In the UK corporal punishment in state schools has been outlawed since 1986. But in privately funded schools until 1998 in England and Wales, 2000 in Scotland and 2003 in Northern Ireland.
However it is still used in some very highly regarded privately run schools if the parents sign a waiver, if they don't the pupil will not be given a place.
In fourth grade I had a teacher named Mrs. Kennedy and her husband was Coach Kennedy.
She would send as many as ten kids into the hall two times a day to be beat by the coach with a paddle.
Somehow I always ended up in the hall. Two or three times a day.
I couldn’t tell Dad, he had already swore he’d beat me if I got in trouble at school, his abuse was legendary so I stayed silent.
One day Tina was sent to the hall, Tina was a natural Disney Princess and I doubt she knew that about herself. She told her Dad, he came to school, he pressed charges. We had a new teacher.
I never got to thank Tina’s Dad, but recently I heard that he died and it made me sadder that I was when my Dad died.
I saw this on the national news tonight. This is not only abuse but I suspect a racist event as the mother (who filmed this as she entered the room) does not speak English. The mom came up to pay for the computer the girl scratched and walked into the room just when the paddling started. The child has been transferred.
There was no corporal punishment in the schools I attended in northern NJ during the 60s and 70s.
However, I did my junior year of high school in south Florida. I was absolutely shocked to learn that "paddling" was permitted. It never happened to me, but I knew there was no way in hell I would submit to it.
I also know that if I'd have had kids, I wouldn't allow anyone to use physical punishment on them.
It's archaic, it's ignorant, it's cruel,and it's unnecessary.