The Eastbourne manslaughter was an 1860 legal case in Eastbourne,
England, concerning the death of 15-year-old Reginald Cancellor at the
hands of his teacher, Thomas Hopley. Hopley intended to use corporal
punishment to overcome what he perceived as stubbornness on Cancellor's
part, but instead he beat the boy to death. An inquest into Cancellor's
death began when his brother requested an autopsy. As a result of the
inquest Hopley was arrested and charged with manslaughter. He was found
guilty at trial and sentenced to four years in prison, although he
insisted that his actions were justifiable and that he was not guilty
of any crime. The trial was sensationalised by the Victorian press, and
incited debate over the use of corporal punishment in schools. After
Hopley's release and subsequent divorce trial, he largely disappeared
from the public record. The case became an important legal precedent in
the United Kingdom for discussions of corporal punishment in schools
and reasonable limits on discipline. (more...)
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