A punishment log (also called punishment book) is a log where punishments are recorded. Such logs are (or were) sometimes kept at schools, boarding schools, in reformatories, prisons and similar institutions. An example is the punishment book of Johann Häberle (17th century German teacher).
Some parents also keep private punishment logs in a diary or similar notebook (punishment diary). Today, you can even find punishment logs on the World Wide Web, for example at the SWL Punishment Logs page.
A spanking log is a special case of a punishment log, used in cases where most or all punishments are spankings, or where only spankings are considered worthy of recording.
Entries in a punishment log typically include:
- Person who was punished (in cases where one log is used for several people, e.g. in a school class)
- Offense (details)
- Punishment given (details)
Punishment logs in blogs
Cartoon by Dave Ell.
- SWL Punishment Logs (20 logs, focused on spanking)
- Punishment diaries on Spank with Love
- Punishment log from Crickhowell British School in 1878
- Higher Bebington Junior School History with scans from punishment books
- Collage of punishment book covers
- Six blows on the rump! Extraordinary records reveal how corporal punishment was meted out in our schools, article on DailyMail with photos
- 'Caning book' from 1902 is a grim lesson for truants, article on DailyMail