Corpun file 23740
The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 15 July 1948, p.27
Punishment 'Excessive', Teacher Is Convicted
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North Bay, July 14 (Special). -- Lloyd Lewis,
principal of the Loring Public School, was convicted in police
court here today of imposing excessive punishment on 15-year-old
Billy Dobbs, Golden Valley, and was given a suspended sentence of
In passing sentence Magistrate M.G. Gould said: "The teacher
lost his temper under the conditions obtaining and I think he
went beyond the reasonable limits of punishment after completing
a strapping. This was not punishment but was actually a
manhandling of another person."
Dobbs, the evidence disclosed, had been out of school from the
time of his punishment in May, 1947, until about two months ago.
He had been hospitalized in North Bay for about three weeks and
in Toronto for about 50 days. He appeared in court this morning
Lewis said he had been transferred to the Golden Valley school
from Loring at the request of school trustees who asked him to
see that the students were strictly disciplined. The teacher
previously there, Miss J. Gervais, had been unable to control the
older boys. "I was afraid of some of them who were bigger
than I am," Miss Gervais testified. "When I attempted
to punish Billy Dobbs, he made a motion to strike me."
Lewis said he had given Dobbs several strokes of the strap for
smoking and when the youth refused to hold out his hand for more,
he had drawn him across a desk and given him eight or nine strap
slaps across the buttocks.
Later, Lewis admitted, he had taken Dobbs by the back of the neck
and had pushed him toward the door, where he had fallen to the
floor. Dobbs maintained he had been pushed to the ground and had
been unable to get up.
"This boy admitted smoking," commented Magistrate
Gould. "The teacher was entirely justified in strapping on
the hands in the usual way. The boy drew back his hand and the
teacher drew him over a desk and strapped him."
"There again, I don't think there was excessive punishment.
He had to maintain discipline."
"But from there on," concluded the magistrate,
"the situation was different."
In addition to drawing a suspended sentence of one year, Lewis
was ordered to pay court costs of $35.
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