Dr Lisa Beth Crossman-Nugent, a psychiatrist with the Western Regional Health Authority, says corporal punishment is not only unlawful but also degrading.
"Teachers must use their training and creative ways to punish students, rather than to resort to corporal punishment," said Crossman-Nugent, who is based at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay. "That form of punishing is an example of teachers taking out their anger on the children. It is always when anger is present that children are flogged. All forms of corporal punishment leave a 'scar' on the child".