A Pi Beta Production
You are the headmaster of a boys (aged 8-13) boarding school in the 1960s where punishment usually involves the use of a gymshoe or, for the oldest boys, the cane.
It is close to the end of the summer term and, having consulted with your staff, have decided that Patrick is the ideal choice for Head Boy for the new school year. He is good at sport, his studies and is generally well-behaved. His few gymshoe whackings have all been ones for being involved with others in his dormitory for relatively minor mischief. You have no knowledge of anything individual or more severe.
When you invite Patrick into your study to inform him that you intend to make him Head Boy, you expect him to accept with alacrity but he goes quiet, deep in thought before hesitatingly he tells you:
"I'm pleased you want to give me that role, Sir but I think I need to confess something to you that might make you change your mind."
"You remember this time two years ago there was the fire alarm while you were hosting Mr. Heath's leaving party, Sir. Well, I was the one who set it off, Sir."
You certainly do remember the incident. You were furious at the time because the meal was spoiled and the evening badly disrupted. Mr. Heath had not been popular with the boys, especially the then senior boys, and you'd assumed it was one of the top two years who had set off the alarm. You had made it very clear at the time that if you found out who had set off the alarm, he would receive an exemplary caning in his sports shorts in front of the whole school.
Patrick went on in explanation, "I'd always hoped to keep it secret from you, Sir, but all the boys knew it was me. I was dared to do it to prove I wasn't the goody-goody they all accused me of being. But I know that as Head Boy I'll be expected to report boys to you for punishment. It's almost certain that the first boy I tell I'll be reporting will respond by threatening to tell on me for that alarm, Sir. Sorry, Sir."
How do you react? With a smile and praise for his confession; choose another boy as your next Head Boy; give him the exemplary caning you promised two years ago, or...