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Daily Mail, London, 3 June 1959, p.3
Schoolboys punished for freeing rabbits
By Daily Mail Reporter
THREE 18-year-old schoolboys have been punished for freeing
three baby rabbits which were due to be killed and dissected.
After they owned up to the "offence" the headmaster,
Mr. E.J. Hutchins, told Clive and Paul: "You can either hand
in your prefects' ties or have three strokes of the cane."
Roger Cox was not offered a choice.
We all knew we had done wrong and we have no complaints about
our punishment. I think the head has been very fair."
Corpun file 22447 at www.corpun.com
Daily Express, London, 17 June 1959
Master goes to police as --
Spanked boy pulls out knife
Express Staff Reporter
A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy flicked ink over the master's coat in the classroom. The master, 27-year-old Mr. James Arthur Dukes, spanked the boy.
At the first stroke of the slipper on the boy's backside, the boy pulled out a sheath knife. And, said Mr. Dukes, he started to clean his nails with it in a rather exaggerated fashion.
"He refused to put the knife away, so I overpowered him and smacked him on the behind with my hand five times.
"The boy then threatened to 'set the gang on me' and said he would send his 'old man along to put the boot in.'"
Outside the school, Mr. Dukes told Wallington, Surrey, magistrates yesterday, he was again threatened with "extreme physical violence" by the boy and a 13-year-old boy from the same school.
So he went to Wallington police station to seek police protection.
Police Inspector Albert Selway, telling the next episode in the Blackboard Jungle case, said that when Mr. Dukes left the police station, the two boys ran towards him in a raging temper.
The shouted at him: "Come and have it out. Let's get it over now."
The 15-year-old boy unbuckled a leather belt fitted with studs and nails. "One cut across the face with this weapon would do a terrible injury," said the inspector.
The 15-year-old, he said, was the self-appointed leader of teenage boy-and-girl gangs. "Although setting up as a hero, he is the first away at the sign of trouble."
Both boys were remanded in custody.
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