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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s a controversial subject among parents — spanking. Now, officials in Canada want to make the act illegal.

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The Canadian government plans to remove the section of their criminal code that allows teachers and parents to use reasonable force to discipline children.

More than 40 countries, worldwide have banned physical punishment of children.

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Psychologist Gerald Farthing says while he doesn’t think teachers should spank students, parents should have the option. “If we have a loving parent relationship where along with it comes the instruction or the training or the talking, then spanking as a resource along the line can be a very effective strategy.”

The bill will soon be presented in Parliament.

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