October 11th, 1848 (Wednesday)

October 11, 2010

Been much pained to find in a variety of ways that Young is a bully, which obliged me on a late occasion to address the whole school upon the subject. At that time impressed upon the boys that it was not only unchristian, but cowardly, for the strong to oppress the weak, whom they ought rather to protect. That while I had no intention of interfering in their private disputes, which I hoped they would always settle amicably among themselves, remembering the plain command in the Gospel ‘to love one another,’ – yet the College was resolved to prevent the vulgar, unmanly, ungodly, practice of bullying. That I knew of its existence, though aware of its having decreased, and that I had my eye upon one boy, who came from home with such a character, and who, notwithstanding the well-known repugnance of the College to such behaviour, was still guilty of it. Then, without mentioning Young’s name, warned him publicly to refrain from worrying the little boys, for that if he was caught doing so, – nothing would save him from a flogging.

However, this did not succeed in stopping him, for Richards came to me, and detailed such a system of ill usage offered to him by Young, and so utterly unprovoked and unjustifiable, that I was resolved to do this, as the suffering boy told me he was willing to bear, and had borne, a great deal, – but that it was now become quite intolerable. He is an odd boy, and is made rather a butt of.

So went into School this evening, and after a short speech to the boys, – had Young conducted to the present shoe-room, which is separated from the School room by an oak partition, so that while the patient is invisible his cries can be heard. There, with a stout rod of elm twigs, gave him severe chastisement. Very miserable at having to do it, for I have lately got fond of the boy, and to raise red wheals upon fair flesh is not exactly to my taste. He once turned round and said to me; “Oh! Mr Warden you don’t know how you hurt.” I was sad, but inexorable. This case, and the way in which it has been treated, will settle for ever any doubts that might be entertained of the opinion of the College on such matters.

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