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Sir, —ln your issue of the 28th ihst. you say I complained of undue punishment to one of my children. On the l'4th Mr A. Parlane called my girl (fifteen days short of fourteen years of age) out in front of the class and gave her three blows with a strap, and would have given her more, but she withdrew her hand. He kept her in, after all the others were dismissed, for about an hour, and asked her if she knew what he had punished her for, and eho said “ No, sir.” On the 15th I went to see Mr Reid, the rector, and he heard the complaint before Mr A. Parlane. After hearing it he said: “Mr Parlane, you have broken the regulations, and I would advise you to apologise to Mr White.” Mr Parlane did not apologise. I then wrote to the Committee. Until mentioned by Mr Reid I was nob aware of any regulations, but on the 25th I got the loan of them from Mr Heid, and I then found that clause 96 read; “ Girls of the standard classes shall not be punished in tho presence of boys, and punishments of more than three strokes shall not be inflicted on boys in the presence of girls.” asked Mr Reid at the inquiry if clause 97 (as to the punishment register) had been complied with, but got no answer. I asked if clause 100 had been complied with, and gob no answer. It is : “ Headteachers shall report to the Board every infringement of these regulations.” In fact, sir, as far as my girl is concerned and the Milton High School, the regulations might as well be in the waste-paper basket. The following letters will speak for themselves;—

I certify that 1 have seen Helen White to-day, and that the back of her hand is intiamed in three places, caused (it is said) by a blow from a strap of leather twenty-four hours ago. The blow was given by Mr A. Parlane, teacher. Peter Stewart, M.D.C.M. Milton, 15th September,

North Branch, .September 23, 1897. Mr H. White. Pear sir,—ln answer to your question, it is true that I took a boy of mine away from Milton School solely on account of Air Parlane.— A ours truly, Alexander Wisely. — I am, etc., Henry White, Milton, September 29.

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PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS., Issue 10433, 30 September 1897

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PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS. Issue 10433, 30 September 1897

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