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All 2012's CP news items, for all countries, in a single date sequence



January -- 13 items

February -- 15 items

March -- 13 items

April -- 9 items

May -- 19 items

June -- 10 items

July -- 11 items

August -- 19 items

September -- 22 items

October -- 7 items

November -- 7 items

December -- 8 items

January 2012

05 JAN....SWAZILAND: Swazi National High shines
Top-performing school maintains good discipline with caning

06 JAN....SINGAPORE: Teen gets jail and cane for rioting with weapon (illustrated)
Six strokes for gangster, 18, pictured

09 JAN....SOUTH KOREA: Student rights ordinance up for re-discussion
Ructions continue over proposed abolition of spanking in Seoul schools

12 JAN....SINGAPORE: Worker attacked foreman with pole (illustrated)
34-year-old, pictured, is ordered 3 strokes for causing hurt with a dangerous weapon

12 JAN....UNITED STATES: Dunbar administrator on leave during LISD investigation (with video clip)
Dispute over whether Texas middle school had parental consent to paddle 11-year-old

18 JAN....UNITED STATES: Lubbock ISD administrator on leave after spanking returns to work Thursday
Assistant principal back on the job amid complaint of bruises on boy's behind

19 JAN....SINGAPORE: IT analyst escapes rape charge (illustrated)
Offender, 37, pictured, has charged reduced to outrage of modesty, gets 3 years and 6 strokes

20 JAN....MALAYSIA: Teen robber to be whipped 10 times
Rare report of juvenile "light caning" sentence for 17-year-old

22 JAN....UNITED STATES: Judge denies inmate's request to be flogged instead of doing time
Man aged 34 wanted two lashes for each year of his jail sentence

26 JAN....MALAYSIA: Bomoh's jail for rape increased to 15 years (illustrated)
30-year-old, pictured, also gets 8 strokes of the cane instead of two

26 JAN....SOUTH KOREA: Seoul proclaims controversial student rights ordinance
City government at loggerheads with education ministry

28 JAN....MALAYSIA: Teen jailed 8 years for having drugs (illustrated)
Plus 10 strokes of the cane for youth, 19, pictured

29 JAN....UNITED KINGDOM: Lammy: Ease smacking rules after riots
London MP says his constituents too afraid of social workers to spank their offspring

February 2012

01 FEB....MALAYSIA: Married couple gets life for possessing, planting cannabis (illustrated)
The husband, 39, pictured, is also sentenced to receive 9 strokes of the rotan

02 FEB....UNITED STATES: Columbus Co. school officials to discuss corporal punishment, ranks #2 in the state
891 paddlings in N. Carolina in school year 2010-2011

06 FEB....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment legal in Ga. schools
21,792 paddlings in Georgia in school year 2010-2011

08 FEB....UNITED STATES: Big Country Schools Defend Corporal Punishment (with video clip)
Paddling situation in central Texas

09 FEB....SINGAPORE: Jail, caning for Orchard Rd rioting (illustrated)
Six strokes for 24-year-old, pictured

10 FEB....ZIMBABWE: Gang gets 20 years for raiding Econet base stations
Named 18-year-old is sentenced to six strokes of the cane

15 FEB....MALAYSIA: Filipino's sentence for child molest enhanced (illustrated)
Offender (age not stated), pictured, now to get six strokes instead of three

17 FEB....ZIMBABWE: Face Book Betrays Rural Boy
Initial incorrect report about youth's "Facebook insult" case

19 FEB....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment is still used sparingly by some school districts
Paddling situation in north-west Texas

20 FEB....ZIMBABWE: Teenager to be caned for Facebook insult
20 FEB....ZIMBABWE: Boy, 17, becomes first to be CANED for calling a woman a prostitute on Facebook
Youth is ordered by magistrate to receive two strokes of the cane

22 FEB....SINGAPORE: Jail, caning for runner (illustrated)
Loan-shark runner, 33, pictured, gets 15 strokes of the cane for harassing debtors

22 FEB....UNITED STATES: Family upset after school paddling leaves bruises
Fuss after Texas fifth-grader is spanked

24 FEB....MALAYSIA: 7 years' jail, rotan for rape of a minor (illustrated)
21-year-old, pictured, is ordered to receive five strokes of the cane

24 FEB....UNITED STATES: McDowell schools No. 3 in paddlings
It is one of 17 school districts in North Carolina still using CP

March 2012

06 MAR....SINGAPORE: Drug trafficker escapes gallows, gets 22 years' jail instead (illustrated)
And 15 strokes of the cane for 33-year-old, pictured

07 MAR....SINGAPORE: Jailed for Downtown East fight (illustrated)
Rioter, 21, pictured, sent to prison for four years and ordered to receive six strokes of the cane

08 MAR....UNITED STATES: 'A last resort': State, local school district allow corporal punishment
Spanking still "widespread" in some Texas schools

12 MAR....MALAYSIA: Man gets jail for raping receptionist (illustrated)
Plus eight strokes of the rotan for 31-year-old, pictured

12 MAR....UNITED STATES: Why Florida Schools Want the Right to Paddle Misbehaving Students (illustrated)
Mostly in the rural northern part of the state; students and paddles are pictured

14 MAR....SINGAPORE: Stiff sentence for loan shark (illustrated)
32-year-old, pictured, gets 21 strokes of the cane

21 MAR....MALAYSIA: Jail, cane for not having proper travel document (illustrated)
Indonesian, 26, pictured, gets three months and two lashes

21 MAR....UNITED STATES: Robeson, Columbus school systems are North Carolina leaders in paddling
But one district has now decided to abandon it

22 MAR....NIGERIA: Court orders Nigerian phone thieves caned
12 strokes each for two 20-year-olds

27 MAR....MALAYSIA: 860 on death row for various offences
And 79,487 canings over six years, government reveals

28 MAR....SINGAPORE: Drug trafficker jailed 21 years, to be caned 15 strokes (illustrated)
Severe punishment for Malaysian, 28, pictured

28 MAR....SINGAPORE: Man gets 19 years for part in violent robberies (illustrated)
28-year-old, pictured, is also sentenced to 24 strokes of the cane

30 MAR....UNITED KINGDOM: Six blows on the rump! Extraordinary records reveal how corporal punishment was meted out in our schools (illustrated)
Primary school headmaster finds 1970s, 1980s punishment book; extracts are pictured

April 2012

04 APR....UNITED KINGDOM: Pupil behaviour worse since abolition of caning, warn teachers (illustrated)
File picture shows manufacture of canes under way in 1965

05 APR....UNITED KINGDOM: Running wild, the idle pupils spoilt by their middle-class parents
School students are out of control, says teachers' trade union

06 APR....SINGAPORE: 22 years, 15 strokes for man who jumped bail (illustrated)
Caning sentence for 29-year-old drug trafficker, pictured

06 APR....UNITED STATES: Huntsville School Superintendent Bans Corporal Punishment
Paddling comes to an end in an Alabama district

12 APR....SINGAPORE: Man jailed, caned for robbing teenager of mobile phone in lift (illustrated)
Robber, 22, pictured, gets two years' jail and six strokes of the cane

15 APR....AUSTRALIA: Bring back the cane
Call in Victoria for schools to restore discipline after figures show increase in violence

16 APR....BHUTAN: Zero tolerance to indiscipline
Stronger school penalties, but CP remains banned though school principals say replacement measures do not work

17 APR....UNITED KINGDOM: Caning in schools (cartoon)
"How will the coalition cope with corporal punishment?"

24 APR....UNITED STATES: Paddle or no paddle, that's the question
One Missouri district no longer uses it

May 2012

05 MAY....SINGAPORE: Downtown East case: Second youth jailed, ordered to be caned (illustrated) (with video clip)
Rioter, 21, pictured, gets six strokes of the cane

07 MAY....NEW ZEALAND: Mystery of school's whacking good book
A punishment book is stolen from a boys' high school

07 MAY....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment in school becomes a controversial topic at Shining Star Academy of the Arts
Florida charter school clarifies policy on paddling

08 MAY....UNITED STATES: Burke leaders ban paddling in schools (with video clip)
No more CP in a North Carolina district

08 MAY....UNITED STATES: Spare the child, part with rod
08 MAY....UNITED STATES: Preserve the paddle (with video clip)
Anti- and pro-CP polemics side by side in USA Today

09 MAY....UNITED STATES: The paddle has been swung in SETx schools 1,500 times this school year (illustrated)
Long piece from Texas with many CP statistics; paddles and a paddling principal are pictured

12 MAY....TANZANIA: 3 in Sumbawanga get 30 years, 12 strokes of cane for armed robbery
Heavy punishment for gangsters aged 18 and 20

15 MAY....UNITED KINGDOM: The old boys get the cane at our prep school reunion (illustrated)
1950s private school punishment recalled; picture shows master with what might be a cane, though more likely a pointer

16 MAY....BRUNEI: No Escaping The Long Arm Of The Law (illustrated)
Five Indonesians aged 23 to 38, pictured, receive caning sentences for robbery

18 MAY....MALAYSIA: Govt mulls abolishing whipping for illegal foreign workers-- Nazri
Minister concedes that JCP has not stopped the immigration problem

19 MAY....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment in schools: Does hitting help? (illustrated)
Ongoing debate in Louisiana; statistics; paddle in current use is pictured

21 MAY....UNITED STATES: Principal Certificate Suspended After Paddling Incident (with video clip)
Fuss over alleged excessive punishment in Texas

21 MAY....UNITED STATES: Mixed views held on paddling's influence
21 MAY....UNITED STATES: Readers: A good paddling never hurt anyone
More on the pros and cons of school spanking in Louisiana

25 MAY....BOTSWANA: Chief's son convicted of theft (illustrated)
"Five strokes on bare buttocks" is the sentence for two 23-year-olds, one of whom is pictured, as the jails are full

25 MAY....BOTSWANA: Habitual criminal awaits sentence (illustrated)
Recidivist, 30, pictured, has been caned on seven occasions before

25 MAY....MALAYSIA: 14 years' jail, rotan for rape and robbery (illustrated)
Eight strokes of the cane for 28-year-old, pictured

31 MAY....SINGAPORE: Jail, cane for NSF turned loan-shark runner (illustrated)
21-year-old, pictured, is ordered six strokes of the cane

June 2012

07 JUN....CANADA: Spank You! Don't come again (with video clip)
Shopkeeper seen on CCTV paddling would-be armed robber into submission

12 JUN....UNITED STATES: Neighbor: I heard boy getting spanked for 15 minutes (with video clip)
Belting of stepson caught on film

12 JUN....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment option reinstated in FC School Dist. (with video clip)
An Arkansas school district brings back the paddle

14 JUN....SWEDEN: Swedish PM slams national football team for playing bare-bottom target game during training (illustrated)
Goalkeeper is pictured bending over with his shorts lowered for punishment

20 JUN....UNITED STATES: Father offers man who slept with his underage daughter jail time for statutory rape or a brutal spanking (illustrated)
Young man agreed to be spanked, pictured

21 JUN....UNITED STATES: Meet The Two Stars Of That Crazy "Brutal Spanking" Video That Just Went Viral
More on the above

25 JUN....AUSTRALIA: States refuse to buckle amid calls to ban cane
CP hardly used now anywhere but QLD, SA and WA are not going to formally abolish it in private schools

25 JUN....AUSTRALIA: Teacher prefers force of fairness
But she once strapped a boy when teaching in Canada

28 JUN....SINGAPORE: Man jailed over fatal robbery (illustrated)
11 years and eight strokes of the cane for robber, 42, pictured

30 JUN....MALAYSIA: Driver, security guard get 17 years, rotan for rape (illustrated)
Two fortysomethings, pictured, ordered to receive six strokes of the cane each

July 2012

05 JUL....SINGAPORE: Wolves in disguise (illustrated)
28-year-old, pictured, gets 16 strokes of the cane for sex crimes

10 JUL....SINGAPORE: Woman slashed with samurai sword (illustrated)
Two strokes of the cane for man, 28, pictured, who attacked neighbour with sword, pictured

10 JUL....UNITED STATES: Local schools end last vestiges of corporal punishment
Paddle is disappearing from certain parts of Louisiana

13 JUL....SINGAPORE: Man sentenced over online nude video extortion scam (illustrated) (with video clip)
22-year-old, pictured, gets five strokes of the cane

19 JUL....SINGAPORE: Four more youths charged for Downtown East riot (with video clip)
Three ordered to receive six strokes each, the other gets three

22 JUL....COLOMBIA: 'FARC rebels' flogged by Colombian tribe (with video clip)
Three fighters are seen on video receiving a public whipping on legs

23 JUL....ZIMBABWE: Four strokes for teenage robber
Caning sentence for boy, 16

24 JUL....ZIMBABWE: Man loses teeth in beer brawl
Court metes out three strokes of the cane to fighting 17-year-old

27 JUL....UNITED STATES: Jefferson Parish public schools formally drop their policy on using the paddle
Another Louisiana district scraps school CP

31 JUL....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment change gets nod (with video clip)
A Tennessee district switches parent form from "opting in" to "opting out"

31 JUL....UNITED STATES: McComb schools tweak discipline, phone policies
Promise of greater use of paddling in a Mississippi school district

August 2012

01 AUG....SINGAPORE: Jail, six strokes of cane for assault (illustrated)
21-year-old, pictured, attacked technician, who later died

07 AUG....MALAYSIA: Youth gets 16 year's jail, rotan for rape (illustrated)
10 strokes of the cane for 31-year-old, pictured

07 AUG....NIGERIA: Teenager caned for stealing gas cylinders
Court orders a 12-stroke caning for 18-year-old

08 AUG....SAMOA: Caning considered as students clash at Savalalo
Prime Minister mulls reintroducing school CP

10 AUG....BOTSWANA: Orphan spared prison sentence (illustrated)
18-year-old, pictured, gets two strokes of the cane for stealing

11 AUG....SINGAPORE: Jail, 13 strokes for serial lift molester (illustrated)
Man, 39, pictured, assaulted women in lifts

11 AUG....SINGAPORE: Robbers beat up victims viciously (illustrated)
Two youths, 20 and 21, pictured, both sentenced to 24 strokes of the cane

12 AUG....UNITED KINGDOM: 'If it was legal, I'd bring back cane'
Says Toby Young, writer and founder of new school

14 AUG....UNITED STATES: LC-M's paddling rule goes unchanged
A Texas school district decides to keep corporal punishment

16 AUG....NIGERIA: Man, 22, receives 24 lashes for theft
Court registrar provides on-the-spot caning to youth who robbed his own father

17 AUG....BOTSWANA: Whipped
"Six lashes on bare buttocks" for escapee from custody, 23

21 AUG....ZIMBABWE: Penis thorn prickle pupils to be caned
Three teen boys ordered to receive two strokes each at the young offender's prison for tormenting younger student

23 AUG....MALAYSIA: Student jailed 10 years for drug possession (illustrated)
Nigerian, 24, pictured, also gets 10 strokes of the cane

24 AUG....UNITED STATES: Lometa trustees change policies
Same-sex paddling rule is dropped in a Texas district

27 AUG....SAUDI ARABIA: Egyptian designer runs afoul of Saudi princess, gets 500 lashes (illustrated)
Woman, 39, pictured, is receiving weekly instalments of 50 lashes in prison

28 AUG....SINGAPORE: Jail for robber seeking reformative training (illustrated)
23-year-old, pictured, must also undergo a 24-stroke caning

28 AUG....UNITED KINGDOM: Teenager suffered humiliating attack (illustrated)
Man, pictured, is jailed for caning 15-year-old prankster

29 AUG....SINGAPORE: Sexual predator gets 18 years' jail, caning (illustrated)
15 strokes of the cane for cleaner, 38, pictured, who indecently assaulted young boys

30 AUG....UNITED KINGDOM: Obituary: Sir Rhodes Boyson (illustrated)
Cane-wielding headmaster who became outspokenly pro-CP politician

September 2012

02 SEP....BOTSWANA: Cell phone thief busted and lashed
21-year-old Zimbabwean "whipped three strokes on his bare buttocks"

02 SEP....MALDIVES: Maldives teenage girl faces lashing for pre-marital sex
16-year-old sentenced to public flogging under Sharia law

08 SEP....SINGAPORE: Five youths jailed, caned over Downtown East murder (illustrated)
Sentences of 10 to 12 strokes for youngsters, some of whom are pictured

09 SEP....UNITED KINGDOM: Thrasher's name can't be beaten
Cabinet Minister was a holdout for caning as a head of house at 1970s Rugby

11 SEP....SINGAPORE: Man gets 13 years' jail for rape and robbery (illustrated)
Plus a 24-stroke caning for 23-year-old, pictured

12 SEP....UNITED STATES: Paddled student's mom files police report in Cordell
Dispute over a school spanking in Oklahoma

17 SEP....ZIMBABWE: Rapist teenager to be caned
Five strokes for boy, 13, to be administered at the Remand Prison

21 SEP....UNITED KINGDOM: School history lesson takes some beating! (illustrated)
Devon school punishment book comes to light

21 SEP....UNITED STATES: School violates policy when girl spanked by male administrator (illustrated) (with video clip)
Paddled Texas teen is pictured with her mother

23 SEP....UNITED STATES: Another parent concerned about spanking in Springtown ISD (illustrated) (with video clip)
A second Texas teen girl is pictured with her mother after a controversial paddling

23 SEP....UNITED STATES: County's ban on paddling may be short-lived
Florida school district may reintroduce CP two years after abolishing it

25 SEP....AFGHANISTAN: Five arrested for flogging of Afghan girl: Official
16-year-old publicly receives 100 strokes of whip

25 SEP....SINGAPORE: Youth involved in gang clash gets jail, caning (illustrated)
Three strokes for rioter, 20, pictured

25 SEP....UNITED STATES: Don't meet Ol' Hickory! (illustrated)
TX middle-school newspaper presents elaborate new paddle, pictured

26 SEP....SINGAPORE: Bogus cop jailed for sexually assaulting girl, 12 (illustrated)
23-year-old, pictured, also ordered to receive 12 strokes of the cane

26 SEP....UNITED STATES: Springtown ISD revises paddling policy (with video clip)
26 SEP....UNITED STATES: School district widens policy on who can paddle students (illustrated) (with video clip)
Same-sex rule is reversed in TX district at centre of CP storm; spanked girls are pictured

26 SEP....UNITED STATES: Alvarado officials say parents like paddling option (with video clip)
No plans to get rid of CP in another Texas district

27 SEP....SINGAPORE: Youth jailed for Downtown East fight: I can't blame anybody but myself (illustrated)
Background story and another picture of to-be-caned youngster

27 SEP....UNITED STATES: Springtown ISD adds insult to injury with gender revision to paddling policy
Columnist suggests the answer to same-sex paddling conundrum: hire more women administrators to paddle female students

28 SEP....MALAYSIA: Former technician gets 3-year jail, two strokes for CBT (illustrated)
30-year-old, pictured, involved in scam with cash machine

28 SEP....RUSSIA: Punishment dispute: to flog or not to flog?
One-third of Russians approve of flogging, poll says

October 2012

02 OCT....NIGERIA: Student, 17, To Receive 12 Strokes Of The Cane For Stealing
He pleads guilty to taking electronic equipment and other valuable items

02 OCT....UNITED STATES: In Marshall, corporal punishment only given to those who opt for it
Only boys get swats in one Texas school district

08 OCT....UNITED KINGDOM: 'Tickle Toby' canings at Lancing College
Housemaster's "six of the best" recalled at a Sussex boys' boarding school

09 OCT....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment in local schools
Policy at another Texas district is examined

11 OCT....MALAYSIA: 50 years for raping teenage girl (illustrated)
Court also sentences 'cruel person', 21, pictured, to 18 strokes of the rotan

15 OCT....FIJI: Too much freedom
High-school students call for the restoration of CP

23 OCT....UNITED STATES: School board maintains policy on corporal punishment
Keene ISD in Texas decides to keep the paddling option

November 2012

01 NOV....MALAYSIA: Burglar gets 96 months, two strokes (illustrated)
36-year-old offender is pictured

15 NOV....JAMAICA: Jamaica to drop flogging of prisoners from law books
Government proposes abolition of the tamarind switch and the "cat"

15 NOV....TANZANIA: Rukwa man takes 30 years for rape
21-year-old will also receive 12 strokes of the cane, in two instalments

15 NOV....UNITED STATES: Growing Movement Would Ban Corporal Punishment In Schools (with video clip)
Paddling controversial, but no moves to ban it across Tennessee

19 NOV....JAMAICA: Seaga weighs in on Obeah debate
More on the planned demise of JCP

25 NOV....JAMAICA: 'At this school we slap kids'
Primary school head is unrepentant about continuing use of CP

30 NOV....SINGAPORE: Man who snatched rifle from soldier was on drugs (illustrated)
31-year-old, pictured, gets five years plus three strokes of the cane

December 2012

04 DEC....MALAYSIA: Youth gets 10 years' jail, five lashes for sodomising boy (illustrated)
22-year-old offender is pictured

07 DEC....SINGAPORE: Loan-shark runner gets jail, caning (illustrated)
Three strokes for 21-year-old army man, pictured

09 DEC....UNITED STATES: School board's decision on corporal punishment criticized by child advocate groups
Disagreements about school spankings in Texas

13 DEC....SINGAPORE: Jail, cane and fine for molesting depressed housewife (illustrated)
Culprit, 31, pictured, is ordered to receive nine strokes of the cane

19 DEC....MALAYSIA: Duo pay a heavy price (illustrated) (with video clip)
Rape and violent robbery culprits, 20 and 21, pictured, receive long jail terms and rotan whipping

19 DEC....UNITED KINGDOM: Memories of the phantom apple thrower of Hellesdon
Mass slipperings on the backside for boys, smack on hand with ruler for girls, at a Norfolk secondary modern school in the 1950s

24 DEC....SINGAPORE: Wield the rod, stem the rot
Indian writer explains Singapore caning system, recommends it for India

28 DEC....BOTSWANA: Beer and cigarette thief spared jail but not the lash (illustrated)
Six strokes for offender, 21, pictured

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