During the early 1970s I attended a middle school in Sheffield. Whilst corporal punishment was not an everyday occurrence, it was not unusual for the odd leg or bottom to be slapped from time to time. One afternoon near the end of the summer term, Mrs S was having a stressful day. It was the class trip to the zoo the following day and people were genuinely excited. However, despite several requests, then demands, for order, two to three people kept up the talking and disruption to her maths lesson. Finally, Mrs S had had enough. Normally a fairly quietly spoken woman of