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News items about corporal punishment, classified by country, type and month.

THE ARCHIVE PAGES ARE COLOUR CODED: GREEN background for judicial CP, YELLOW for school CP, WHITE for other kinds of CP (domestic, prison, military, reformatory)

Archive - 2003

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Antigua flag ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Antigua & Barbuda/Schools - April 2003
A need for discipline
Editorialist berates parents who refuse to allow schools to use CP

Australia flag AUSTRALIA

Australia/Schools - February 2003
Secrets an open book as Broncos go home
Rugby player finds his 1982 entry in punishment book at old school

Australia/Schools - March 2003
NSW: Man awarded $1.2 million for strapping as schoolboy
Court halves damages payout from Catholic school

Australia/Judicial - June 2003
Offenders should be humiliated: Barnett
Politician calls for courts to be allowed to order CP

Australia/Illicit - July 2003
Endeavour holiday sailor tied and flogged in public (illustrated)
Don't let this happen to anyone else! (illustrated)
21-year-old volunteer, pictured, claims mock whipping, pictured, turned out to be a real one

Barbados flag BARBADOS

Barbados/Schools - February 2003
Straight to the point: Corporal punishment
Columnist says school caning must be kept

Barbados/Schools - March 2003
Nothing wrong with flogging boys only
No case for gender equality in the case of school CP, says letter-writer

Botswana flag BOTSWANA

Botswana/Schools - June 2003
Childline against child lashing
Government decides to retain school caning; rules spelt out

Botswana/Domestic - August 2003
'Corporal punishment the only answer'
Local chief berates "child rights" campaign

Botswana/Schools - August 2003
Controversy Hits Country's New Style of Punishment
More details of new rules for school caning

Botswana/Judicial - October 2003
Councillors urged to lobby for correctional measures
Christian spokeswoman wants juvenile offenders caned instead of locking them up

Botswana/Schools - October 2003
Head teachers prescribe the stick
More caning would help, but the real problem is alcohol, they say

Brunei flag BRUNEI

Brunei/Judicial - January 2003
Local gets 20 years, 15 strokes for syabu
Stiff punishment for drug trafficking

A peek inside prison (illustrated)
Local dignitaries given caning demonstration, pictured

Brunei/Judicial - March 2003
Justice meted out to car thieves
Canings for gang of teens 'n' twenties

Multiple drug offender gets a break
15 strokes for 30-year-old trafficker

Brunei/Judicial - April 2003
Long jail sentence for drug trafficking duo
Male half of couple also ordered to receive six strokes of the cane

Brunei/Judicial - May 2003
Ex-military man's "excessive" sentence reduced
Caning for sex offender cut from four strokes to two

Pep talk seven delinquents will not forget: CID commended
Five teenagers caned after thieving spree

Brunei/Judicial - June 2003
Thai Offenders Lose Gang Robbery Appeal
Judge upholds 12-stroke caning sentence on two

Brunei/Judicial - July 2003
Cable thieves to get two lashes
Rattan for two men and a 16-year-old boy

Local Man Jailed For Car Theft And Syabu
45 months in jail and 9 strokes of the cane for 35-year-old

Brunei/Judicial - August 2003
Teenage thieves lose appeal against caning
Whipping to go ahead for four teen boys

Brunei/Judicial - October 2003
Abductors get massive jail terms and whipping (illustrated)
Heavy canings ordered for four gang robbers, pictured

Bangladeshi's Bollywood antics fail to prevent jail term
27-year-old gets 6 strokes of the cane on top of 10 strokes already ordered the previous year

Local gets 3 years in jail, 7 strokes
23-year-old attacked Indians with knife

Canada flag CANADA

Canada/Domestic - June 2003
Group asks Supreme Court to outlaw spanking (with video clip)
Yet another court battle begins over Section 43

Canada/Illicit - June 2003
Sydney-area teens spanked
High-school hazing paddling rituals in Nova Scotia

Canada/Illicit - September 2003
Police probe hazing attacks (illustrated)
Alberta high school students paddled with boards, pictured

Canada/Domestic - October 2003
Spank away
Editorial attacks proposal to ban parents from spanking their children

Canada/Schools - October 2003
Giving students the strap archaic method of discipline
Letter-writers are parents in an Alberta district where it is still used

Mom upset child was threatened with strap
Boy of 8 was shown strap after fight, but school hasn't used it for two years

Canada/Schools - December 2003
Northern Gateway drops the strap
CP on the way out in another Alberta school district

China flag CHINA

China/Schools - May 2003
Pupil kills himself after school spanking
Boy, 10, got bare-bottom spanking in front of classmates; teacher fired

China/Judicial - Oct 2003
Citizen Cane (illustrated)
Article gives history of judicial flogging, abolished in 1909; drawing shows trousers-down caning at imperial court

Ecuador flag ECUADOR

Ecuador/Judicial - May 2003
Stripped, whipped for cheating
Villagers beat two women with nettles for swindling

Fiji flag FIJI

Fiji/Schools - July 2003
Fiji Women's Crisis Centre concerned about corporal punishment
But teachers' trade union and the Great Council of Chiefs want it brought back

Ghana flag GHANA

Ghana/Schools - June 2003
KOSS students on the rampage
Riots after forty-two senior secondary students caned for missing classes

Ghana/Judicial - July 2003
Irresponsible parents deserve to be flogged - Magistrate
Their neglect of children has caused a spate of armed robbery, he says

Guam flag GUAM

Guam/Schools - October 2003
Board-approved schedules to start Nov. 3
"Last resort" corporal punishment policy under review

Guam/Judicial - November 2003
There is no need for corporal punishment in the public schools
Abolish it, urges local editorialist

India flag INDIA

India/Schools - February 2003
Student gets caned, files FIR against teachers
What can teachers possibly do, asks principal after senior boy's whacking

India/Schools - June 2003
Slapped for skipping school on birthday, Indian boy commits suicide
16-year-old hanged himself in Tamil Nadu state where CP is still legal

Pondy: Probe ordered into beating of student
Boy allegedly severely caned at private school

Discriminatory clauses remain
Writer welcomes proposal to abolish CP in Tamil Nadu

Abhinav parents urge ban on corporal punishment
School blames it on family
Velammal Group threatens to sue Abhinav's parents
Unseemly dispute between school and parents in case of suicide boy

Terrorising students is part of a flawed education system
Teachers have enduring faith in the cane, says columnist (with cartoon)

Now, an engineering college where corporal punishment is daily business!
Students complain of canings and much else besides

India/Schools - July 2003
People's Union demands action against Velammal School
Civil liberties group says boy's suicide was entirely school's fault

Spare the rod
Government should also review the entire system, says editorial

India/Schools - September 2003
Corporal punishment is out: Schools
But it continues in many schools despite ban

Teachers warned against corporal punishment
In Tamil Nadu state it may only be used for "moral delinquency"

Minor spanking is OK, say Vashi schools
Corporal punishment "not an issue" in Mumbai

Indonesia flag INDONESIA

Indonesia/Judicial - March 2003
Aceh's Sharia court opens
Public canings are in prospect for Muslims

Iran flag IRAN

Iran/Judicial - January 2003
Court in Iran sentences prostitution ring members to over 4,000 lashes
Prison terms and 4,710 lashes shared between 90 gang members

Iranian youth flogged for drinking alcohol
Eleven youths receive 100 lashes each

Iran/Judicial - April 2003
Iranian actress faced flogging after public kiss
Sentence of 74 lashes was suspended after she apologised

Iran/Judicial - May 2003
Jail term on Iranian scribe flayed
International row as journalist gets four years, 253 lashes

Ireland flag IRELAND

Ireland/Judicial - April 2003
Poll backs floggings
Majority wants public floggings for serious crime

Ireland/Schools - June 2003
13 claims of corporal punishment investigated in primary schools
Teachers want more effective sanctions for "extreme behaviour"

Kenya flag KENYA

Kenya/Judicial - February 2003
Rustler Jailed for 10 Years
Cattle bandit also ordered to receive six strokes of the cane

Kenya/Schools - March 2003
Bleeding Hearts Ruining Our Kids
Miscreants must be chastised, says columnist who ridicules ban on school caning

Kenya/Schools - April 2003
So now we can beat pupils senseless?
Court acquits teacher for assaulting student; school canings continue in spite of ban

Kenya/Schools - July 2003
Bring Back the Cane, Says MP
Ban on CP has led to high level of indiscipline, he says

Teachers ignorant of Children Act provisions
But they are mostly aware that caning has been outlawed

Kenya/Judicial - September 2003
Changes in criminal law significant
Abolition of judicial CP finally took effect in July

Malaysia flag MALAYSIA

Malaysia/Judicial - January 2003
Cabinet agrees to gallows, long sentences for child rapists
Those 50 and above will no longer be spared caning

Laws should protect as well as punish
No longer any reason to exempt over-50s from caning, avers editorialist

Man Jailed Seven Years For Firearms Possession (illustrated)
44-year-old, pictured, also to receive seven strokes of rotan

Prison executes whipping order on 19 convicts
Rare press report of actual infliction

Malaysia/Judicial - March 2003
Man gets 29 years, rotan for Tabung Haji scam (illustrated)
19 strokes for 45-year-old fraudster, pictured

School dropout gets five years and whipping for rape
17-year-old changes his plea to guilty, gets only one stroke of rotan

45 years' jail for dad who raped child from age of 10 (illustrated)
Fisherman, 42, pictured, also ordered to receive 21 strokes of the cane

Malaysia/Schools - March 2003
Religious School Student Caned 25 Times Lodges Police Report (illustrated)
Schoolboy talks to girl - both whipped 25 times (illustrated)
'Stop all forms of vigilante action'
Two Claim Trial To Causing Hurt To Students
17-year-old, pictured, protests against unauthorised caning of himself and girl, 16

Malaysia/Judicial - April 2003
Cabby jailed 15 years raping daughter (illustrated)
Plus 7 strokes of rotan for 46-year-old, pictured

More foreigners jailed, caned for immigration violations
17 men given a stroke of the cane each

Trio get jail, whipping for firearms possession
Six strokes each for having guns and ammunition

More illegal immigrants jailed and whipped
Token canings for another four

Malaysia/Schools - April 2003
Jail for duo who caned two students in Kelantan (illustrated)
Religious fanatics, pictured, sent to prison for caning school students

Malaysia/Judicial - May 2003
Vietnamese to still get the whip after court rejects appeal
Five illegals jailed and caned despite intervention of their embassy

Nine Filipinos jailed for illegal entry
And one stroke of the rotan each

Rapist gets 50 years in jail (illustrated)
And 20 strokes of the rotan for 34-year-old, pictured

Out of court proceedings for 170 illegals
108 of them are ordered to be jailed and caned

Malaysia/Judicial - June 2003
78 months, two strokes for housebreaking spree (illustrated)
Caning for burglar, pictured

Bugis gets two strokes in addition to 18 months' jail (illustrated)
21-year-old, pictured, jailed and caned for armed robbery

Five foreigners charged with committing immigration offences
Two strokes each for two young Indonesians

Habitual offender gets 10 years for robbing ex-minister
41-year-old with nine previous convictions gets six strokes of rotan

Son Jailed For Mother Assault (illustrated)
Filipino, 27, pictured, is also ordered one stroke of cane

30-year jail terms for sex offenders under new law
Law Minister confirms that rapists will be caned even if over 50

Malaysia/Schools - June 2003
Dealing with indiscipline (illustrated)
Secondary schoolboy pictured receiving the cane as another waits his turn

Behold the bully
15-year-old says whacking from Dad is ten times worse than the canings he gets at school

We're given three strokes of the cane for beating up the teacher
1949 caning in headmaster's study is recalled

Malaysia/Judicial - July 2003
Man jailed 55 years for raping daughter, neighbour's daughters
And 24 strokes of cane for 36-year-old

Rafidah: Stop copycat perverts
Whipping rapists' buttocks not enough, says woman politician

Malaysia/Judicial - August 2003
Indon gets 10 years, three strokes for rape (illustrated)
Offender, 26, is pictured

Policeman gets 15 years and 17 strokes for rape of Indon, Filipina (illustrated)
Two pictures of 27-year-old who was cleared the first time round but convicted on prosecution's appeal

20 years, five strokes for raping step-daughter (illustrated)
44-year-old, pictured, committed the rape four years ago

Youth jailed for stabbing elder brother
Three years plus two strokes of rotan for 18-year-old

Malaysia/Schools - August 2003
Check violence among pupils, teachers
Let schools deal with delinquents the old way
Letter-writers support caning in schools

Malaysia/Judicial - September 2003
Rapist gets 41 years in prison
And 24 strokes of the rotan for 21-year-old

Convicted rapist jailed 32 years (illustrated)
Offender, 36, pictured, also gets five strokes of the rottan

Doctors have right to refuse to...
They may refuse to certify fitness for CP, says doctors' leader

Malaysia/Schools - September 2003
Tackling indiscipline woes in schools
Insufficient caning in school and parental neglect blamed equally for today's disorderly kids

Woes of a discipline master
Too many restrictions on punishment

Malaysia/Judicial - October 2003
Gang ringleader pleads guilty to three rape charges (illustrated)
Serial rapist gets 49 more years in jail (illustrated)
Repeat offender, 34 (pictured twice) given 10 strokes of the cane on top of 22 strokes ordered previously

Caning for 127 illegals
They all get a stroke of the cane and two months in jail

Malaysia/Schools - October 2003
Abdullah supports using cane in school
Education Ministry plans to expand caning powers to control unruly students

Good to revive caning in schools, says Rais
Govt minister wants class teachers to cane, not just heads and discipline teachers

'Allow it only for certain categories'
Cane only for gangsterism, smoking and vandalism, says teachers' spokesman

Musa: Teachers can cane students
It's official: all teachers are now empowered to wield the rod

Only headmaster should cane pupils
Letter-writer doesn't think all teachers are fit to use the cane

Benefits of caning outweigh its flaws
Carry on caning, urges US reader

Spare the rod and you spoil the child
Reader recalls public canings in 1980s and says it worked

Wisdom and folly in wielding the rod (illustrated)
Vox pop reveals diversity of views; student pictured receiving cane in principal's office

Teachers exercise care when caning
Tips on how to do it, from a reader

Caning already a norm in Chinese-medium schools
Girls get it too, unlike at the national schools, says columnist

Malaysia/Judicial - November 2003
Convicted rapist gets another 12 years (illustrated)
And four more cane strokes in addition to ten already ordered for 40-year-old, pictured

Severe Punishment Awaits Along [= loan sharks - C.F.] Under New Act
Illegal moneylenders will be jailed, fined and whipped

38 years jail, 18 strokes of the cane for serial rapist (illustrated)
32-year-old, pictured, told court he would rather have more strokes of the cane than a longer prison sentence

Malaysia/Schools - November 2003
Eight errant students can sit for SPM exam
1,881 canings in Johor state schools so far this year

Unfair to cane boys only
It's discriminatory, says letter-writer

Caning necessary sometimes
Mother who is also a teacher says the cane is better than verbal abuse

Malaysia/Judicial - December 2003
Whip traffic offenders, urge NGOs
Caning errant drivers would reduce accidents, they say

Task force to root causes of social ills proposed
Local state legislator suggests whipping for street crimes

17 years' jail and cane for Thai man (illustrated)
Three strokes for 30-year-old, pictured

Mozambique flag MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique/Schools - March 2003
School Students Protest in Inhambane
Teacher arrested for caning boy

Namibia flag NAMIBIA

Namibia/Judicial - April 2003
Witchdoctors Wanted Above Lawyers in Traditional Courts
Communities call for local courts to be able to inflict CP


New Zealand/Domestic - October 2003
Culture of abuse
Spare the rod
Uproar over proposal to restrict parents' right to spank

New Zealand/Judicial - October 2003
Councillor calls for taggers to be flogged
Public whipping urged for graffitists

New Zealand/Schools - October 2003
Corporal punishment 'not missed' by most
We don't want caning back, says high school principal

Nigeria flag NIGERIA

Nigeria/Judicial - January 2003
20-Year-Old Prince Caned for Drunkenness
Large crowd gathers to watch his second caning in six weeks

Nigeria/Judicial - June 2003
Sharia Court Jails Man For Trespassing Into Girls Hostel
45-year-old also gets 20 strokes of the cane

Nigeria/Schools - June 2003
Lagos Schools: Discipline Still a Long Journey
Canings are part of the beefed-up battle for order in schools

Nigeria/Judicial - October 2003
Sharia Court Orders Woman to Receive 30 Lashes for Arson
Housewife, 45, must also pay a fine

Carpenter Bags 30 Days for Theft
Plus six strokes of the cane after breaking into cars

Nigeria/Judicial - December 2003
Sharia court convicts prostitutes
Eight women get 10 strokes of the cane each

Norway flag NORWAY

Norway/Illicit - November 2003
Men acquitted after spanking youth
They took the law into their own hands and punished 19-year-old alleged thief, pants down

Pakistan flag PAKISTAN

Pakistan/Judicial - March 2003
Experts' panel divided on punishment for drinking
Committee of legal and religious experts debate whether Islamic rules call for 80 lashes for alcohol

Pakistan/Schools - December 2003
No corporal punishment in schools: Zubaida
Pakistan to take away rod to save the child
Beating of students to be outlawed shortly

Philippines flag PHILIPPINES

Philippines/Judicial - November 2003
'Bloody, dying' teener stages prank, jailed
Police spanking for boy at end of his night in the cells


Saudi Arabia/Judicial - January 2003
Indian flogged for sacrilege
70 lashes for urinating on mosque

Saudi Arabia/Judicial - March 2003
Australian flogged for 'thief wife'
Aussie prisoner vows not to scream
Another Aussie faces flogging
Australian Media Whipped Into a Mad Frenzy
Lash man for early release (illustrated)
Aust man in Saudi prison flogged after govt leniency plea
Australian, 56, pictured, is flogged in instalments

Wife Burning
Saudi man sentenced to 6,300 lashes over many instalments, some of them in public

Saudi Arabia/Judicial - April 2003
Students Hit Teacher
75 lashes each for three school students who attacked their teacher

Saudi Arabia flogs 11 men for minor offenses
Public floggings of up to 80 lashes for pickpocketing, sex, booze and drugs

Saudi Arabia/Judicial - May 2003
Briton Freed After Getting Royal Amnesty
Businessman is let off his 800 lashes

Booze brothers face 500 lashes in Saudi
Middle-aged Irishmen awaiting sentence

Saudi Arabia/Schools - June 2003
Yes to Corporal Punishment
60% of public want CP brought back in schools, says poll

Saudi Arabia/Judicial - July 2003
Thomas angry at wife
Australian, now back home, describes his public floggings

'Riyadh 3' Home After 5 Weeks
Filipinos will get 70 lashes once a week for five weeks

Maid Tortured to Death
Wife's mother is ordered 80 lashes for concealing the crime

Saudi Arabia/Judicial - September 2003
3 Years in Prison for Attacking Religious Police in Yanbu
Two also to receive 3,000 lashes each

Saudi Arabia/Judicial - October 2003
Saudi Youth Faces Death for Rape and Murder
His cousin, 16, gets five years' jail and 400 lashes of the cane

Girls' Kidnappers Get 4 Months in Jail
Plus 300 lashes each for three culprits

Saudi Arabia/Judicial - November 2003
Woman Sentenced to 500 Lashes for Immoral Conduct
Young man she married also gets 500 lashes

Seven Jailed for Taking Part in Demonstrations
One of them gets 60 lashes in addition

Temper Justice With Mercy
500 lashes is excessive punishment, says columnist

Singapore flag SINGAPORE

Singapore/Judicial - February 2003
23 years' jail, 24 strokes for Internet sex fiend
26-year-old preyed on teen girls in virtual chatroom

Nabbed for using fake passport at Changi
Bahamas national is jailed and caned

Brothers jailed for bid to extort $10m from drug giant (illustrated)
Canings for brothers, 29 and 34, pictured, after blackmail plot

Singapore/Judicial - March 2003
Runaway jailed, caned for taking part in killing (illustrated)
36-year-old, pictured, gets 12 strokes of cane

Hand severed in fight: 3 teens get jail and caning
Six strokes each for three boys, 16 and 17

Singapore/Judicial - April 2003
What remorse? Jail term upped to 14 years for serial robber, 17 (illustrated)
School dropout, pictured, is to have 24 strokes of the cane

Jail, cane for man who stabbed ex-wife 14 times (illustrated)
40-year-old, pictured, given five years and four strokes

15 years' jail for man who robbed goldsmith's shop
And 24 strokes for 34-year-old with long list of previous convictions

Singapore/Reformatory - April 2003
Teen terror on streets, mouse in court
13-year-old robber caned in boys' home

Singapore/Judicial - May 2003
Good Samaritan's death: Jail for robbery mastermind (illustrated)
24 strokes of cane each for two 30-year-olds, pictured

Vicious parang attack: Three jailed, caned
Two youths given nine strokes, another gets six

Robber caught, thanks to cabby who followed him (illustrated)
28-year-old, pictured, gets 24 strokes of cane

For sex with child prostitute, man gets 12 years, 12 strokes (illustrated)
Indian, 36, pictured, claimed he did not know she was only 12

Jailed for chopper attack that occurred 8 years ago (illustrated)
Absconder from court, then a teen, now 25, pictured, also gets four strokes of the cane

Singapore/Prisons - May 2003
It is time to set information free from Singapore's prisons
Such as for example how many canings are there? Columnist calls for more transparency from government

Singapore/Schools - May 2003
Six Sec 3 boys tape themselves beating classmate
Three teens caned in front of morning assembly for bullying at top school

Singapore/Judicial - June 2003
Man jailed for glass attack on girlfriend (illustrated)
23-year-old, pictured, also receives 12 strokes of the cane

Man jailed for stabbing friend over a loan (illustrated)
And three strokes of cane for culprit, 47, pictured

Singapore/Schools - June 2003
Youth fined $1,000 for bashing teacher
17-year-old had already been caned at school for the assault

Singapore/Judicial - July 2003
Man who bolted from custody gets 1 more year (illustrated)
20-year-old, pictured, gets 12 strokes of the cane for assault

Singapore/Judicial - August 2003
Newton rape: trio each get 16 years, 24 strokes (illustrated)
Maximum canings for three twentysomethings, pictured

Air force officer gets jail and caning for attack at Zouk
Three strokes for lieutenant, 24

18 strokes for man who robbed and molested woman (illustrated)
22-year-old culprit, pictured, also given 5½ years in prison

Convicted trafficker to testify against 'boss'
20 years' jail and 24 strokes for 33-year-old

Singapore/Judicial - September 2003
Teenage monster gets 20 years and 24 strokes (illustrated)
17-year-old, pictured, raped and molested girls aged eight to 12

Singapore/Judicial - October 2003
Condo guard turns rapist terror (illustrated)
17 years and 24 strokes for 24-year-old, pictured

Singapore/Schools - October 2003
Mostly 'thoughtless pranks': St Andrew's
But serious bullies get the cane at this boys' secondary school

Singapore/Judicial - November 2003
Hotel rapist gets 26 years, 24 strokes (illustrated)
28-year-old, pictured, raped air hostess twice

Singapore/Judicial - December 2003
Robber gave up after a year on the run (illustrated)
12 strokes of the cane for 23-year-old, pictured

Jail, cane for man who drove car into stranger
Six strokes for driver, 35, in unusual case where the dangerous weapon was the car

Thai gets 6 years, 12 strokes for plank attack
20-year-old injured another Thai in violence over prostitutes

11 illegals caught swimming into S'pore
Ten Myanmar nationals get four strokes of the cane each

S. Africa flag SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa/Schools - March 2003
Corporal punishment lives on
Even students want caning brought back

S. Korea flag SOUTH KOREA

South Korea/Schools - May 2003
Students cite slip in respect for teachers
70% of students questioned said CP by teachers was fair

South Korea/Schools - September 2003
7 in 10 Schools Allow Corporal Punishment
Ministry of Education gives statistics

The ills of corporal punishment
Parents' spokesperson doesn't approve of it

Switzerland flag SWITZERLAND

Switzerland/Domestic - July 2003
Swiss court lets parents smack child
But not repeatedly or regularly

Taiwan flag TAIWAN

Taiwan/Schools - January 2003
Shihpai students lashed for buying lunches off-campus
Junior high boys and girls chose paddling over demerits; Ministry disapproves

Tanzania flag TANZANIA

Tanzania/Judicial - January 2003
Convict reaps 30 years in prison plus 12 strokes of cane
19-year-old found guilty of raping girl, 11

Tanzania/Judicial - December 2003
Village officials cane recalcitrant villagers
Part of campaign to enforce cultivation of cassava

Thailand flag THAILAND

Thailand/Schools - June 2003
Corporal punishment in schools
Parent complains about teacher's use of cane in class; official spells out rules on CP

Thailand/Reformatory - July 2003
Softer treatment weighed for teens
Ban proposed on caning for juvenile inmates

Trinidad flag TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Trinidad/Judicial - June 2003
Judge: Flog child offenders
Regrets no power to order flogging for adults who rape children

Trinidad/Schools - July 2003
Support For Corporal Punishment Grows
Banned 3 years ago but now parents, teachers and students want it back

Uganda flag UGANDA

Uganda/Judicial - January 2003
Flog the Corrupt, Mbale Voters Say
Public Flogging the Answer?
Residents want public flogging for corrupt public officials

Uganda/Schools - June 2003
Including the class teacher's name on the noise-makers list
Writer recalls classroom mass canings

Uganda/Judicial - July 2003
Mbale clan condemns incest
Offenders will henceforth be fined and get strokes of the cane

Busia Woman Punished For Late Coming
Village council canes tardy woman, 29

Uganda/Schools - July 2003
Teachers Warned On Corporal Punishment
Govt says it will close school if caning doesn't stop

I Was Caned 58 Times In School (illustrated)
Woman's personal account is accompanied by cartoon

Why caning is an issue (illustrated)
CP is banned but teachers say they lack alternatives; picture shows senior girl being caned

Uganda/Schools - August 2003
Teachers Interdicted Over Caning
Five primary school teachers in trouble for breaching CP ban


UAE/Judicial - January 2003
Nine get jail sentences
Plus lashings for running a brothel and attempted killing

UAE/Schools - March 2003
Spanking for girls who beat up school counsellor
Sisters receive punishment in front of whole school

UAE/Judicial - May 2003
Seven jailed for various offences
Four get 95 lashes each for adultery, another gets 80 for drinking alcohol

UAE/Judicial - August 2003
Two get prison terms, lashes for committing adultery
Arab man and Chinese woman are ordered 80 lashes each

Teenage girl to get 90 lashes, to be deported
15-year-old expatriate convicted of adultery


UK/Schools - March 2003
First Muslim school may face closure
Scottish private school in trouble amid claims of corporal punishment

UK/Domestic - May 2003
I'm A Hero
Evangelical preacher cleared of assault after belting boys

Childminders are to be banned from smacking
No CP even with parents' approval

UK/Judicial - May 2003
Bring back birch, demands Mayor
Anger over vandalism in Northern Ireland town

UK/Schools - May 2003
For whom the belt told
A look back at the Scottish tawse; some wish its return

UK/Domestic - June 2003
MPs call for ban on parents smacking children
But shadow spokesman says it's an outrageous and preposterous idea

Law smacks of nanny nonsense
Columnist finds it very worrying that people equate light spanking with child abuse

UK/Schools - June 2003
Coach denies sex assaults on boys
He smacked their bottoms to motivate them

Coach cleared of sex assaults
Jury clears the spanking basketball coach

Ulster schools defying slap ban
Seven Presbyterian schools in Northern Ireland are still using CP

UK/Schools - July 2003
Can today's pupils cope with old-school values?
TV show tries to recreate 1950s school but without the CP

It won't be the old school without the agony
Caning was at the heart of the old system and it can't be recreated, says columnist

UK/Domestic - August 2003
Belting verdict angers children's groups
Scottish court clears man of assault after he strapped boy

UK/Judicial - October 2003
Back to basics in Blackpool
Bring back birching for young tearaways, urges young speaker at party conference

UK/Schools - October 2003
I held the record for being caned (illustrated)
Rock star Sting (pictured as a boy) describes his 1960s swishings at Catholic school

UK/Judicial - November 2003
MSPs told to get tough with thugs
Restore corporal punishment, public tells Scottish politicians

UK/Schools - November 2003
Teachers in sorry mess
Former teacher says discipline declined overnight when the cane was withdrawn

Case going to House of Lords
Christian schools appeal against court ruling that upheld caning ban

UK/Schools - December 2003
For Fash - the clash (illustrated)
Former footballer John Fashanu, pictured, goes back to old school and meets man who caned him in 1977


US/Domestic - January 2003
Judge rules spanking of girl, 14, by man OK
He pulled down her pants and put her over his knee

US/Illicit - January 2003
Lawyer: Juvenile court should handle teen paddling case
High school hazing paddling in Pennsylvania

US/Schools - January 2003
Raytown South suspends Lathrop, Crudup
Lathrop says paddle goes back to 1960s (illustrated)

Veteran coaches say game changing
Legendary K.C. area coach takes hit in changed world (illustrated)

Paddle casts shadow over Cardinals' season
Missouri basketball coach, pictured, in trouble for paddling his boys

Committee recommends corporal punishment repeal
Wyoming House Education Committee endorses bill to end school paddling

Police investigate paddling of Vidor student
Texas high school senior, 17, punished in principal's office, claims his back injured

Bill would ban spanking in schools
Wyoming House approves prohibition of school spanking

US/Domestic - February 2003
Beat 'em Up, Teach 'em Virtue
Texas politician wants legislation to encourage parents to spank

US/Illicit - February 2003
Plea reached in student paddling case (illustrated)
Two 17-year-olds, pictured, put on probation after hazing high school freshmen in PA

US/Reformatory - February 2003
Charges dropped against Christian academy's founder, wife
Missouri reformatory has no case to answer

US/Schools - February 2003
Corporal punishment tackled by Delaware students
Senator introduces legislation to outlaw school c.p.

New complaints rise against removed priest
New York State priest, "strict disciplinarian", gave boys whacks on bare behind

Administrators defend corporal punishment in schools
Another parental complaint about excessive paddling in Alabama

Paddling becoming rarity in schools
Spanking of students, used sparingly, seems to work, says AL education official

Suit alleges paddling at WMHS too harsh
High school football player was paddled "with excessive force" in Louisiana

Senate narrowly defeats corporal punishment repeal
Carry on school paddling in Wyoming, for now

Cape Coral teacher gets probation for spanking disabled student
He pulled down 12-year-old's pants and put him over his knee

Spare The Child
Time for Missouri to ban the school paddle, suggests leader-writer

Suspended principal expects to lose job over discipline allegations
Missouri elementary school head allegedly spanked three students, contrary to local rules

Student suing school board over paddling
Louisiana cheerleader, 13, spanked in front of class

State law allows paddling, and AEA backs Jackson teacher
Teacher physically attacked after AL assistant police chief's daughter, 12, swatted in hallway

When is paddling appropriate?
Perhaps it should be kept in reserve for the most serious offences, wonders Louisiana editorialist

US/Judicial - March 2003
The spanking judge of Galveston County
Texas judge has paddle and uses it

US/Schools - March 2003
City stops paddling; county's still swinging
Girl, 14, spanked in AL assistant principal's office despite aunt's note

County board exonerated; teacher's case will resume
Yet another disputed paddling case in Alabama

Fewer students feeling the sting
Two thirds of Florida districts still spank students

Paddled student's family files claim
AL girl had red marks across buttocks following school paddling

Delaware House forbids corporal punishment
Bill passes by 22 votes to 16, now goes to Governor

US/Domestic - April 2003
Court: Paddling Case Not Child Abuse
Mother and stepfather exonerated; boy, 13, had trouble sitting down for several days

US/Reformatory - April 2003
School closed amid abuse allegations will reopen
Court's go-ahead for paddle-wielding Christian boarding academy in KY

US/Schools - April 2003
Mount Vernon-Enola parents want legal action in alleged racial threat
Two seniors at AR school chose paddling over suspension

Spanking bill signed
Governor signs CP ban into law in Delaware

Court spanks social workers
They were wrong to harass WI Baptist school over swats, rules appeal court

There's no 'pop' culture anymore
Texas teacher bemoans the decline of the paddle

District will let contracts of embattled principals, teachers lapse
One principal accused of spanking in Kansas City, MO

Soldier, airman sought to serve (illustrated)
Army private, 19, pictured, killed in action in Afghanistan, held record for paddlings at his OK school

US/Domestic - May 2003
High court upholds judge's ruling that spanking was child abuse
Stepfather used belt on boy, 12

Boy Reports Father for Paddling
13-year-old bruised after punishment for poor school grades

US/Schools - May 2003
Priest's N.Y. accusers shocked to hear of his move to Boys Town
Pants-down spankings admitted at 1970s New York high school

Southland Taping Incident
TX parent complains school taped her son's mouth shut, instead of "busting his tail" as she had instructed

School dumps policies
No more paddling in Angleton, Texas

Witness: Teacher broke policies
Case of paddled 12-year-old girl in Alabama continues

Paddling principal won't face charges
10-swat punishment of boy, 13, was within the rules, says TN court

Corporal punishment in schools
Board set to revisit corporal punishment
Moves toward possible abolition in Mobile, AL

US/Illicit - June 2003
A&M's elite cavalry unit is under fire in hazing case
77 military cadets disciplined after paddling "27 sophomore backsides"

US/Reformatory - June 2003
Abuse Charges Hit Reservation
Lawsuit over church-run boarding institutions in SD cites decades-ago CP amongst much else

Bethel Operators Defend Themselves
Cadets at MS military bootcamp claim abuse; rules allow use of CP

Belt beating may have been part of good-bye hazing ritual at center
Alleged whipping of 17-year-old girl under investigation at CT institution

US/Schools - June 2003
Corporal punishment still has a place in today's society
School system should stop paddling right now
Pro and anti arguments side by side in Jackson, TN

Best schools avoid corporal punishment
Article suggests statistical correlation [which, even if true, would not prove a causal relationship -- C.F.] between quality of school and absence of CP

Spanker Tried To Bribe Kids: DA
Dean of students accused of spanking boys in New York City

Tecumseh School Board tables tobacco, keeps drug tests random
Teachers in an OK district want paddling reinstated

School board votes to end corporal punishment
Mobile, AL, moves closer to abolition; fear of lawsuits cited

Paddling isn't a hit in most districts
Ohio statistics analysed: CP more common in rural areas

Dallas Independent School District may end paddling
But some black trustees say CP is part of their culture

Interview with Ron Price
Fox News chat show talks to pro-paddling Dallas ISD trustee

Paddled girl's bruises looked like abuse, say Clarke school officials
School system to pay $30,000 for 12-year-old's paddling bruises
AL family settles for much smaller amount than claimed; officials must review CP policy

Corporal punishment criticized at meeting
Further discussion in Mobile, AL, but hardly anyone turns up

Principal cleared of cruelty, but criminal past made public
Four-swat spanking of FL girl, 6, was not cruel, grand jury holds

Bus Driver Allegedly Spanks Teens For Sex
High-school girl and boy in PA got pants-down whackings after security video caught them having sex on bus

US/Domestic - July 2003
Ain't nothin' wrong with spanking
We have created a generation of mean-spirited monsters, avers columnist

Boca man devises stinging stick to discipline children
New invention delivers a stinging but not injurious blow

US/Illicit - July 2003
Spank gets store owner in trouble
9-year-old spanked after contretemps with parrot outside shop

US/Schools - July 2003
Man accused of spanking, kissing boys
Cinekyd exec may face 200 years
Police search school founder's house for spanking evidence
Huge fuss over birthday spankings at media arts school

Northampton County Schools Add Corporal Punishment As Discipline Option
Paddle is back in a district of NC, but only for grades 1 to 3

Exit Exam scores in District 4 show mixed results
A district in SC tightens its CP rules

BOE talks yield minor results
Board member in a GA district suggests paddling instead of expensive alternative school for troublemakers

Probation likely for school bus driver who spanked teenagers
He admits his role in PA spanking incident

Paddling no longer an option in GISD
CP abolished in Galveston, Texas

Tecumseh teachers seek new punishment policy
Paddling reintroduced in a district of OK

Principal faces abuse charges after paddling
Boy at Florida Christian school "developed large bruises on his buttocks"

School spankings still common
At any rate they are in Wichita Falls, Texas

Campobello pastor and wife start Christian school
New SC school will use corporal punishment with parental consent

US/Domestic - August 2003
Jury acquits man charged in spanking
He punished daughter, 14, with belt

McCann: A firm hand has its place
Don't ask me how spanking works, I just know it does, claims columnist

US/Reformatory - August 2003
Heartland founder testifies in lawsuit (illustrated)
Removal of students was illegal, argues paddling institution in Missouri; some of its students are pictured

US/Schools - August 2003
Paddling policy revised by DISD
CP not to be abolished after all in Dallas, TX

Support for a smack on the bottom
Board member wants to see more students paddled (illustrated)
Push for more paddling in a FL district; paddle is pictured

Schools spare the rod
Only 331 paddlings in a GA district and none at the high school

Waynesburg administrator says paddling an acceptable discipline option
Report from last PA school still paddling; state ban becomes law early next year

Corporal punishment returns to Tecumseh
But parents may choose to withhold permission

Private spankings spark controversy at art school
Media arts school teacher to stand trial for spankings
Overview of PA media arts school case

Athletic director indicted in sex case
Teen boy spanked at NJ school

Student paddling sanctioned
A Florida school board supports CP as a last resort

Paddling has no place in school today
FL columnist sees both sides of the argument but comes down against it

Savran: He pointed the way and had real impact
Columnist recalls deterrent effect of football coach's whacks

Touchy-feely discipline
Paddle them and move on
FL letter-writers support CP

School board considers a ban on corporal punishment
School board removes paddling
No more CP in Mobile, Alabama

US/Reformatory - September 2003
Suits, arrest renew reform school debate
Paddling tales at yet another Missouri reformatory

US/Schools - September 2003
Spanking policy draws criticism, praise (illustrated)
Report with pictures from TX school where students get paddled for untucked shirt tails

Brevard County School Board fires veteran teacher
Teacher accused of spanking in a FL district where it is not allowed

US/Domestic - October 2003
Parental corporal punishment questioned
Tennessee Supreme Court wonders if spanking is still a parental right

Coroner candidate's cousins called 911 after 'swats' (illustrated)
Official, pictured, regularly paddles his two twenty-something cousins on their buttocks

Today's children need old-school discipline
Writer, 21, thinks kids need more 'whuppins'

Coroner candidate defends swattings as 'tough love' (illustrated)
Sanders abandons race
Deputy coroner, pictured again, withdraws from election after fuss over his habit of paddling his cousins

US/Schools - October 2003
Cherokee schools consider banning spankings
Paddling policy to be reconsidered in a GA district

Court: Schools liable for punishment
School boards should revisit corporal punishment policies
Principal not immune from lawsuits if spanking is excessive, US circuit court rules in Alabama case; local editorial warns schools

Price of the paddle: Will Rapides schools stop paddling to save legal fees?
A Louisiana school board is told they can't afford lawsuits over CP even when they win them

State ranks fifth nationally in corporal punishment
Debate continues in Oklahoma

Schools ban corporal punishment
Paddling comes to an end in Cherokee, Georgia

District 4 closer to retiring 'board of education'
A district in South Carolina considers throwing away its paddles

US/Domestic - November 2003
Minister To Go On Trial For Spanking Two Child Parishioners (illustrated)
Brothers describe pain of spankings
Pastor is off the hook
Spanking minister says he'd do it again
Evangelical priest, pictured, used belt on boys 11 and 12, is cleared of assault by court

US/Schools - November 2003
Cohen girls basketball coach suspended
She paddled several team members, in contravention of local policy in a Louisiana district

School bans on violence fuel debate on spanking
Differing paddling policies noted in various parts of Colorado

School paddling issue focus of parents' lawsuit
Louisiana principal paddled boy but parents had forbidden it

Teacher's supporters go to board
Elementary teacher in Ohio placed on leave after slapping incidents

Mexia ISD puts up the paddles for now
CP ends in a Texas district

Danny helps Mo make an impact on Desire Street
Reporter overhears a paddling at a New Orleans private school

US/Domestic - December 2003
Christmas came early for adopted child
9-year-old boy wished for and got a spanking

US/Illicit - December 2003
Court: Spanking intended no harm
Birthday spankings now banned at MN maintenance plant

Little Haiti shop owner says he's justified in spanking teenage girl
13-year-old called FL shopkeeper names and threw things at him

US/Schools - December 2003
Judge rules schools can't paddle students if parents disagree with policy
Court in Louisiana rules that school may not need parental consent to use paddle, but mustn't use it if parents explicitly forbid it

Corporal punishment not the norm at parochial schools
Religious schools worried after TX severe beating case

Panel proposes ban on paddling
Pennsylvania CP prohibition still mired in dispute

Consolidated 4 tightens policy against gangs
A South Carolina district confirms paddling ban

Discipline on the front line (illustrated)
Article on daily life of assistant principals, pictured, at a Memphis high school; paddle is in use

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Zambia/Judicial - November 2003
Parliament supports repeal of corporal punishment
No more judicial caning, even in local courts

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Zimbabwe/Schools - May 2003
Letters & Opinions
Reader alleges senior students inflict CP on younger boys at Bulawayo private school

Zimbabwe/Judicial - October 2003
Juvenile rapist to be caned
Magistrate orders 15-year-old to receive five strokes of the cane

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