This case raises the most important question of every child's constitutional right to liberty, not only the liberty that includes freedom from bodily restraint [citation omitted], but also the liberty that includes the freedom of an ordinary, every-day child in these United States of America-the freedom to live with mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters in whatever the family abode may be; the freedom to be loved and to be spanked; the freedom to go in and oat the door, to run and play, to laugh and cry, to fight and fuss, to stand up and fall down, to play childish games; the freedom to go to school and to frolic with school mates; to go to Sunday school and church; the freedom to watch and listen or not to watch and listen to television; the freedom to buy candy at the corner store, the freedom to be a normal child in a normal household cared for by normal parents.
Willis J. Spaulding,
Post-Parham Remedies: The Involuntary Commitment of Minors in Virginia After Parham v. J.R.,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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