1879 Corporal Punishment in Schools

  • The Old Niagara Street School and Beginning of the New School

    Extreme Measures

    On May 17, 1879, Head Master F.S. Spence of Niagara Street School appeared before Police Magistrate G.T. Denison, charged with the assault of Letitia Wright, a 10-year old Niagara student. This was a landmark in the evolution of corporal punishment in Toronto schools. Letitia’s claim was that Spence took her from the classroom, into the hall, tied her hands and feet with cord to a wall peg and, using a cane, whipped her back and legs for 10 minutes.

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