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Old 11-04-2011, 07:12 PM
The Flying Dutchman The Flying Dutchman is offline
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Location: 50N West Georgia Strait
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Ever get "the strap" in school.

I was seven years old, in Grade II when I first got the strap for printing an inappropriate comment on a card left over from a 5 cent kleenex package. That was 1957.

It was the first strap of maybe a dozen I've received in elementary school for talking and laughing in class as well as school yard fighting.

The strap , if I remember correctly was made of hard leather, perhaps the kind used in barber shops in days past to sharpen razors.

It was painful as hell. Painful for days. It left your hand and wrists black and blue. The number of lashes depended upom the severity of the infraction. You held your hands out, palms up, and if you moved just prior to the strike , you'd get extra lashes.

After I moved away from southern Ontario, I came to learn that most people I've mentioned this to never heard of the strap.

If you did, could you tell us which country, province or state ?

Last edited by The Flying Dutchman; 11-04-2011 at 07:13 PM.


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