Unholy hints

23rd February 2001 at 00:00
Things seem to be getting just a little too much for someone at the National Union of Teachers in Leicester. The branch's newsletter City Teacher begins a "prayer for the stressed" unoriginally enough: "Grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change," But the tone soon darkens:

"And the wisdom to hide the boies of those I had to kill today because they got on my nerves.

"Help me to remember it takes 42 muscles to frown, 28 to smile and only four to extend my arm and smack someone in the mouth."

However, the City Teacher adds a note of caution in its next item:

"Restraint of pupils, know the risks!"

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