Louisiana officials praise mom arrested for whipping sons as punishment

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BATON ROUGE — A Louisiana mother arrested for whipping her three boys after she found out they had burglarized a neighbor’s house has found herself in the national spotlight and is being held up as a model parent by high-ranking state officials.

Thirty-year-old Schaquana Spears was arrested Monday in Baton Rouge on two counts of cruelty to juveniles. She allegedly whipped her 13- and 12-year-old boys so badly she left marks on their bodies.

But since her arrest, she’s received an outpouring of support.

This week, Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy said Spears should not have been arrested for disciplining her children with corporal punishment.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Friday that he’s grateful his mother used a similar type of punishment to teach right from wrong.

“To be a peaceful and moral society, it is imperative our children learn right from wrong,” said Landry. “I am grateful for my loving mother who did not spare the rod to teach this valuable lesson.”

The attorney general is reviewing the case.