Michigan town posts "no hit zone" signs

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MADISON HEIGHTS, Mi. (NBC) - In Michigan, signs are going up around the City of Madison Heights for "no hit zones" where parents can't spank their children.

Members of the Madison Heights City Council say it's time for parents to raise children differently, so there will be no spanking at 10 city-owned properties designated as no-hit zones.

The idea was brought up by councilman David Soltis and passed this week at a council meeting. Soltis is a health care administrator who believes spanking children does more harm in the long run.

There are no tickets or penalties for parents who violate the new policy; the signs are supposed to start a conversation to stop child abuse.