School student union call for an end to the use of corporal punishment in second level schools.

Tony Kinsella, from the Irish Union of School Students outlines the use of corporal punishment in post-primary schools.

Research has found that 84% of second level schools use corporal punishment as a form of discipline. The most common method of corporal punishment used is the leather strap. Other methods include the cane, ruler, furniture legs, and tree branches. 

Tony Kinsella says there is a latent hostility amongst the community to corporal punishment which needs to be addressed.

As an alternative to corporal punishment he suggests student involvement in their own discipline through some sort of democratic structure in schools. In the long term, he sees the withdrawal of student privileges as an effective form of discipline. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 August 1974.