What you say

5th November 2004 at 00:00
Meg Shakesheff, 17, is head girl of Wolverhampton grammar, an independent school "Society is much more relaxed about swearing and there's definitely a place for it, but it's not with adults and it's not in the classroom. It's important that swearing remains a thing between friends.

"At school we are always taught that the way we behave should reflect the way you'd behave in a working environment. If you were in a workplace or a meeting and started effing and blinding, you'd be in trouble because that would be taken as lack of respect. But swearing on your lunchbreak is probably fair enough. School has to mirror real life, and I think it's wrong to say there should be no swearing in school whatsoever because, like outside of school, there is a time and a place."

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