Mind your language;Letter

6th March 1998 at 00:00
In your report (TES, February 13) of the Old Bailey rape trial, you quote a primary teacher as saying: "The language some of the boys use is staggering.You think, Christ, how do they know that?"

Although the question may well be rhetorical, this teacher has also provided the answer: children learn from the example of adults. Some will learn from this teacher that Christ is a swear word which many people will find offensive, if not blasphemous.

MICHAEL J SMITH

10 Hillview North Pickenham Swaffham Norfolk

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