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May 13, 2011

Andrew Bergh: Courts agree teacher used excessive force

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Once upon a time, teachers used corporal punishment to maintain discipline in public schools.

This flowed from the fact that while children were in school, teachers were expected to act as substitute parents, with all the normal forms of parental discipline available to them. As a consequence, students were often punished with the birch, cane, paddle or strap — ouch! — if they did something wrong.

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