Sent to be smacked

I was nine years old and at primary school. I had just discovered swear words and was using them liberally. Too liberally – I swore at a teacher in class. Oh God, why did I do that?

She was furious. She scribbled out a note and pointed at the door angrily. “Go to the headmistress’s office – now!” She gave me the note for the head, which detailed my naughty behaviour, and out I went.

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