances and exits. Posters describe disciplining alternatives for curious or frustrated parents on the verge of lifting a hand.

"I would agree with that. Anymore, it's not looked upon to spank your kid," said Nichole Stone, a mom visiting CMH Tuesday.

Others say they know corporal punishment isn't advised, but they do it anyway.

"People say it isn't good or we shouldn't do it at all, but kids need spanking and sometimes they get out of control," said Cyniqua Scott, another mother at CMH.

Terreros said if a parent is caught hitting a child inside the hospital, a social worker will be called if the punishment leaves a mark on the kid. The child will also be evaluated by medical professionals.

But because corporal punishment is only illegal if it leaves a mark, a parent won't necessarily get a talking to if he or she hits their child inside the hospital.


(KCTV, Kansas City - for CBS News)


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