A Kat Production
You teach chemistry at an all-boys independent school in Australia. You have extremely strict safety rules in your lab. Any pupil who breaks one of these rules is required to step into the adjacent room where you store the supplies and bend over for two sharp strokes of the cane.
This year, for the first time, your school and its sister school offer coeducational classes. Two young ladies have signed up for your chemistry class, subject to the same rules and standards as the male pupils. All is well and good until one of these girls breaks a safety rule by mixing a couple of chemicals, resulting in broken glassware (hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide). Even though you didn’t see her do it, you’ve taught long enough to read the guilt and fear on her face. Her lab partner, however, 15-year-old Brian Cooke, insists that he is actually the culprit.
Do you allow Brian to take the blame, as the young lady is saying nothing, or do you press her to confess? If she does confess, does Brian get any punishment for lying to you?
*As it has been 35 years since I was in a chemistry lab and did a very minimal bit of research to find something to fit, cut me some slack and don’t nitpick the details on this one! - Kat