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Has all the stress from her failing marriage and the constant media attention about it finally driven Kate Gosselin to hit her kids? It sure looks that way. Kate is under fire after photos were published in In Touch magazine, which show her spanking her daughter Leah. And the mother of eight is making clear that she doesn’t feel like she’s got anything to apologize for. We’re not surprised to learn that Kate is one tough mom…that severe spiky hairstyle alone is enough to send shivers down our spine.

Kate Gosselin released a statement to Life and Style defending her spanking style. Said Kate, “Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first. I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation.” Leah was reportedly spanked because she wouldn’t stop blowing a whistle while mom was on the phone. We doubt she’ll make that mistake again.

A source that observed the incident told In Touch, “(Kate) seemed to lose her temper…Leah was screaming and crying. Kate just pushed her away and walked off with her coffee.”

Okay, well, surely this is a bit of an exaggeration as Kate “walking off” makes it sound like she abandoned her five year old in order to go enjoy the day alone with a cup of coffee (which we have a feeling Kate feels like doing pretty much all of the time.) Still, it’s incredibly unsurprising to learn that perhaps Kate Gosselin is losing her cool. She’s got eight kids to raise, and now she’s doing it pretty much alone because her husband clearly can’t stand to be around her. So maybe these tabloids should cool it with these stories about Kate, if only to keep from driving her over the edge…the calmer Kate is, the greater the chances her eight children have of not having to deal with her wrath…