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Boy Reprimanded Over Apple Insanity

Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 14:25 by Matt Rhodes

Feisty 16 year old Tom Bosley (not the actor) was close to receiving a suspension from the Kings of Wessex school in Cheddar for eating an apple. This Year 11 ‘rebel-supposed-to-be-without-a-core’ was caught eating the said fruit on the school tennis court, which is not a designated eating area.

He was given a 30 minute lunchtime detention which he failed to attend. He then refused the offer of an after school one as well. After failing to attend both punishments, Tom was sent to a supervised learning unit (sounds a bit sinister, we never had those in my day), where he missed a whole day of lessons.

Headteacher Chris Richardson said, ‘For health and safety reasons, blah, etc…’ in fact I don’t even need to finish the quote. You know how it goes. Anyway the designated food areas are the foodhall, for obvious reasons, and the gym.

And there we have it, the insanity continues. We live in a world where health and safety is killing, slowly but surely, our human spirit. It was an apple. I’m going to say that again. AN APPLE! Fair enough if he’d been eating it in a lesson, lobbing it at passers by or using it for other purposes only a teenage boy could ever think of, but no he was eating it in an unauthorised area. It’s not a nuclear power-station - it’s a school.

Thats it! I’ve had enough of this Health and Safety nonsense. I’m going to spend the rest of the day leaning back on my chair eating crisps on a football pitch. You just try and stop me.

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4 Comments on “Boy Reprimanded Over Apple Insanity”

  1. Rhys Wilcox Says:

    Ah but is it just ‘an apple’? Surely the issue here is that rules were broken. The first rule may have been petty but it was a rule none-the-less. That then escalated into a series of rule breakerage in which the school had little choice but to follow through step by step.

    In the olden days they would’ve taken the birch to him. Or ducking stool. Both would have ensured he never did it again.

  2. fiona Says:

    and wasn’t the boy eating healthily anyway!!

  3. Eliza E. Lanyard Says:

    But look at the trouble Snow White got herself in munching on apples, perhaps the school head is aware of dwarf and fairy activity in the vicinity and was keen to avoid an ‘incident’. *grin*

  4. Rhys Wilcox Says:

    She took hers from a stranger so the moral is it was her own bloody fault.

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