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Usually I am very proud to be able to call myself English, but this week has reinforced how backward a place it can be to come from and live in. It has been announced smacking children could become illegal in Wales, following the news last month that it is to be banned in Scotland. I was smacked on the bottom, and hand, and even back of the legs if I had angered my mum enough that she would chase me up the stairs as I ran to my room.
So far it seems that my post on school discipline Victorian-style has attracted the most views, so I shall say a little bit more about the cane. Most schoolmasters would have used the cane for discipline, and it was not uncommon for senior pupils to use it on junior pupils as well. In fact the cane was used in British schools into the s I believe, although less often in the later years.
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Tuesday 06 August UK News feed. THE former headmaster of one of the country's leading preparatory schools, attended by the Countess of Wessex, walked from court yesterday after pleading guilty to nine charges of indecently assaulting pupils. Robin Peverett: arrogant.
The teacher, 48, was convicted after a sheriff found he had caused his daughter unnecessary suffering when he pulled her pants down, put her over his knee and smacked her on the bottom in a health centre waiting room after she refused to let a dentist remove a tooth. At present, the law in the UK states that a parent may administer 'reasonable chastisement', but child law expert Kathleen Marshall said the courts have offered wildly different interpretations of the phrase. The primary school teacher, who cannot be named, faces the sack and an effective life ban from teaching.
A FATHER found guilty of assault after he smacked his eight-year- old daughter in public walked free yesterday when a court decided he had suffered enough. Campaigners said the decision was a victory for common sense. The man, a teacher, was told that with his career now in the balance there was little to be gained from punishing him further.