Monday, 2 July 2012

A memory jogged

A very early memory, from junior school - so I was less than 10 at the time. The word in the playground was that some older boys were seriously in trouble and - they said - it was because they'd been caught looking up girls' skirts.
They were going to get the cane, or so the playground voices said. It seems very, very unlikely as I'm pretty sure caning was history by then. But we believed what we were told. I didn't find out who the bad boys were, if they really did do the upskirt peeping - or what punishment they suffered for whatever it was that they did.
But the story fascinated me in a really disturbing way at the time, and it sprang to mind when I found Mr Tawse's post today. Funny how things stay tucked away in the memory vaults only to pop up decades later, isn't it?


  1. I have to say I did a lot of knicker "peeping" and never got into trouble for it!

  2. Naughty boy! Go straight to the Head's study!

  3. It would have been poetic justice if the bad boys had been caned in front of all the girl students at the school.

    As a boy, I didn't look up the girls' skirts because that would have been wrong.


  4. I think my story is metamorphosing into your story now. I think you should write that caning scene and share it with us. There's your home work, don't hand it in late...