Corporal Punishment Banned in D.C. Schools

Washington Post
Washington Post

Here’s an interesting article that we dug up from April 17th, 1930printed in The Washington Post.

Emphatic condemnation of any form of corporal punishment of a child by a teacher in the District schools was voiced yesterday afternoon by the Board of Education following a report on an instance in the Henry D. Cooke School for which a teacher has been transferred and will be reprimanded. In the future teachers who punish pupils in this fashion are liable to dismissal, Charles F. Carusi, president of the board stated.

Dr. J. Hayden Johnson, chairman of the committee on complaints, reported on the incident and recommended that the teacher, Mrs. Lankey Johnson, be formally reproved. An investigation was made by this committee, together with school officials, following a complaint by Lieut. Comdr. Howard H. Good, U. S. N., of 1650 Harvard street.

The charge, said to have been admitted by the teacher, was that Edward L. Good, 10 years old, had been pierced with a rusty pen on the hand March 10 when he was inattentive. Mrs. Johnson defended her action on the ground that she was distracted at the time.

Yeesh, pierced by a rusty pen? I hope little Eddie had his tetanus shots!

corporal punishment
corporal punishment

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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