Archive for ‘University Punishments’

April 26th, 2012

Korean University Foot Caning

A NON-FICTION ACCOUNT OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AT A KOREAN UNIVERSITY

Reported by Jane Finney

 

Given my long interest in corporal punishment, the background to which is explained in my story THE PUNISHMENT SLIP, I was intrigued to come across a newspaper story about a girl in Korea was who taking her university to court for allowing footage of her receiving corporal punishment to be leaked onto the internet. The most surprising part of this story, as far as I was concerned, was the revelation that university students in Korea were subject to CP. I had never heard of any country where this kind of thing happened at university level. Using the information in the story, I managed to contact the girl through her lawyer, and entered into a correspondence with her (she was fluent in English). The following account is taken from several emails she sent me between August and October 2011. I have edited together the various emails to form a continuous narrative, and made several changes in order to render parts of her account in coherent English (though I must stress again that her English was excellent). She has approved the final version, and given me permission to make it available on the internet. Though she did not request this, I have removed all references to actual names and places.
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