I was annoyed and had a mind to speak first, but as I started to rise Red Shirt spoke, so I stopped myself. He had put away his pipe and was wiping his face with a striped handkerchief. No doubt he'd filched that handkerchief from Madonna. Men's handkerchiefs are white linen. "I too, upon hearing of the misconduct of our boarding students, felt myself deficient in my role as head teacher, and I'm deeply ashamed that my moral influence failed to affect these young men. Problems arise in the presence of 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 the responsibility, in fact, lies with the school. If we judge superficially and mete out severe punishment, it could, in the end, 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 extenuating circumstances be considered, and that the situation be resolved with as much leniency as possible."
Tanuki and Red Shirt were two of a kind. Both asserted brazenly that when students run amok it's the staff, not the students, who bear the blame. So if a lunatic bashes a man on the head, there must be some fault with the man whose head was bashed. Pleasure doing business with you. If the students need to expend excess energy, then take them to the athletic grounds for wrestling, but don't try to tell me they "half unwittingly" stuffed grasshoppers into my bed. At this rate, they could murder me in my sleep and be duly acquitted on grounds of "half unwittingly."