An extraordinary option: Tooth drawing by a pupil teacher

At Preston yesterday, Herbert Berry, 16, pupil teacher, was summoned for assaulting three of his scholars by extracting their teeth.

It was alleged that the defendant gave the lads the option of being caned or having their teeth drawn, and when they elected the alternative, he performed the operation with his own hands.

There were said to be other cases, but the parents refused to prosecute. Defemdant was fined £3 and costs in the first case, and the other cases were withdrawn on payment of the costs.

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, April 22, 1896.

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