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The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, 1 October 1924, p.9
Insist on Rubber Hose in Schools
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Elmsford, N.Y., Oct. 1. -- The board of education of this town
resolved that hereafter the school children of Elmsford shall not
be beaten with the hose as punishment. N.F. Sharidan, president
of the board, thereupon launched a controversy by declaring he
would decline to permit the board to take up any business until
it returns to the rubber hose.
"If these people insist on banishing corporal
punishment," he said, "the principal of the school will
leave. Sixteen of the 22 women teachers will resign with him."
The controversy centers about Howard L. Holden, the new
principal of the school. "I have been principal of high
schools for 13 years," he said tonight, "and I have
always used a rubber hose to punish children. A rubber hose
leaves no mark."
Corpun file 24827 at www.corpun.com
Trenton Times, New Jersey, 6 October 1924
School Hose Whip Will Remain; Teachers Agree On Compromise
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NEW YORK, Oct. 6. -- The limp bit of rubber hose which stings
but does not leave a mark is to remain as the symbol of
punishment in the little town of Elmsford, N.Y.
Out of all the harsh words, the threats to resign of Howard L.
Holden, the athletic young school principal, and sixteen of his
young women teachers, has come a compromise. Hereafter the school
children who feel the lash of the hose on their backs have only
their parents to blame.
It was announced last night by the Board of Education that a
compromise had been reached. Mr. Holden had insisted he must be
given back his authority to whip bad school children with the
hose or he would resign. With him stood two members of the board,
the teachers and many of the parents.
Against them stood the 6 feet 7 inches of Police Justice William
Scott, Mrs. Lewis, whose child was beaten by Mr. Holden, and
three members of the Board of Education.
For the first time since the controversy started the Board of
Education was as one man last night. "Everybody is
satisfied," they said. No one will resign and Mr. Holden may
continue to wield the rubber hose.
Those children whose parents do not object to Mr. Holden's laying
on of the hose will continue to be punished with it when they are
Oral or written consent will be given to Mr. Holden by such
parents. The parents who object to rubber hosing by Mr. Holden
will be required to punish their children at home for misdeeds
reported by the school. They must give assurance there will be no
repetition of the children's offenses.
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