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Video clips: South Korea, page 6

Paddling in corridor

With comments by C. Farrell



More South Korean schoolboy corporal punishments: Six video clips.


CLIP 1 OF 6

Paddle in use This 20-second clip, from 2008 or earlier, gives a brief view of a school paddling. Five secondary lads in an unusual striped-blue-shirt uniform are lined up in a corridor in the classic Korean "push-up" stance (hands on the floor, bottom in the air) for three very brisk strokes each across the seat. Each boy jumps up and walks away immediately after being disciplined. This looks like a routine minor punishment.

 Because the teacher is positioned between the camera and the students, most of the action in detail is heard rather than seen. But in one frame (right) the paddle can be glimpsed in the teacher's left hand.


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CLIP 2 OF 6

In this 15-second clip, a teenage boy has adopted a push-up stance at the front of the class. He is being vigorously rulered across the seat of his jeans in front of the class by a female teacher. The implement does not look big enough to cause all that much pain. There is some laughter from the class. Mysteriously, he then walks out of the classroom with the teacher. The picture quality is poor.


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CLIP 3 OF 6

A 10-second film of unknown date, in which we see a secondary boy receiving a firm paddling of ten swats on his rear end. He has been made to adopt the usual Korean "push-up" posture at the front of the class. The teacher wields the paddle (it may actually be a metre rule) with both hands.


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CLIP 4 OF 6

This 50-second clip from 2010 shows a student aged about 16 standing with his hands on the blackboard to receive three swift whacks across the seat of his jeans. The implement being wielded by his lady teacher is a round stick, too thick and rigid to be called a cane in the British sense; this seems to have been a common disciplinary tool in Korea. The soundtrack is faulty, but the impact of the three strokes is clearly heard. There is a brief discussion between the boy and the teacher before the punishment is administered.


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CLIP 5 OF 6

Here is a 45-second video recorded in May 2006, of inferior technical quality. Despite the faulty soundtrack, we can hear these three high-school boys shout out in pain as they each receive five strokes of the cane across the posterior while holding the classic Korean push-up stance. There is also some random shouting and tittering going on in the background, perhaps from the people making the film (to whom the teacher seems oblivious), but the punishment itself is clearly serious.


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CLIP 6 OF 6

One-minute video from 2018 made at, we think, a private high school in South Korea. The setting is the school's gym or hall and it would appear that this senior student is being disciplined for repeatedly neglecting to bring his gym kit to school. He is bending over a low table to receive 30 swats with a thin paddle across the seat of his fashionably "skinny" beige trousers. The swats are not particularly hard. We can hear other students playing badminton through the open door to the next room, evidently taking no notice of what is taking place, which suggests that it is not an unusual event.


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