I was annoyed and had a mind to speak first, but as I started to rise Red Shirt spoke first, so I stopped. He had put away his pipe and was wiping his face with a striped handkerchief. No doubt he filched that handkerchief from Madonna. Men's handkerchiefs are white linen. "I too, upon hearing of the misconduct of our boarding students, felt myself inadequate as head teacher, and I am deeply ashamed that my moral influence failed to affect these young men. Problems arise in the presence of a deficiency. Looking at the case in question, it would appear that the students are solely at fault, but if we investigate thoroughly we may find that responsibility lies with the school. If we judge superficially and mete out severe punishment, it could prove detrimental to our future. Furthermore, we can't rule out the possibility that these hot-blooded young men, intoxicated with the vigor of youth, were unable to discern right from wrong and performed this mischief half unwittingly. Of course, the method of punishment is up to the principal, and it's not my place to interfere, but I would request that all circumstances be considered and the situation resolved in as lenient a manner as possible."
Tanuki and Red Shirt were two of a kind. Both asserted brazenly that when students run amok it's the teachers, not the students, who are at fault. So if one is hit in the head by a lunatic, it's one's own fault. Thank you very much. If the students need to expend excess energy then take them to the athletic grounds for wrestling, but don't tell me they half unwittingly put grasshoppers in my bed. At this rate, they could murder me in my sleep and be acquitted on grounds of 'half unwittingly.'