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.
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Barbados, prompting social development advocate George Griffith to describe the former principal’s position as grossly outdated and the thinking of less educated and less sophisticated people.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.