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PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897
PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS.
TO TUB EDITOR.
StR, —I notice a Characteristically disingenuous letter in yours of the 30th signed M H. White,” based on a local which appeared in your columns, stating that he had complained of undue punishment to his girl. Will it be believed that Mr White never made any such complaint ? He wrote to the Committee stating he had a complaint “ to make against Mr A. Parlane, one of the teachers, for strapping a girl of his on the 14th. - ’ That was his charge. In h's evidence he distinctly stated that the charge was not for excessive strapping. As will be seen, not a word was said in his written complaint regarding any breach of the regulations over which he shed so many tears in his delightfully artless effusion to y° u - -As to the breaking of the regulations, the rector stated, in the course of his evidence, that “although Mr Parlane broke the letter of the regulations he did not think ho had broken the spirit.” What Mr Reid meant by this was that Mr Parlane. strapped the girl in her place in her class behind the boys, and did not, as wrongly stated by Mr White, bring her out and strap her in tl,e class. Any stranger reading Mr White a letter would imagine that his daughter was the meek martyr of a tyrannous schoolmaster.
In his evidence Mr Rector Reid said • In regard to Mr White’s child, he had found she was a very troublesome girl—exceedingly troublesome. He had continually to check her for talking and chatting.”
Mr Watters, his assistant, declared that, for continual petty disobedience, she was about the worst girl in the class, but for lessons she was the best.”
Surely, your readers will agree that here was a girl that deserved a good deal more than two or three strokes with a strap, and that a master who did not strap her was neglecting his duty to the school. Then the <ioctor s certificate with which he embroiders his remarks is, on the face of it, of ifctlo voice, except as showing the crjstalline source of its inspiration. It declares that “ the blow was given by Mr A. Parlane, teacher.” Unless the doctor was gifted with second sight how could he have seen the girl being strapped? Not only this, but a member of the Committee informs me in his evidence the doctor declared that “ there was no swelling on the girl’s hand, and she complained of no patn.”
Wny, then, this “ how-de-do” about such a frivolous matter ? If every master in our otate schools was set upon in this fashion by parents discipline would soon be a thing of the past. The fact is, Mr White has shown throughout this matter that the complaint is but a peg to get at Mr Parlane. What the reason of his strong personal bias iniy be is probably best known to Mr Harry White. It is well known that his girl ha? been strapped before by another master in the school, and, wonderful to relate, Mr Harry White never sent any complaint to the bchool Committee. Why, oh ! why this thusnesa? Prior to Mr Parlane’s having the audacity to strap a daughter of Mr White, he, at leastat the end of'lSDo, with his wellknown high-souled generosity, gave Mr Parlane the following unsolicited testimonial
T , , , Wilton, October (5,1895. I nave much pleasure in bearing testimony to 31r Andrew rarlane ns a painstaking teacher, and one willing to assist the children in their lessons as u ell as their outdoor games iu the playground V me ' ;o ' va<i 1™ I'd-teacher at, the Milton School, and I am sure any school committee that secure his services will he pleased with him. 1 known lus parents for over thirty years ana i am sure the home training he has received is of the very best,—l am, etc,,
Henry White, I writo this letter as a protest against any school teaoher being judged by the remarks of a parent who is known here as one who for years past has mads complaints against pearly every teaoher in the High School for Strapping his children. X therefore ask your readers who do not know the writer of the letter to take hU remarks with a good many grains of u f; ~ l “ m > , etc • • A. Pyke. Milton, October 2.
10 THE EDITOR. Slß,'—l observe by your issue of the 30 th ult. that Mr Henry White has given the public bis side of the “storm in a teacup” about the Milton High School. I have my own opinions about the particular case cited by Mr White, but I do not just now wish to usurp the business of the Education Board by entering upon it. At the same time, I think that it is only fair to Mr Parlane to have it publicly stated that Mr White is one of those peculiarly-constituted beings who must always have a grievance. I have been in this district now for about a quarter of a century, and during that time many little Whites seem to have been educated at the Milton High School, and one and all have been grossly abased or maltreated by onetcacheror another. Mr White’s forte is looking out for infringements of regulations. Railway servants, lamplighters, town councillors, building society officers, etc., are all under his eagle eye. His usefulness in ferreting out a grievance is undeniable and universally acknowledged. He is thus the recipient of the opinions of all the grumblers in the district. He is our good Father Abraham. We revere him. He protects ua from the tyranny of these overpaid and overfed officials.—l am, etc., X. Milton, October 2.
PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897
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