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Europe may rule on school punishment.

A MERSEYSIDE school may take its fight to use corporal punishment to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Christian Fellowship school in Edge Hill, Liverpool, is leading a test case to see if smacking pupils can be brought back into independent schools.

But yesterday the House of Lords rejected the claim by teachers and parents representing 40 independent Christian schools around the country that the ban on corporal punishment infringed their human rights.

They argued that the schools were set up to provide a Christian education based on Biblical observance and this meant the use of corporal punishment.

Previous court decisions have all gone against the claimants since the action was launched in September 1999.

Phil Williamson, head teacher at the Christian Fellowship school, said after the ruling: ``At this stage, I am considering going to the European Court of Human Rights.

``I believe it is in the interests of our children to have moral codes inculcated into them
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2005
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