"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," the old saying goes. In a lot of ways, so is ugliness. Particularly, consider the ugly reality of child abuse. It does happen all too often. And when it does, it justifiably raises the hackles of people in Kalamazoo. The trouble is that it is a little hard to clearly define.
According to Michigan law, parents, guardians and anyone else to whom they give authority, has the right to employ some measure of corporal punishment when disciplining a child. The use of force is not ruled out, but the law says it must be "reasonable force." So, the next question becomes, what constitutes reasonableness?