LARGO, Fla.-- Is slapping a teenager old-fashioned discipline or abuse?
A Largo grandmother is trying to answer that question after she spent the night in jail for slapping her granddaughter.
Until last week, 73-year-old Terry Collier didn't have a criminal history.
A week ago, she got into an argument over homework with her 18-year-old granddaughter, Felicia.
That's when Collier says Felicia had some vocabulary words for her.
"She uses the F-word like 'the', and I know the kids that age use it all the time, but it's not my language," Collier explained. "So I got up and slapped her across the face, just as simple as that. Now that she's 18, she's an adult and all of a sudden, she can do whatever she wants, she doesn't have to listen to me."
Felicia called the police, who came and arrested her grandmother.
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Collier spent the night in jail with the other inmates.
"I'm sure they were surprised to see you she was asked. "Um hmmm. They all came up to me, everyone of them, wanting to know, what are you in here for?" she said.
A police spokesman said that department policy results in an arrest in most domestic abuse cases, regardless of age or gender.
Collier said the situation called for tough love. The state attorney agreed and dropped all charges.
Reported by: Natalie Shepherd/WFLA
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