Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cane, Belt at State Schools Abuse Too

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cane, Belt at State Schools Abuse Too

Article excerpt

I HAVE studied the findings of The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse and my heartfelt sympathy is extended to the victims of institutionalised sexual and physical abuse.

The attention of the public has been drawn to the abuse of innocent children by those in a position of power.

This has been proven to have occurred in church-run institutions.

I would like to draw the attention of the public to the fact that the physical abuse of children in Queensland state schools was a daily occurrence for children of my generation.

I attended a state primary school and high school in Ipswich and daily physical abuse of children by teaching staff was accepted as normal routine.

For the slightest perceived transgression, we were caned, belted, slapped, punched, kicked or otherwise abused.

At primary school I witnessed a female teacher knock a female student unconscious by swinging her by her ponytail in an arc and smashing her into the wooden cupboard doors. …

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