1897 The Strap!

  • Len Chellew Recalls Getting the Strap

    Len Chellew Receives the Strap in Grade One

    interviewed by Helen Banks

    Audio recording


    Len Chellew tells the story of getting the Strap as a student.

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    Audio Transcript

    “I was in grade one. The teacher left the room and about five or six of us went out. That school had banisters that were shaped like a horse’s saddle and we slid down the thing. Of course, we were caught and lined up in front of the rest of the class and we all got the strap. I never learned my lesson because I did it again and broke my shoulder.”