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Shane Warne

Video clips: School caning in Australia

With comments by C. Farrell

Australian cricket star describes receiving a headmaster's caning (1 minute 56 seconds)

Shane Warne (for it is he), talking to veteran British TV interviewer Michael Parkinson, describes getting the cane on his backside, which he says happened to him quite a lot as he was a lazy, rebellious boy and a far from diligent student.

Shane Warne retired from professional cricket at the end of 2006, and this interview was recorded in January 2007.

He was born in 1969; the secondary canings he is talking about will have taken place in the early to middle 1980s, at Mentone Grammar School, a private boys' school in Melbourne, Victoria.

School CP was abolished in state schools in Victoria in 1983, but only much more recently in private schools.

State schools in Victoria used the strap on the hands, but many private boys' schools used the cane on the buttocks.

Shane seems to think he deserved his punishments: he says he holds no resentment at all against his headmaster.


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