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The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, 9 March 1928, p.1
"Right to Spank" Court Issue
Kansas Mother and Daughter to Settle Feud Over Punishment That
Followed Auto Ride.
By The United Press.
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Kansas City, Kan, March 9. -- A mother and her 16-year-old
daughter were to face each other in court today and settle a
Then there was to be a homecoming and if the mother carries out
her threat to administer corporal punishment, the homecoming was
bound to be a "warm" affair for Lorene Woodside. Mrs.
Woodside said no matter how sorry Lorene feels she must be
severely disciplined for the scandal she has brought down on the
The matter came to a head Sunday night when Lorene and a party of
her friends failed to return home from a motor trip at the hour
designated by Mrs. Woodside.
For this infraction of orders, Lorene charged she was given a
whipping with a clothes hanger. She retaliated by obtaining a
warrant for her mother's arrest on a charge of cruelty. Parts of
her body were black and blue, she said. Late today a police judge
was to hear the evidence in the case and attempt to effect a
The mother said she was ready to go jail if necessary for
administering belated discipline to her daughter
"I'll do anything, even take a whipping myself, if the court
decides I have done wrong," she said.
"I am like a lot of parents today," she said. "I
wanted to save my daughter from the hardships I endured. As a
result I was over-indulgent and pampered her too much."
Mrs. Woodside reiterated her willingness to take back her
daughter -- who has remained away from home nearly a week -- on
condition she returns "with a heart full of love and submits
to any punishment deemed necessary to right her wrong."
The girl's father, J.E. Jones, is in Johnstown, Col., where he is
employed as a chemist for a milk company.
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Florida, 11 March 1928, p.1
Judges Uphold Right to Spank
Kansas City Parents Assured They May But Don't Go Too Far, They Say
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KANSAS CITY, March 10--(AP) -- Disobedient daughters of the
high school age who are spanked at home will find no comfort in
the courts here unless the punishment is cruel and unusual,
parents were assured today by the judges.
Following the conviction of Mrs. Christine Woodside, 34, on a
charge of assault brought by her daughter, Lorene Jones, 16, who
was whipped with a light wooden coat hanger, many parents called
on officials to determine whether in wielding the rod they made
themselves liable to jail sentences or fines.
Don't Go Too Far
They were assured by Probate Judge Henry Meade and Police
Judge Fred R. White, who fined Mrs. Woodside $100, that times
haven't changed so far as old-fashioned spankings go. Fathers and
mothers were cautioned, however, not to make the punishment too
"Go ahead and spank them," Judge Meade told those who
telephoned him and asked what their recourse was to be when their
children needed disciplining.
Judge Meade said he knew at least 150 girls in the city who
needed a good spanking. Most of them were between 11 and 16 years
of age, he added.
"I believe that more whippings would help," Judge White
said, "Parents have a perfect right to administer punishment
in enforcing discipline, but it should not be excessive. They
need have no fear they will be haled into court for ordinary
Stays In Jail
Mrs. Woodside, hotel proprietor and former circus lion tamer,
after a night in jail, stood pat today in her refusal to pay her
fine and also rejected a parole conditioned on her agreement not
to mistreat her daughter again. Acceptance of the parole would be
an admission that she had been wrong, she declared. The mother
said she entertained no sense of guilt and was ready to spank the
girl again when she lied or disobeyed. An attorney started habeas
corpus proceedings to obtain her release but the writ was denied
by District Judge F. B. Hutchings.
Meanwhile, the daughter was with Miss Inez MacKinnon, high school
teacher, and the head of Lorene's Sunday school class. She said
she would not return home until her mother relented.
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St Petersburg Times, Florida, 16 March 1928, p.2
Mother did not spare rod
Rather than pay a fine for whipping her 16-year-old daughter,
Mrs. Charles Woodside (left), of Kansas City, said she would
prefer a jail sentence. The daughter Lorraine Jones (right) left
home after the last whipping and preferred charges against her parent.
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