Ava is an inspiration to us all
Well done to Ava Bell, the 11-year-old Cambuslang girl who spoke out about being included in a collective punishment at school when she had done nothing wrong.
I cannot believe such things are still happening.
Way back in the 1960s I was threatened with being expelled for protesting against the same thing.
A teacher had left her classroom and some pupils misbehaved but I was not one of them.
We were all given a punishment exercise which I refused to do as I had enough homework .
Instead I wrote an essay to the school head saying that teachers should supervise their classes at all times and would then know which pupils behaved and which ones didn’t.
I was told I had to apologise or be expelled .
I apologised, reluctantly, as expulsion would have been a disgrace.
The head told me he had never read such impertinence written by a pupil and that he would keep the essay.
I hope he did as five years later I was an award winning writer but all these years later the teachers still don’t seem to have learned their lesson.
Dorothy Connor Rutherglen