Writing lines

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Writing lines, from J'Apprends l'Orthographe (1905).
Writing lines for punishment, Sammlung Kindheit und Jugend (Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin).

Writing lines is a common form of punishment for children in schools, and sometimes also in the home. While it was prevalent in the past, it is not very common now.

The child has to write a line — usually an affirmation such as "I must pay attention in class" repeatedly (typically, a hundred times) without mistakes and in good handwriting. The lines are usually written in an exercise book, but it is also common (particularly in the U.S. up to the 1960s) to make a student write lines in chalk on the blackboard in the classroom.

Writing lines (on paper) is either given as an extra homework (to be presented by the next day), or the student has to stay after class to do the punishment.

Writing lines has three intended purposes:

  1. It is a punishment chore that takes effort, strength, concentration, and consumes time.
  2. It is a writing exercise that will train handwriting.
  3. It is hoped that the repetition of the sentence will burn its meaning into the child's mind, improving the child's future behavior.

Alternatively instead of repeating the same line over again, the child might be assigned to copy out the school rules or dictionary pages, or they can be required to write an essay on some theme such as Speech is silver but silence is golden. Their teacher may also require that they have their penance signed by both of their parents.

Writing in different colors[edit]

The student's task can be made more tedious by requiring that they change the color of the writing from one word to the next, for example,

Young misses must heed their teachers.

This punishment is much more effective if the student is kept after school to write their penance in chalk on the blackboard under their teacher's supervision. Writing with pen-and-paper at home, they can cheat by writing Young one hundred times in red, then misses one hundred times in blue, and so on. Writing their penance under their teacher's direct supervision will force them to switch chalk pieces between each word, very substantially prolonging their penance and reinforcing the educational message they is supposed to learn. On a blackboard, the two colors of chalk used will most likely be white and yellow, but if more colors are available their task can be made even more tedious. (Making the student print their penance, changing the color of the chalk with each letter, is another and even more tedious variation that might be used when the student is a "repeat offender" and changing color from word-to-word has been used for a previous offense.)

Example (joke)[edit]

There is a humorous cartoon series, The Simpsons, in which Bart Simpson writes on the blackboard,

I must not waste chalk.
I must not waste chalk.
I must not waste chalk.
I must not waste chalk.
I must not waste chalk.
I must not waste chalk.
I must not waste chalk.

Writing lines in spanking art[edit]

Writing lines is occasionally featured in spanking stories, novels and spanking videos. Sometimes, a character is made to write lines before they are spanked.

Corporal punishment videos[edit]

Fetish spanking videos, especially when placed in a classroom setting, sometimes include a schoolgirl writing lines on a chalkboard or paper at the start or conclusion of her punishment session. Some examples below:

  • Alexa Punished For Chewing Gum (RealSpankings Institute), photos
  • I Will Always Be Fully Prepared for Class (RealSpankings Institute), photos
  • Serious Hard Spankings (Pacific Force), college student writes "I will get straight As next semester" 100 times on a note pad while sitting on a spiked floor mat.
  • St Catherine's Private School for Girls, episode 100: Punishment Lines, Part 2 (Spanked In Uniform), Julie writes "I must behave in class" on a whiteboard.


In 2001 actress Dominique Swain posed in the nude as a humiliated "naughty schoolgirl" for a Peta anti-fur print ad. Swain is seen writing lines ("I'd rather go naked than wear fur") repeatedly on a classroom chalkboard.

In 2003 footwear company Skechers ran an ad featuring pop-singer Christina Aguilera as a disgraced schoolgirl. Behind her the blackboard is covered in writing ("Skechers is not part of the uniform"). Aguilera also appears as a teacher holding up a ruler, implying an impending punishment.