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Published:Sunday | July 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Calvin Walters
Bernard Kluvi
Lorraine Clarke
Mark Darby
Toussaint Brown

Jamaicans sound off on corporal punishment.

Calvin Walters:

My opinion is that flogging or beating is necessary to instil discipline. However, it should not be overdone. In fact, the Bible says, 'Don't spare the rod and spoil the child'.

Bernard Kluvi:

Beating a child is not child abuse, and it's simply because that is how we were brought up, and it worked.

Lorraine Clarke:

I think there is nothing wrong with beating a child, but it's the manner in which it is done. For instance, if a parent use something harmful to beat the child then something is wrong, but beating is necessary to instil discipline, and a child can be abused verbally as well, so even when you talk to a child you have to exercise caution in the manner that it is done.

Mark Darby:

Beating a child is not abuse. You can do without beating, by talking to the child. When you beat a child it can put fear in them and that may silence them, but by building a relationship to talk to your child, then he will relate to you better.

Toussaint Brown:

It all depends on the amount of beating you give that child. Beating is a way to send a warning to them and to discipline them, not to hurt the child.