Corporal punishment they used to call it. I would call it a pain in the
that’s where the teachers used to hit us.
According to Wikipedia, Corporal punishment is a form of physical
involves the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence,
or for the purpose
of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or
It didn’t really work. Not in my opinion, anyway. I can’t ever remember
something bad at school because I might get the cane or the slipper, and
probably apply to my friends, too.
‘The cane’ was a long flexible bamboo stick that was whacked across your
rear end or
the tops of your legs while you were bent over a desk or touching your
toes. ‘The slipper’
was a gym shoe, plimpsole or training shoe used in a similar way.
Believe me, it brought
the tears to one’s eyes!
I was caned twice and slippered once during my 6 years at secondary
school in the UK.
Not a bad record, all things considered. Many of my Friends had reached
before they went off to the relative santuary of university or the dole
We played a game which was loosely based on Rollerball, from the film of
the same name.
We called it Rollerchairs. We’d sit on a hard plastic chair and push
with our feet around the classroom in a race to see who was the fastest.
There were no rules.
We could hit, punch and kick as much as was needed to eliminate our
One lunchtime, in the middle of a heated race, the headmaster came in
the class and I was
concentrating so much on repeatedly kicking the back of the chair in
front of me that I didn’t
notice him towering over me, nor the deathly silence in the class, save
the ‘bang’, bang’,
‘bang’ of my foot on the back of the chair of the boy in front of me.
Suddenly, I noticed the quiet in the room and I jumped up with a start,
headmasters coffee cup from his hand and spilling it all down the front
of his clean white shirt
and green jacket. I was caned for that, 10 times!