Blog post by Randi Richardson
On a warm, spring day the son of June Fulford came home from school covered with bruises, or so June said, from being whipped by his teacher. A few days later June confronted the teacher, Betty Jane Robinson, at the school house in Washington Township, Monroe County. She called her from the classroom into a hallway. When June asked why her boy, a first-grader, had been whipped, Betty Jane confessed that it was because he had laughed out loud when tickled by another student.
June determined to give Betty Jane taste of the same treatment her boy had received. Although somewhat smaller than the teacher, she began raining blows upon Betty Jane’s face. When the principal attempted to intervene, June gave him a few swift kicks on his shins.
Assault and battery charges were filed against June, and she was called into the mayor’s court. When her case was heard, she claimed that the teacher had picked on her boy because he came from a poor family. The mayor fined June $1.00 and court costs which amounted to another $10. She was also given a suspended sentence at the state penal farm and placed on probation.
In what year did this happen? Although I’ve given you enough clues to find the answer, resist the effort to research the question. Then take a guess and comment below. The answer will appear next week for those with an inquiring mind.
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