Memories From The Past
Class rooms in schools as many generations remember did not have lockers for the children’s belongings. We had cloakrooms. The cloakrooms were narrow closet-like structures, usually along the back of the room, with sometimes two entrances and a teachers closet inside. Along the wall would be a strip of hooks and a shelf above.
When we entered class in the mornings we would go to the cloakroom, find an empty hook and hang our coats and put our caps on the shelf. If it was raining or snowy, we usually removed our rain shoes; galoshes, rubber over shoes or boots and placed them under our coats. If you carried your lunch, it to was placed on the shelf.
Cloakrooms were used as a place to mete out punishments. For minor transgressions, you might be sentenced to remain seated in the cloakroom, alone.
For what the teacher decided was a major transgression, you might receive a spanking. Teachers in those days did not hesitate to spank children and no additional adult was required to observe. The teachers would use an 18-inch ruler or the paddle with the rubber string and ball removed. Usually you took your medicine and hoped no one would tell your parents you had been whipped in school.
As we grew older, the cloakroom was a place to steal a quick kiss, hoping no one saw you, especially the teacher. If the teacher caught you, as a boy, you usually received a few licks.
Now the cloakrooms are usually a thing of the past. Small lockers abound and this is no place to try and steal a kiss.
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