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Domestic CP - May 1956
Truth, Sydney, 27 May 1956
The cane's the thing
(He copped two lots)
I think it's a good idea for judges and magistrates to order a caning for boys who do not behave themselves.
It was done in Adelaide this week and recently, in Queensland, Judge Mansfield advocated similar discipline.
I am 17-years-old and when I support caning as a disciplinary measure I write from experience.
Like a lot of the young "lairs" around the town I had been getting into trouble.
Dad warned me and told me he was getting a cane.
I wasn't worried and carried on.
A few days before my 17th birthday a few mates and I illegally used a car.
The owner took no action, but Dad found out and he did.
Bending over an armchair, I copped 24 cuts with the cane across the bare behind.
I had started to yell after the fifth.
A week afterwards the treatment was repeated.
That was eight months ago and I have not been in trouble since.
I am as tough as the average boy of 17, but I don't want to feel the sting of the cane on my behind again.
Most boys would feel the same.
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