Corporal punishment must not be reintroduced into schoolsBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7081.677 (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:677
- Jane M Wynne, Consultant community paediatriciana
- a Community Child Health, Leeds LS2 9NP
Editor–Members of the child protection interest group, a subgroup of the British Association of Community Child Health, were appalled to hear that the reintroduction of corporal punishment is to be debated in the Education Bill. Beating is a part of the vision that the secretary of state for education and employment has for education in Britain. Hitting or beating was abolished in state schools in 1987, and a generation of children has grown up without fear of the cane, ruler, tawse, ferule, slipper, or hand.
Since 1987 the British …