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Thread #162491   Message #3867405
Posted By: Joe Offer
20-Jul-17 - 08:47 PM
Thread Name: BS: Clerical Abuse of Children
Subject: RE: BS: Catholic Abuse of Children
Steve, the Miss Scanlon story was great. As for Greg - well, I don't want him to feel I'm ignoring him. He gets really testy when he feels he's being ignored. I actually like the guy - but don't tell him that. It's fun needling him.

When I was in Third Grade (age 8) in a Catholic school in Detroit, we had Mrs. Ross. Mrs. Ross had a reputation for throwing chalkboard erasers at boys when thye misbehaved. She threw a lot of erasers, and it always seemed to make us laugh. Nobody ever got hurt or even got hurt feelings, but I suppose some people nowadays would think it horribly abusive.

And then in Eighth grade in Wisconsin, Sister Raymonde was principal. If you did something in class that the teacher couldn't deal with, you went to Sister Raymonde. If your offense was bad enough, you'd get swatted on the behind with her canoe paddle. I never heard anyone say that it hurt. The word was that wind resistance slowed the paddle down enough that it couldn't hurt you. Sister Raymonde administered punishments with a smile and a sense of humor, and kids loved her. The "bad kids" seemed to try to get sent to Sister Raymonde.