A vintage prefect, joyfully surveying a line of nicely flogged bottoms... Goodness me! he really enjoys his exalted position of power in the private boarding school system... They were the happiest days of his life.
I know what you mean, I actually submitted a lengthy research paper on the subject for corporal punishment from schools to the justice system and of course domestic. Though most of my research was based on accounts from England, which was a shame since I wanted some from the States.
The past is another country, they did things differently there.
Some modern anti spank zealots get all hot under the collar looking at this kind of thing... The actual vintage schoolboys took it in their stride, even laughed and joked about it in fan art and literature.
Of course he's an innocent, he knows no other life... TVs and computers are decades away and he simply believes what he's told by his authoritarian masters.