HUNTINGTON - A state appeals court found a Suffolk County father not guilty of corporal punishment after spanking his 8-year-old son for using foul language.

According to state law, “a parent, guardian or other person with care and supervision of a person under 21, can use non-deadly physical force to maintain discipline or promote the welfare of person."

Family therapist Irene Korolzcuk says she helps parents find other ways to discipline their children.

“They don’t learn anything from a spanking,” Korolzcuk told News 12.  

Instead, she recommends parents take a time out instead of using physical force. “If anything, the child is learning it’s OK to spank, which I am sure is not the message parents want to give their children.”