I have a rellie in town this weekend and she told me grandson (nearly 13, year 8) went to an expensive boarding school for term 1 because the school offers 13 subjects in year 8 whereas their country school offers 5 (math, english, science, history and social studies, japanese). At this boarding school the seniors have the authority to hand out physical punishment. So when this young boy said "oh sh*t" his mouth was washed out with soap. He went home with bruises from being held and blisters in his mouth.
When the school was contacted, the principal and boarding masters said they can only use reasonable punishments. Washing mouth out for swearing, punishment with a ruler to the knuckles for not working at study nights, ruler to the backs of legs for not having perfectly ironed uniforms at the right length with no tears or anything are all seen as reasonable. The boy is back home now, I saw the notes from the meeting, photos of the kid and an explanation from the school about why this is in place. They are exploring legal options now.
I had no idea this happened and am disgusted and heartbroken for the kids.
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10-06-2012 07:32 #1
Physical punishment in schools
10-06-2012 07:37 #2
yeah there's a school up here who hand out a note asking for parent permission to use the cane in high school, surprisingly a lot have signed it apparently. But at least it's only if parents give permission still bad though!
10-06-2012 07:42 #3
Whaaaaaaat?!?! I was under the impression any type of physical punishment in schools was illegal? That's horrible!
10-06-2012 07:43 #4
Gee whizz! At our school we have to sign to give permission for kids to finish work at lunch if they don't complete it in class time.
10-06-2012 07:44 #5
10-06-2012 07:46 #6
That's so wrong. No one has permission to hit someone, EVER!
I don't believe the parents have a right to sign a form that allows someone other than themselves to be beaten.
In court for assault cases they ask the victim "at any time did you give permission for <offenders name> to assault you." not "at any time did your parents give permission for <offenders name> to assault you"
Wrong wrong wrong
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10-06-2012 09:22 #7
Omg that is shocking! Did I slip through a time warp into the 50s?
10-06-2012 09:30 #8
I can't believe I'm reading this in 2012
10-06-2012 09:32 #9Senior Member
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Oh my god that's awful... What kind of teacher would want to do that?
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10-06-2012 09:38 #10
Who would pay money for their child to attend a school like that?!
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