‘Lashes are a deterrent’

Former educator and long-time advocate of corporal punishment Matthew Farley has stuck to his position that this form of discipline should be maintained here, despite scathing criticism from opponents of flogging.

Matthew Farley
Matthew Farley

Farley had earlier lashed out at European Union ambassador Mikael Barfod for expressing displeasure at the continued use of corporal punishment in Barbados, prompting social development advocate George Griffith to describe the former principal’s position as grossly outdated and the thinking of less educated and less sophisticated people.

However, in clarifying his position today, Farley told Barbados TODAY he was certain that flogging was a deterrent.

“Majority of children would say, ‘if I didn’t know Mr Farley would beat me, I would do so and so’. Many adults would say, ‘if I didn’t know I would get hanged I would kill you and go up Dodds and sit down for the rest of my life’. There are certain things that deter people and corporal punishment is one,” the former principal of St Mary’s Primary and Graydon Sealy Secondary argued.

Nevertheless, he admitted that educators had to be mindful that there were some pupils who presented challenges that could not be solved through corporal punishment and should be referred to the relevant agencies. He also proposed the introduction of guidelines for the use of this form of punishment at home and in schools.

“I am suggesting that we could introduce guidelines that would limit how many lashes are to be given and stipulate the instruments to be used,” he said.

9 Responses to ‘Lashes are a deterrent’

  1. Alex Alleyne December 22, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I had a TEACHER who never used “lashes” on any of his students . As a matter of fact , he never carried a “strap” like most of the others. His form of “punishment” was asking you to go put your face in the corner for 10 minutes or stand on the bench . Another one was standing with 2 Royal Reader books in hand held high above your head for a period of time . It worked on all of us because we turned out to be the most discipline class at the School.

  2. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali December 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Continued lunacy

  3. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith December 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    What do you expect from him. Does a doctor ever says his medicine is that that cause your problems? The same goes for bigotry vigilanties. As I said before he can move to Saudi Arabia, they will welcome him with open arms. They are too many people in important positions in Barbados that have or is holding back Barbados development.
    When he flogged pupils back then would he like them to take revenge now they are grown up? Would he be open to being flogged now if the pupils think they were innocent? I can guarantee you he won’t want that,, because that is how cowards works. Give to others that they don’t want for themselves…

  4. John Moore December 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    The time will surely come when students will end this barbaric practice themselves if the Government don’t. The beating of students under the pretext that it makes them learn or imposes discipline should be outlawed right away. With so many weapons freely available in society teachers should be weary of continuing a practice that serves no purpose at all. Teachers are educators not models for future wife beaters or girlfriend beaters or problem solving through violence. I also believe the practice is unconstitutional and should be challenged in our highest court.

  5. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister December 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Farley and his followers are backwards…conservative fools!

  6. ken December 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I support Mr. Lashley’s position on corporal punishment. I got lashes and I am sure most of you above 40 year olds got lashes too. From Freundel to Sinckler got lashes too. We turned out fine. It is a tool that has been proven and works. Why change it?

    • ken December 23, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Typo, samsung spell checker: not Lashley, it’s Farley I meant.

  7. Tony Waterman December 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    @Ken!!!! “”It is a tool that has been proven and works. Why change it?””

    Proven by Whom, and where can we see that proof ???????
    Also, the Bajan Society has Changed, and Children Today are NOTHING like we were. They/we have LOST that LOVING Feeling.

    What i see going to happen if this is NOT stopped, is that someday when a Teacher hits a Child, That Teacher WILL be on the receiving end of a good licking also. Then What, send Him/Her off to Dodds for NOT wanting to be BEATEN??

    There has to be a better way, so with all these PHD’s around, how come we can’t find that way ??

    To Every Action, there is an equal and OPPOSITE REaction, this will be proven then.

    Whipping School Children is plain and simple “WRONG” all it does is put FEAR into them, which at a later date turns into ANGER and Rebellion, and DODDS.


  8. Observer December 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    That’s why crime in Barbados the way it is because everybody gets a slap on their risk for committing a crime


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