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School beatings are caned.

THE European Court of Human Rights ruled this day in 1982 that parents could deny schools the right to beat their children. The legally binding ruling was the beginning of the end of corporal punishment in state schools.

Grace Campbell took a private case to court in a bid to get Strathclyde Regional education authority to guarantee her 11-year-old son would not be beaten with the tawse, a leather strap used to beat the palm of the hand.

David Hart, general secretary for the National Association of Head Teachers said the judgement - which does not ban caning - would have to distinguish between children who are allowed to be beaten and those who are not.

My advice to members is -carry on caning, he said. But, Tom Scott of Stopp, the Society of Teachers Opposed to Physical Punishment, welcomed the ruling. It is a tremendous day for children, parents, teachers and society as a whole, he said.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2012
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