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  Smacking won't be allowed in schools
Updated 15 November 2001, 17.12
Mr Williamson with his daughter
A new attempt to allow smacking in British schools has failed.

A Christian school in Liverpool wanted the law changed so schools could smack mis-behaving pupils with parents' permission.

But on Thursday a High Court judge rejected the request.

God says?

After the decision, the headteacher, Phil Williamson, said that God gave parents the authority to choose how their children are punished.

Two mums whose children went to his school said that children often didn't realise when they'd done something wrong, and needed a punishment "in the form of a smack".

Cruel

But a spokesperson for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said that smacking is cruel.

Earlier in November the government said that the laws which allow parents to smack their children at home would not be changed.

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