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U3A Writing: Hold Out Your Hand

...Mr D-- happened to leave the room for a few minutes and a few of us were fooling about, making animal and bird shapes on the screen with our hands. As he came back into the room I was startled and by accident, knocked his cup of coffee all over the table!
Guess what? Out came his pump and my hand didn't half hurt for the rest of that day!...

Hazel Dracup tells of a teacher who believed in physical punishment.

There was one teacher that I totally disliked when I was at school in Bradford between the ages of 6 and 12.
His name was Mr D-- and he taught several subjects including History and Geography. He was very strict and did not suffer fools gladly. He was my form teacher for a couple of my later years at that school.

If he knew that you were capable of doing well in the subjects he taught, but did not perform as you should, you would certainly know about it, and so would everyone else.
He was the only one of all the teachers I have had that believed in using a form of physical punishment for misbehaviour. In his drawer he had a pair of pumps (which we today know as trainers, we called them pumps in those days). Anyone misbehaving would face his wrath and have to come to the front of the class, out came his pump from his drawer and it would land on the palm of your hand, Ouch!

I can clearly remember one occasion, having a slide or film show during the class with a projector and screen. Mr D-- happened to leave the room for a few minutes and a few of us were fooling about, making animal and bird shapes on the screen with our hands. As he came back into the room I was startled and by accident, knocked his cup of coffee all over the table.

Guess what? Out came his pump and my hand didn't half hurt for the rest of that day.

Luckily I left that school when I was just turned 12, to go to boarding school, so I did not have to face Mr D-- and his dreaded pump any more - thank goodness.

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