I agree with Gorgeous, I think that in this country we've been scared to be normal. Everything is so procedurised that the ridiculous reigns.
The girl was sent home with a note saying that she had sustained injuries (or whatever) due to a "skipping rope incident" implying that somehow she had tripped up. No. She was tied up and whipped, with 2 boys on look out.
The head is at fault for hiding behind procedure. The governor who sacked her as his cleaner so that he could remain on her hearing (disciplinary? appeal?? lose track) is clearly a limp old salad leaf.
Having SILs from Italy and Germany makes me realise how very hide-bound and fearful we have become, having lost sight of reality and funneling our reactions through a stultifying funnel of perceived respectability.
If this had happened to my child, I'd want to know the truth. Or a vaguely proximate version of the truth, not be fobbed off with that weasel word "incident."
Don't approve of going to the media though. but round here you can't get bitten by a dog without the local paper getting very excited. I expect the prospect off a skipping rope had them in a right old lather.
You may have noticed that one of my NY resolutions is to drop my softly softly caring side and go straight to the action.