CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN schools cORP
Mr G. W. Williamson, ha ad tn enter of the Waipawa sohoo^ the third m size In Hawke'i Bay, m a report to his oommlttee ases some vary plain langasge aboac the use of the oane. He says :— I have made oareful enquiry into the complaint made by Mr Whyman (regarding the excessive punishment of hid boy by Mi Bart, the seoond m«Bter) In aooordanoe with the committee* reqaeat, and find that the punishment was merited. The boy is nearly fourteen years of age, and it would be a hard matter to puoish a boy of that aga aevetfely enough without leaving a mark on bis hands* There mait of necessity be a wale wherever a blow is otraok. I myself do not remember ever being panlahed at aohool m that way without bearing the mark of it for two or three days. The dlaolpl no of the eohool mast be kept up, aad boys of that age, If they transgress, maat oe paotshed In auoh a way as to make them remember it, otherwise it only oreates a langh Amongst them The fact Is tbare Is too maoh ' molly* ooddllng • of boya golngon, to the detriment of all manly fueling. la my time If a boy, went home complaining about being paulahed he would not only have been unmercifully obaffed by the other boys hat would have reoelved another thrashing at the hande of his father for not being man enough to take a hiding when he deserved it. In the polonlea it la ditfarent, and hence the ontoey of larrlkinlam from one end of the country to the other; and £ am afraid It will soon come this, that teaohen will not be able to even looJo at a boy without their being threatened with a report to the school committee It Is no wonder, when aooh a state of things exists, that one finds boys when ordered oat for panishment patting on their caps and running oat of school, as happened to-day when a boy was called oat by Mr Burt. When I acquainted hla sister with it, m order that the lad might be sent baok to aohool whea she returned home, I was ooolly told "Ob, father told him to do so." According to the regulations, oorp >val punishment is to be administered by certificated teaohers, and I shoald wish it known by parents that In the preservation of order and discipline of tha aohool, for whloh I am responsible to the Inspeotor and the Board, at the risk of losing my position if I fail, I ehall never shirk my duly In this respeot, and shoald a boy fail In respect; or obedience he will always get, if he deserves it, a sound good hiding. Speaking from a lengthened experience extending over 30 year* I oan oonBdontloualy assart that there is less corporal panlahment administered m this school than m any other school I know of, and I am afraid Us infrequency Is the cause of so much hubbub being made about It when it does ooour. If Me Whyman still feela aggrieved he hai hli remedy m a oourt of law.
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