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Burlington Free Press and Times, Vermont, 17 April 1919, p.11

Vindication for Principal Douglass

Board of School Commissioners Find that Punishment Inflicted on Fourteen Boys Who Played Truant Was in Most Cases Justified

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A complete vindication of the charges of brutality, severity and undue punishment charged against Prin. Wesley H. Douglass of the junior high school, as made by a majority of the parents of the 14 boys who were whipped with a rubber hose several weeks ago for playing truant, was made by the board of school commissioners Friday night after a session lasting nearly four hours. Four commissioners voted for the vindication and two did not vote.

The following resolution was given to the Free Press as an official statement from the school commissioners:

"After careful consideration of the evidence submitted at the hearing in the junior high school trouble the school board finds that the punishment administered was in most cases justified."

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