How's This for Zero Tolerance?
The Japanese have definitely got the Americans beaten on cruel and unusual punishment of schoolchildren:
[T]he boy was taken to the staff room of the school in Fukuoka City, southern Japan, after being caught asleep during a lesson. The 40-year-old male teacher handed the boy a box-cutter and paper and told him to write an apology in blood.
The teacher left the student, who then cut his finger and began to write an apology using his own blood.