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Parents in one Detroit suburb are being told not to spank their children in public.

With a 5-1 vote last month, Madison Heights’ city council adopted “Hit Free Zones” in at least 10 public areas in an effort to stop violence of any kind, including children hitting other children.

But councilman David Soltis says that spanking was forefront in his mind when he proposed the resolution, which comes with no penalty for violators.


Signs at the local library, police station, recreation center, and city hall aim to send a clear message to strict parents. But they aren’t without detractors. “Current state law allows parents to spank their children, and I do not believe it is the role of the city to dictate how people discipline their children,” says councilwoman Roslyn Grafstein, a mother of two who opposed the move.

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