When girls were caned or slippered on the bum at school, three strokes appears to be the number frequently administered.
I hated School with a passion from 13 - 16 and each day seemed like torture and couldn't wait for the day I left, until then I had to make the most of it. I remember vividly getting 3 strokes of the cane on my bum, when I stupidly admitted to something I hadn't done, like smashing eggs over a girls head, it was another gang member, who happened to be the 'cock' of the school. Mum gave permission for me to be punished and thereby making me hate the system even more. http://www.soulkiss.co.uk/boredteenager.htm
From the Bolton Evening News, first published Wednesday 19th Mar 1997.
SIR: I reply to your correspondent B Derbyshire. During a PE lesson at the Co-educational Grammar School that I attended in Bolton during the 1970s, one of the girls let off a fire extinguisher. As the culprit would not own up the entire class of 20 or so girls had to touch their toes for three strokes of the slipper.
I am glad that my children, who are approaching secondary school age, will not be subject to such an 'instant, painful' and too easily resorted to 'solution'.
My children will not grow up into 'unteachable yobs' as they have been bought up properly and do not need the threat of a beating to make them behave at school.
Mrs S MacLellan
Wellington Street, Bolton
I have several girlfriends of around my age who received corporal punishment. One of them was once publicly caned by her Headmistress with three other girls on her bottom (three strokes touching toes) in assembly at her mixed primary school. (Fran)
my wife was also slippered at senior school in private except for her friend peeping through a window the headmistress gave her three strokes on her knickers. (paul b)
I was at school in the late 50s/60s. CP was only given on the backside by the head or deputy both female, In my case my skirt was lifted by the teacher after being told to bend over and receiving three whacks of the cane. (Ketta, as New to the site)
Miss Dines told her she would have to cane her, told her to pull her dress up, bend over and lean against the bookcase, and gave her three strokes on her backside. (Northwich Guardian, 18 November, 1976)
One day our teacher Mr Wiggins said if there is any more fighting those involved would get the slipper and shortly after being told that, a girl from the outside who I hated started calling me names and I just pointed at her and said just you wait Ill get you after school she was so frightened she ran and told the teacher the next day I was called out in front of the class all Mr Wiggins said was that he was disappointed in me then told me to bend over and I got three whacks of his plimsoll that was the end of my crush on Mr Wiggins.
I along with three other girls and several boy was caught playing in the schools old WW2 air raid shelters, which were strictly out of bounds.
We were marched down to the Headmistresss office and lined up outside her door, whilst the teacher informed her of our misdeeds As there were to many of us to all get in her office, she came out and gave us a real telling off in the corridor. Then we were taken in one at a time and given the slipper, which was in fact an elasticated plimsoll, which was commonly referred to as The Pump
We all got Three of the Best, the one concession being that we only had to lean against her desk to be punished, where as the boys had to bend right over and touch their toes.
I remember the whole experience as being really frightening and of course painful. However afterwards I can remember felling really proud that not only had I had the Pump, but that unlike some of the others, I hadnt cried. (Valerie G)