Corpun file 25185 at www.corpun.com
Daily Mirror, London, 17 May 1938, p.10
Damages for "Will Hay" Schoolboy
A BOY of eleven who was punished by a schoolmaster for
flicking pellets at him -- "Just like Will Hay," the
boy said -- gave evidence at Wandsworth County Court yesterday in
cross-actions. All the boys, he said, were doing the same, but he
was the only one to be found out.
In one action Mr. Charles Richard King, schoolmaster, of
Church-road, Barnes, was awarded four guineas school fees claimed
from Mr. John Nicholas Patrick Conlan, architect employed at the
Office of Works, of Nowell-road, Barnes and in the other Mr.
Conlan was awarded four guineas damages with costs, against Mr.
King for an assault on his son Peter. He claimed £25.
Mr. King said that Peter had been at his private school since he
was five and a half. His parents took him away without giving the
proper term's notice.
Cross-examined by Mr. S. Levine, for Mr. Conlan, Mr. King said
the boy was bright and intelligent, and had made good progress,
but was "an awful liar."
He had caned him whenever he needed correction, but never at all seriously.
Mrs. Conlan said that on one occasion the boy came home
"deathly white" and absolutely exhausted. She examined
him and found five red weals and two bruises on his body.
Afterwards Mr. King agreed that he lost control of himself.
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Peter Conlan said that since being in Mr. King's class he had had
detentions nearly every day. Once it was for flicking pellets at
Mr. King while his back was turned, "Just like Will Hay."
Once Mr. King gave him ten strokes with the cane. He then
stopped, but afterwards thrashed him again until he was tired out.
Judge Haydon: Did you count the number of blows he gave you? --
No, I was in such pain.
More than fifty? -- About fifty.
Mr. King declared that most of the boy's allegations were purely
imaginary. He had been very lenient in regard to caning.
Judge Haydon said Mr. King was obviously a most excitable man and
somewhat exceeded what was proper in giving chastisement to a boy
of such tender years.
Mr. Conlan, who said that he was a Justice of the Peace and a
councillor, described Peter as a very truthful boy.
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