A Seoul court ordered a high school teacher to pay damages for hitting a student on the hands, giving her bruises and inflammations, officials said Friday.
The Seoul Northern District Court ordered the 52-year-old female teacher, identified only by her surname, No, to pay her former student 2.54 million won ($2,280) in compensation and medical expenses, court officials said.
The student, identified only by her surname of Jo, had requested 25.47 million won in damages after No repeatedly beat her on the hands for frequent absences, tardiness and for not doing her homework properly. She was beaten about 40 times with a wooden cane in November 2008.
"Corporal punishment is not allowed unless it is unavoidable for educational purposes," the court said. "It is illegal to use physical punishment for repeatedly being late or absent or for not completing assignments properly."
However, the teacher's responsibility was limited to 90 percent, considering the disciplinary nature of the punishment and the extent of damage caused to the student, it added.