1907: Exemplary school pupil flogged and dismissed from Cuckfield School for smoking

Sussex Agricultural Express - Saturday 03 August 1907

EDUCATION IN EAST SUSSEX.

COUNTY COMMITTEE MEETING AT LEWES.


CUCKFIELD SCHOOL BOY CASE.


Reference was made by Mr. G. C. Hawes the case of a boy who had been dismissed from Cuckfield School for smoking a cigarette. The boy, said Mr. Hawes, was in possession of four medals for good attendance, and was entitled to a fifth. He was found smoking a cigarette; was flogged by the teacher, and subsequently dismissed the school. He (Mr. Hawes) considered the teacher had no right to dismiss the boy under the circumstances, and he should like to know whether any information had been given on the subject. If not, he should like to move a resolution that the teacher be communicated with for that purpose.


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The Chairman—l am given to understand that no information has been received at the office here, but will the hon. member rest assured that the fullest investigation will be made.


Mr. Hawes—As long as the matter is not allowed to drop. I consider no teacher should be allowed to take matters into his own hands..


Col. Campion expressed the view that a rather high hand had been taken by the teacher. and Major Lister, having referred to the medals the boy had won for good attendance, closed discussion on the subject by asking: Is the reward of virtue to be flogging and dismissal? (laughter).

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