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Should Caning Be Tolerated?

May 6, 2009

Teachers’ caning of students during class has been grudgingly accepted in Korea as the so-called “whip of love”, but a recent court ruling giving a suspended prison sentence to an elementary school teacher is triggering a fresh round of controversy over whether it should be tolerated.angry-teacher_frame_0002

Some Internet users and civic activists are calling for the implementation of a law banning corporal punishment completely. 

Late last month, the Incheon District Court sentenced a female elementary school teacher who hit two of her second grade students more than 80 times in October last year for not having done their homework to eight months in prison suspended for two years. It was one of the harshest rulings handed down on a teacher involving corporal punishment. The teacher is appealing the sentence.

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