Back in the early 1980s, before the abolition of corporal punishment in state schools (1987), I endured a very brief career as a student teacher. I completed my teaching practice at a middle school (ages 11 to 14) in a slightly grim East Midlands town in the depths of an icy winter. The school used corporal punishment, the cane I believe, but of course student teachers were not permitted to use it. Nor did I ever witness its use directly. However, I was aware of its use and that some students had received it. One of the students I taught

I only have given three spankings in my life which was back in the late 1970s. I have not seen that girl since then until this weekend. My wife and her are now friends who met because they have a common hobby which take either day trips or weekend trips. Starting at the beginning, I was 16 and in high school. I liked to play table tennis (ping pong) with friends. One friend was more into tennis but had a friend who was obsessed with table tennis. He was only 15 and was too young to drive, but wanted to