Lighten up

23rd September 2005 at 01:00
Teachers laugh out loud every nine minutes, learned research revealed last week. This is because they are so happy in their jobs, we were told. Or could it be to relieve stress?

Then again, there is much to laugh about, as a primary 1 teacher in central Scotland found out last week. She discovered one lad had been playing with a cigarette lighter, prompted by the usual innocent question about what her class had been up to at the weekend. Not only that, his mother knew nothing about it, he triumphantly revealed.

This so concerned the teacher that she thought she should tell the mother and, while she was at it, issue a stern warning to her young charges about the potentially serious consequences of playing with fire. "Oh I would never do that, miss," one model of perfection piped up. "I don't even know where my lighter is."

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