Child Abuse: The Rod of Correction

Some had to march out to work in the fields every day, they say, lashed together. Recalcitrants were beaten with a 3-ft. length of plastic pipe called "the rod of correction." Serious infractions were to be punished by days in a new jail cell. It was tiny, only 24 sq. ft., but then so were its prospective inmates, boys from five to 17. The compound in Walterboro, S.C., is not a prison but a Dickensian boarding school called the New Bethany Baptist Church Home for Boys. Police raided the place last week. Said Prosecutor Randolph Murdaugh: "I've never seen...

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