Sunday, November 07, 2004

Spanking Exceptionalism

Another gem concerning the return of Alsace-Lorraine, this time from the Washington Post (April 23, 1922):
The schoolboys of Alsace-Lorraine may follow the French curriculum ... but they are still spanked under German law. That was discovered this week when a priest of Lorraine was held before the courts, charged with administering severe corporeal punishment ... .
The priest admitted he had punished the delinquent scholars as he pleased and never had been notified that the school law had been changed.
The courts looked into the matter with the ministry of education, realizing that laws on corporeal punishment in schools had not been introduced in Alsatian schools, at that they would not until the next semester

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