A MAGISTRATE'S EXPLANATION,
United Press Association—Per Electric Telegraph. , Chrtstchuroh, June 9 Mr H. W. Bishop, S.M., has reserved his decision with regard to an application for leave to appeal against his decision m fining a schoolmaster 40s for giving a girl a stroke with a strap for making mistakes m spelling. Regarding this case^the Magistrate has explained to an interviewer that he did not lay down a general principle condemning corporal punishment m schools, and the case did not call upon him to lay down such a principle. It was quite a special case, and it was shown that there had been an express condition accepted by the schoolmaster that corporal punishment should not be inflicted on|the child. In view of such an explicit agreement, he had held there had been no justification for inflicting corporal punishment. It would be a rash thing to say that a general principle could be laid down where so variable an element as human character enters both on the side of the pupil and on that of the teacher. In the particular case referred to, the schoolmaster should have refused to take the pupil under the conditions stipulated, or having done so, and finding it inimical to discipline, he should have brought the matter before the School Committee and written to the parent before chastising the child. He had not followed either course, and showed animus by ignoring a letter written to him on the subject by the parent.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905
Corporal Punishment Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905
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