Slapped down

8th December 2000 at 00:00
THE fact that Adrian Mourby's father hit him (TES, November 24) apparently leads him to believe that it is acceptable for him to hit someone else.

Mourby's paternalese can not mask the reality of a culture of violence that harms individuals, families and communities. The concept of reasonable force does not help: no one can define it. Is a tapless than a slap? Is a smack audible?

The main obstacle to eliminating physical assault against any person is that violence is seen to work. But it is the lasting consequences that cause both physical and psychological damage.

George Varnava

Vice-president, College of Teachers

5 Wheatlands Lane

Newbury, Berkshire

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