DEAR DEIDRE: THE teacher of my class would punish the boys by getting them to bend over the desk and then he would whack us extremely hard on our legs and bottoms.

This happened to me and my classmates on a regular basis from when I was 12.

I was abused at school 45 years ago and cannot move past it

I’ve never forgotten it and it’s always bothered me. I’m 57 now.

Your school days are supposed to be the happiest days of your life, but he made mine a nightmare.

I feel that this was abuse as I know teachers were not allowed to punish children in this way, even back then.

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I know it was a long time ago, but do I have a case to make a claim for abuse against the local authority?

DEIDRE SAYS: Corporal punishment was banned in state-funded secondary schools in England in 1986, although it was frowned upon for years before.

But your experience does sound extreme.



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Talk to NAPAC, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood which can advise you on if there is a case to answer (, 0808 801 0331).

My support pack Abused As A Child may be of help to you too.

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