I attended a strict Boys Grammar School from 1965 - 1973. The Headmaster held his position from 1958 to 1978.He was always hot tempered and impatient - apparently particularly so ,in his early years though by the time I arrive in September 1965 he had cooled down a bit.
I distinctly recall a conversation between my mother and a neighbour who had a son in the sixth form.This was early 1962. The Headmaster punished a boy so severely that his legs were made to bleed. Even he recognized he had gone too far and proceeded to apologise to the boy's parents.I have no knowledge as to what the boy had done or as to his age - whether 12 or 16.Nor do I know whether he was content with an apology being given to his parents. Prima facie the Headmaster's action would appear to constitute GBH or ABH, and had I been the victim I would have wanted my parents to have called the police with a view to having him charged. Had they failed to do so I would have waited until reaching the age of majority - which was 21 in 1962 -and called the police myself even if this delayed any proceedings until 1969 or 1970.I would not have let him get away with his criminal behaviour.
What do others think?