Shocking piercings

21st May 2004 at 01:00
Definite sense of deja vu last weekend at the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association in Peebles as Cathy Jamieson turned up. Quite by coincidence, the police superintendents happened to be meeting at the same venue.

But the former education minister and now Justice Minister might well have found favour for her antisocial behaviour Bill in the neighbouring hall. As ever, the behaviour of the small minority - pupils, not delegates - detained conference for some time.

Ruth Doherty, a Renfrewshire physics teacher, lamented the reluctance to accept class rules. "If it's a Higher class, they will attempt to find out if their body piercings conduct electricity," she said.

Fortunately, Jamieson was not around to hear that practical amendment to her Bill.

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