Perth Courier, Sept. 16, 1887
Quite a sensation was created in Smith’s Falls last week by the case of a row between two of the teachers in the high school resulting from previous bad feeling between the two men. The reports of trouble which have reached here are to the effect that one of the assistants, Mr. Mitchell, went into the room of the principal, Mr. Ned Robertson, and was ordered out.
Claiming a right of admission there, Mitchell refused to go when after some angry words Robertson knocked or shoved the other man and knocked his head two or three times against the floor. Mitchell is an elderly man and got pretty well damaged in the encounter his opponent never receiving a scratch. We understand Mr. Robertson claims the provocation he received from Mr. Mitchell was unendurable and that he allowed his feelings to get the better of his discretion.
The Independent refers to it as a “disgraceful affair”. In the Mayor’s court the day after Mr. Robertson was fined $10 and costs for the assault and at a special meeting of the Board of Education both teachers were requested to resign their positions. We believe Mr. Mitchell has done so and Mr. Robertson did not where after the Board ordered the high school to be closed and the doors locked.
We believe Mr. Robertson does not look kindly on his “judgement” but appears regularly every day at the door and tries to enter thereby throwing the onus of the lockout onto the Board of Education. Notwithstanding, the Board has advertised for a fresh staff to fill the vacancies and seems determined to hold the ground they have taken.
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