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You are headmaster at a boarding prep school (boys 8 -13) in England. At 11:30 one night, well after all the boys' bedtimes, the fire alarm went off. You and matron and another resident master toured the dormitories ensuring boys followed the drill and got the boys outside the building in dressing gowns and blankets while the fire brigade were called. Eventually, after checks were made and roll call taken, the all clear was given and the boys were hustled back to their beds, some thinking it a great jape, others an attack on their beauty sleep.
You decide that at assembly you will invite the culprit to own up or the school will do detention on the next Wednesday afternoon which is usually given to team matches against other schools and classes finish at lunchtime. Of course the cricket matches will be cancelled; a matter of serious concern to most of the boys.
You suggest the boy concerned visit your study at morning break and at that time 11 year old Michael visits you and confesses.
This does pose a problem on two counts. While you use caning and slippering, you try your best to confine the use of the cane to boys in the top two years which Michael won't reach till next term. This is something you discussed with the Chairman of Governors. You really do think this is a caning matter. Problem two is Michael is the grandson of the Chairman of Governors. While you have been told that he should be treated like every other boy, does the serious nature of this offence allow you to make an example of him? Typically six of the best would be maximum but it is not an absolute limit.
Do you cane or slipper, if so how much and should the Chairman of Governors be consulted?
Michael, by the way, is a typical boy of his age who has taken his slipperings well and usually his mischiefs are minor ones.
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