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Daily Mail, London, 12 February 1960, p.3
Boys turn up at school ... drunk
They went home for lunch and drank port
By Daily Mail Reporter
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TWO 14-year-old school boys returned to their form-room after
the lunch break and collapsed.
They were rushed to the school medical room because teachers
thought they were ill.
But the school doctor diagnosed ... DRUNKENNESS.
Then it was discovered that the boys had been drinking port when
they went home during the lunch hour.
Both boys were immediately suspended from the new boys' high
school at Batley, Yorkshire, while the facts were considered.
That was last week. On Monday one boy returned to the school and
The other was due for a similar punishment on Tuesday.
But other pupils heard a scuffle in the corridor and then learned
that a geography master had been struck and knocked to the
Yesterday the headmaster, Mr. G.C. Locke, announced to the 900
boys in the assembly hall that a caning would be inflicted on the
boy who got tight and then resisted punishment.
He went to his study and ten minutes later a crestfallen boy
left it. He was not seen at school again yesterday.
Last night the headmaster, the chairman of the governors,
Councillor J.R.R. Thornes, who is Mayor of Batley, and the
vice-chairman, Councillor John S. Watson, held a private meeting.
Councillor Thornes said after it: "All I can say is that
facts about this matter have been communicated to the police. We
have nothing more to say. This matter is entirely one for the
But Batley headquarters of the West Riding police issued a
statement that said: "The Governors have dealt with this
matter. The police are taking no further action."
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