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BOTD 10-26-2016 Blast from the Past 1915 - The White Feather Incident - A Kat Production

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Skater


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Blast from the Past – 1915 – The White Feather Incident
A Kat Production


In the midst of World War I, a severe shortage of qualified, available men led to your being brought out of retirement to serve as Headmaster of Brookfield School. You’ve managed to keep the school staffed despite a policy of only taking men who’ve attempted to volunteer and been rejected for service, have been discharged from the service or who are over the age limit for enlisting. One young teacher, though frail in appearance, has no obvious infirmity; in fact, he has a heart condition. Unknown to you, the older boys have been giving him a very bad time. Today he breaks down while teaching a class of sixth formers when a white feather falls from a book he is using. The culprit, Martin Grahame, is only too happy to take responsibility for the incident as a way of contrasting his bravery with Mr. Thorpe’s “cowardice”.


Martin Grahame - 17
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How will you deal with Martin Grahame, a 17-year-old boy you’ve always felt has great potential for leadership?


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David M. Katz


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I asked Kat about the white feather. It was expected then that all able bodied men would serve. If one did not then he was considered a coward and presented with a white feather.


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David M. Katz


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If Martin is of the caliber that I think him to be then I will simply explain Mr. Thorpe's situation. I am certain Martin will feel guilty and I am sure an apology from him to Mr. Thorpe will be coming.

Yes, he did a cruel thing but it was custom of the time and Martin only acted due to not knowing the facts.


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StevieWeeks


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Why hasn't Martin volunteered, then?  He's certainly old enough looking that the recruiting office would overlook the fact that he's not yet eighteen... they let thousands of boys into the fight who were underage and less mature looking than Martin and all...

It's about time to hand all the boys involved their own 'white feathers'...

Stevie...



Last edited by StevieWeeks on Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:33 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : typo 'amture' for mature...)

David M. Katz


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StevieWeeks wrote:Why hasn't Martin volunteered, then?  He's certainly old enough looking that the recruiting office would overlook the fact that he's not yet eighteen... they let thousands of boys into the fight who were underage and less amture looking than Martin and all...

It's about time to hand all the boys involved their own 'white feathers'...

Stevie...

Stevie makes a very valid point.


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ivor


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I think a birching is called for - in front of the whole school. After he has recovered I can march him down to the recruiting office.

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Jack


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I am going to explain my policy (which I'm sure I've already explained again), then explain that this young teacher, who is trying to educate him, HAS been medically disqualified, and I've seen the paperwork. I will let Grahame know how disappointed I am in him, as I considered him a fine leader, but his acting without facts and bullying seem to prove me wrong. I'll them have him strip down for twelve of the best, but I'll stop at 11. I'm sure he'll be confused as he dressed, until I hand him the white feather, and let him know that his twelfth stroke will be wearing that, and he can continue to wear it until he can prove to me that he can act like a man, rather than a bullying, immature child.


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