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Thread #162491   Message #3867390
Posted By: Steve Shaw
20-Jul-17 - 06:23 PM
Thread Name: BS: Clerical Abuse of Children
Subject: RE: BS: Catholic Abuse of Children
"Maybe some were just a slap on the face or the fingers."

You really didn't need to do that Greg mention, did you, Joe? Anyway. Your mention of rapped fingers reminded me of a tale that's gone into Shaw family history. My mum had tried to teach me to to do my letters before I went to school, and, by the time I went, I was pretty good at doing capitals. But when my teacher, Miss Scanlon, tried to get the class to do lower-case letters, I refused. Lower case was not what my mum had taught me and NOBODY overruled my mum. End of.

So a frustrated Miss Scanlon seized a six-inch ruler and bashed me on the fingers, firmly but very gently, I admit. But I wasn't having it. I marched out of school, five years old, straight to the police station, half a mile from the school, where I reported Miss Scanlon for hitting me FOR NOTHING! The desk sergeant was very nice and he took me seriously and even wrote things down. Eventually my dad came to rescue me from the police station. Miss Scanlon was mortified that I'd reported her to the police and was very nice to me from then on. She even let me carry her handbag on the way to church on holy days of obligation. Years later, I got to know her a bit better and realised what a solid gold woman she was. The house in Radcliffe where she lived on her own is still there and I never fail to remember her as I drive past it on my way to my mum and dad's. She died almost twenty years ago aged 90 and is buried in Radcliffe Cemetery.