The Duggars, like many parents, spank their kids. What makes the reality show parent’s discipline methods newsworthy however is that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar allegedly use a “rod” to mete out household justice.
Writes Gawker: “After InTouch published a 2006 police report last week that detailed Josh Duggar’s molestation of his sisters, Josh admitted to the abuse in a statement to People… But there’s another accusation in the police report that the Duggars have not addressed. In a police interview with an unnamed Duggar child, the child admits to an investigator that the Duggar parents spank their children, and that ‘they have a rod.’”
In the heavily redacted police report, read here in its entirety, a police investigator asked Josh Duggar, the eldest son in the Duggar family, about whether or not his brothers and sisters are spanked. Josh, who was 18 years old at the time of the 2006 interview, told the investigator that his family used rods on the children.
The report reads:
Inv. Taylor asked [Josh] about getting spanked. He said that when [redacted] is bad that his mother and dad spank [redacted]. Inv. Taylor asked what they use to spank. [Josh] said they have a rod. Inv. Taylor asked if they do this to all the kids and [Josh] said yes. Inv. Taylor asked if they leave any bruising; [Josh] said no.
Perhaps the Duggars, who pride themselves on Scripture, are thinking of Bible verses like Proverbs 22:15: “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a boy, but the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” Or a similar verse at Proverbs 29:15: “The rod and reproof impart wisdom, but a child left unrestrained brings shame on his mother.”
In Bible times, the Hebrew word for “rod” means the same as a stick or staff, the sort that a shepherd uses as a guide to lovingly lead his sheep in the correct way and to steer them clear from peril. In a similar way, the “rod” of parental authority is exercised with firm guidance coupled with tender correction. Brutality is not Christian discipline.
It appears the Duggars prefer administering corporal punishment, though they have never admitted to spanking any of their kids.
In 2010, mom Michelle Duggar was asked directly by a fan if they “do or have ever had to spank your children?”
In response, Michelle wrote on her TLC blog that “people ask us that all the time,” and although she gives a lengthy reply, she never answers the question.
“You praise someone publicly, but if you’re going to have to correct someone, you correct them privately,” Michelle wrote, in part. “You take them aside and talk to them privately so that you don’t humiliate them in front of people. And by doing that I think it really sets a tone in your home of peace and harmony and a joyful place to live – it really is a happy place to be.”
The shocking police report was revealed earlier this month. The report details sexual molestation allegations against Josh Duggar. The report states that back in 2002 and 2003, when Josh was 14 to 15 years old, he sexually fondled at least five young girls – four of them being his sisters – in their breasts and vaginas.
The report was confirmed by Josh, his wife, and Josh’s parents, who described the incident as a “dark period in their lives,” causing the entire family “to seek God like never before.”
The statue of limitations has expired on any legal recourse against Josh by his victims.
Josh Duggar, who is now 27, issued a statement, writing:
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.”
TLC has not decided yet whether they will cancel 19 Kids and Counting, reports MSN News.
The Duggar family has not commented on the rod and spanking allegations.
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What’s your take? Should kids be hit with a spank on occasion, consistently, never?