Quite a few times. Not a cane but a strap, green flash trainer or the leather cover at the end of the climbing ropes in the gym. Can't say it was a deterant. Hours of homework or a few seconds of pain
So. Who got the cane at school?
Yep- cane on the hand.
SHOCKED me. One of the things that changed my behaviour at school.
I remember in Geography once a kid was always playing up/being a tit and the brilliant/relaxed/popular Geography teacher picked him up and threw him across the desks knocking them all flying.
No one said a word in the lads defence. It never happened.
In secondary for various practical jokes, usually involving stacks of books, furniture or equipment falling over when teachers walked into classrooms. First one bothered me, none did afterward.
We had a french teacher who used to come into the class and smash his books down on his desk as hard as he could to stop everyone talking. His desk was up on a raised platform at the front of the class, so one day we moved the desk forward until it was only on the platform by about 2mm of its front legs.
He came into the class and did his usual and the desk fell off the platform. There was paper and stationary and stuff everywhere. He never did it again after that.
We thought we were bad ass at school, but we did respect adults and have manners between our psycho outbursts.
I went to a school that was populated by kids who where too problematic for main stream schools, or had simply been excluded from all schools in their area. These days most would be labeled with some sort of syndrome. There was a lot of 'bad asses', boarderline borstal cases. We got a supply teach who thought he was really bad ass, said he'd take no messing from us as he'd working in borstals etc. Talk about throwing down the gauntlet. He lasted one day. Had absolutely no control. Replaced by a really nice supply teacher who worked on mutual respect and fairness. She was great and became a regular.
Fast, maybe I don't understand it or maybe that's a strange message you're sending..
Not everyone's experience of the cane in Scotland was either minor or amusing, as some may have been to a certain Catholic establishment where harsh beatings were considered normal.
Was caned every Sunday for a term at boarding school in Africa for refusing to attend the church service. We all had been skipping the service the previous term, so with the new term they took a roll call at the church and all the miscreants were duly flogged (six of the so called best) in front of the school at Sunday lunch.
The next week at the Sunday lunch the headmaster told all those who had not attended the service to stand, which I did.
Much to my surprise I was the only one because I knew of at least a dozen who hadn't gone. This continued for the rest of the term, each Sunday I stood up and I got flogged.
It stopped when my housemaster thought to ask me why. He couldn't understand why I was admitting it. At that age I was naive enough to believe you should never lie, even to save yourself, so I explained that to him, and that it was an Anglican service and they had bishops whereas I came from a Presbyterian background. To me the canings were simply because the agents of the devil were doing his evil work.
To a certain extent it worked. It knocked all religion out of me and I gained a strong contempt for authority which needs to use force or requires worshipping.
Which is probably why I got the strap so often when I returned to Scottish schools. The strap is worse than a caning, but neither work if you are not scared of a bit of temporary pain.
Got the cane twice, very early on when I started secondary school, in all fairness I deserved it as I was a gobby Sh**.
It did not affect me that much as don't remember changing my ways, it wasn't like I went to some tough inner school hellhole (it was leafy surrey) and I didn't really change my ways until may late 20's/early 30's anyway so I would say its effect was very, very minimal.
Yeah we had a lot of nutters at our School, but our teachers didn't shout or make us feel stupid. And were happy to explain things if we were willing to listen, if we were seen to be getting frustrated, you were told to either go and have a cig (if you smoked) and take 10 mins and come back and it worked. We didn't have detentions either.
My Dad has just retired and has hated it the last few years as their all gobby, spoilt bratts in his words. Yet the kids he used to teach around my age have give him praise and again have done well in life.
I was shocked the other day when a 15 year old kid told my missus to **** off because she called him disgusting for spitting. I wouldn't of even dared tell anyone older than me to f off at that age. Cocky kid, short of a good slap.
Just the once for fighting in the playground, but the mental torture was almost as bad as the physical pain. Got told I was getting the cane and to report to the staffroom in 2 days time during dinner. When the time arrived I was kept waiting for most of dinner time before Mr Whittle called me in to the staffroom, full of teachers in capes and you could cut through the smoke with a knife. 3 or 4 canes were hanging off a beam and he took each one down in turn, flexed it, swished it around a bit before he settled on his weapon of choice. Then he told me to touch my toes which I did - No boy, not there, by the window so I can see better! So trying to hold back the tears I got in the right position and got a right whack from the cane. Didn't tell my parents as I'd have got into further trouble at home, in those days the attitude of most parents was if you got the cane you must have deserved it.
I was the last year of corporal punishment, as i left school it was banned. I got caned, slippered, rulered, got whacked with the black board rubber - and i wasn't really naughty. Had a geography teacher who made a kid stand with his arms both horizontal at shoulder height and the teacher screamed at him if they lowered - the kid ended up in tears - it looked pretty painful, worse than the cane.
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I did not. And yet I still pay a fortune to be tied up and beaten by women dressed as nazi officers. Pity.
actually this is true for me though ive never had to pay
I was mostly a swot tbh but once..
Biology teacher was also girls PE teacher
mucking around in biology me and james ward got detention, he was really pleased, I soon found out why...
detention meant staying behind for an hour while teacher ran after school girls trampolening club, a lot of the girls were from the years above. Best Detention Ever
I was quite fortunate in that corporal punishment was abolished just as I started high school so was largely immune to it. There was a few of the teachers, however, who struggled to adjust to the new fangled methods of teaching without beating which resulted in me being strewn across the classroom into a couple of desks on more than one occasion.
At primary school (so in the three tier school system, that's ages 5-9) I had a pencil fight with a friend. He super sharpened his pencil and stabbed me in the arm with it. I retaliated with my blunt pencil. He then re-sharpened his pencil and got me again in the arm. A teacher then appeared at which point the friend burst into tears. I was canned on the back of the hand by the head or deputy head in his office. Had no effect on me, well, other than to strengthen my resolve not to let the bastards grind me down. I learnt very early in life that right, wrong, facts and truth often play a back-seat to who complains loudest. I still have the two pencil leads embedded in my arm from where the friend snapped them off.
When I started high school in 1978 (aged 13) it was the last year of canning in government schools in our area. One boy in our year did get the cane, for which the whole school was assembled to witness.
Edit: I did have a bonkers R.E. teacher in high school whose favourite tricks were:
A: Creeping up behind someone who was busy chatting and smashing hem over the head with his large and heavy Old Testament often knocking them off the stool they were sat on (we hand R.E. in the science block).
B: Launching the wooden blackboard eraser at errant pupils.
Mr. Nancaro (sp?) how on earth did you get any job anywhere near vulnerable (by definition) children?
yep, when I was 11 in 1981 for calling the music teacher a silly cow. I still remember being in the headmasters office quite clearly, some patronising twit going on about how we should have respect for the school blah blah... taking the cane off the hook on the wall and leaving it on the corner of his desk. I was told to take two steps forward, bend over and look up out of the window... good grief this bloke would be on peado watch these days. 1st whack didn't hurt at all but the 2nd one struck in exactly the same place and did sting a bit. Left a big red stripe across the back of my legs for about a week. The only thing it changed about my behaviour was to be more careful when and where I messed about and to make sure I didn't get caught in future, which I didn't...
We had a teacher who liked to demonstrate 'the difference between champagne and real pain'
He'd grab the errant pupil's hair, right by the ear where the hair ends and the sideburn starts. He'd then pull it downwards telling you that was champagne (ie sham as in fake). He'd then pull it up which does smart, declaring 'now that's what real pain tastes like'
This thread explains why there are so many angry, argumentative types on here....
For the record I was never got the cane or even a punishment exercise at school.
Before he retired, Dad was head of school for a rather large inner city comp in Birmingham.
I used to help him when he took a load of pupils on educational trips to York and always remember being in one of the carriage compartments with some of his kids and being asked -
"Are you Mr. Pinksters son?"
"Is it true about the collection of canes behind the radiator in his office...?"
He never had such a thing and would be horrified at the thought of caning some obnoxious scrote but loved the reputation. Worked wonders with some of the more unruly pupils.
I remember my brother got his ar5e spanked by the headmaster. On his very first day in primary school. He'll never be able to deny that one
Couple of "friends" got cane (might have been belt) in secondary school. I think the most embarrassing bit was the wait outside before hand, and the deputy head was in no hurry, and made sure the thwack could be heard outside the door too.
Other school was mostly excessive use of detentions. One kid... Lee was his name... clocked up so many lunchtime detentions that they had to come to an agreement that he'd do a detty every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime for the whole of his 3rd and 4th year. And was therefore effectively immune from getting any more minor detentions for misbehaviour!
This thread explains why there are so many angry, argumentative types on here
So you think younger folk who never received corporal punishment don't argue?? Hmm...
don't recall getting the strap (Scotland) / tawse / Lochgelly in primary school, a few times at secondary school, fighting and being disruptive I think were the charge sheets - guilty as charged.
Left secondary school in 1980, so all this would be during the 70s.
As above, a pecking order of teachers who wielded the belt more than others, often in inverse proportion to the quality (?) of the punishment. Some were ineffective. some never actually wielded it that I know of or only in extremis, but you'd have to be mad/stupid/wilful to bring the punishment on yourself.
And the Latin teacher with the chalk duster, deadly - like throwing an Amercian football, luckily you learnt to duck and the poor sod behind would cop it instead..
Just after I left school 27 of my former classmates got caught dealing drugs. My guess is that they were all caned.
I got detention so often that when I left school I knicked my detention chair, still in my room after forty years
Plenty of board rubbers thrown at me which had no effect on my behaviour.
Got the pump a couple of times, again, didn't change anything. I became more rebellious and idiotic.
Then I got the cane, that sorted me out. That bugger hurt and left marks. When mentioning this to younger people they ask me if I told my dad (so he could kick the teachers head in or sue the school or something). Errm, no, I don't fancy getting punished again thanks.
I doubt it works for everyone though and I wouldn't suggest bringing corporal punishment back.
Dunlop Green flash to the backside. Reason: Kicking water in the footbath before a swimming lesson.
Football drop kicked to the arse from 6ft. Reason: Kicking a football after (by 1 sec) the PE teacher had blown his whistle for the end of lesson.
Both instances were with different teachers.
Had a history of losing it randomly with pupils.
Enjoyed humiliating pupils that had forgotten their PE kit or towel and the geeky kids that weren't very sporty.
Would be classed as psychopaths today.
Christ knows what the legacy of these nutters is on those kids that were humiliated.
Luckily there were other PE teachers who were very good, helping me excel at sport in school.
I was supposed to have the ruler (yard long wooden rule) in front of my class, I bent over, the teacher took a run up and then I side stepped, the teacher missed and then fell over!
For this I was caned on the stage in front of the whole school during assembly, tbh it didn't hurt much and was worth it for the memory of the teacher falling over
I was caned on the stage in front of the whole school during assembly, tbh it didn't hurt much
Sounds like ritual humiliation!
Cane and slipper (rubber sole from a plimsole).
Slipper was more painful , longer lasting. Cane was cool as punishments were administered at assemble (Tenko style) and you could smirk through the canning.
Primary School, Caned in HM's office, Hit with a table tennis bat, slippered on the stage at assembly, Ruler across knuckles.
Caned, slapped and hit with a bible (!).
Officially the cane was an option but never remember anyone getting it - it was just there, hung on the wall. Smacked arse with hand or PE pump were more regular. Unofficially anything went - board rubber, flat head, strangulation - the usual 70's/80's stuff.
yep-- cane (twice)-had a sadistic form teacher who used to hit us on the head with the wooden blackboard rubber--other objects included a metal ruler across the back of the hand--that was a woman teacher
Schooled in South Africa - so I got the cane PLENTY. We used to pull a single thread out of our ties every time we got lashed - and I held the record for the first term of high school. Mostly the art teacher who hated me (about as much as I hated art) and I sometimes got lashed twice a lesson by him - once at the beginning for not having done any work, and once at the end for the same reason.
TBH I don't have an issue with caning as a punishment for suitable situations - though I guess you could say it didn't work on me, or at least it took me a very long time to learn my lesson! That said as I got older I did settle down and buckle down and finished up near the top of the school academically - so maybe it did work in the end.
This thread explains why there are so many angry, argumentative types on here
Funny, I don't encounter those here. Argumentative types, sure, and thank god, debate is always healthy. But angry?
Once, in the first year of primary school (so would have been 1978) for going over the fence into the nursery school next door to retrieve the ball that had gone over. All four of us who went got the cane (a drumstick actually) across the palm the as despite having asked for and obtained permission to go and fetch said ball, only one of us should actually have gone for it.
never fetched a ball again
Yes got the belt a few times. Separating your hands as the belt is whizing downwards causing the sadistic bast@rd to miss my hands and hit his shins didn't go down well.
I was shocked the other day when a 15 year old kid told my missus to **** off because she called him disgusting for spitting.
Not in anyway unusual I'm afraid.
I got the cane three times I think, all for fighting. I didn't start fights but it seemed that if you won you got the cane.
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