This is a practice that some Christian's are very loyal to (other Christian's are horrified by the whole thing of course) and stand firm to the whole idea of hitting children. They use the rod as the tool because "hands are for comfort". As if the child doesn't know whose hands are holding the damn rod??? Cripes. The intelligence level there is frightening.
The article is here: Newsobserver.com
The Pearls have a book on the topic, write a newsletter and advocate for corporal punishment. Maybe Steve should be dropping them a line about child abuse being glorified. They're making money of children's misery...and now a death. Sick, sick, sick.