You are the captain and part owner of a sail training ship. You typically take groups of schoolchildren, boys and girls, aged between thirteen and sixteen on voyages lasting for approximately three weeks. You love the sea and you get tremendous satisfaction from watching your young charges grow as they tackle and surmount the challenges presented to them.
You are coming to the end of the first week of a voyage with a mixed age group of boys on board. Unfortunately this voyage has become soured by having Damion (an aggressive foul mouthed fourteen year old shirker who has somehow managed to bluff his way past the selection panel) on board An insubordinate brat he has got up the noses of both your team of instructors and of his peer group, apparently single handedly managing to disrupt the bonding and team spirit that normally builds over the first few days of a voyage.
Today things have come to a head; Damion in an altercation has punched and injured a younger boy; he has been roughly (very roughly) restrained and dragged before you by two irate sixteen year olds who, you note with satisfaction, have him restrained in a painful hold. You look at him with distaste as he struggles and curses his captors and reflect that in bygone days you would have had no hesitation mustering the ship's company to witness his "kissing the gunners daughter." In fact, at this moment nothing would give you more satisfaction than to leather his bared breech yourself. Unfortunately though you have never ever sought any parental permission to use corporal punishment to discipline your young charges.
You demand an explanation from Damion but none is forthcoming; he just looks insolently at you and defiantly tries to stare you out as you deliberate your limited options. (casting him adrift in an open boat sadly not being one of them)
Sailing in international waters under a flag of convenience you are the captain; the ultimate arbiter and dispenser of justice on board your vessel. It will be another two weeks before you are due to reach port and while the incident is not serious enough to warrant you aborting the voyage you are fully aware of how unpopular Damion has become amongst his peers. You consider your options mindful that in the current atmosphere on board your decision will flash round the ship in seconds and that a weak or indecisive response would be quite likely to engender outrage, possible reprisals and a spell of volatility.
Aware that in loco parentis that you are responsible for the safety and welfare of all your young charges (including Damion) you determine that you are not about to let one bad apple spoil the barrel.
You ponder and make your decision.
But what is it?