Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Westminster Chaplain Resigns after Hitting Boy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Westminster Chaplain Resigns after Hitting Boy

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Byline: JOHN STURGIS

THE CHAPLAIN of Westminster School has resigned after slapping a pupil who was rude to him, it emerged today.

The Rev Thomas Huw Mordecai, who had been at the school for three years, offered his resignation immediately after the incident last month. He said: "I made a mistake which I deeply regret. I did my best to put it right, both for the sake of the school and the boy concerned."

The boy, who has not been named or identified by age, and his parents, are understood to have been upset by the incident-Headmaster Tristram Jones-Parry said he had been forced to accept the chaplain's resignation.

"The boy was rude to him and he hit him in anger," he added.

"In this day and age one cannot have someone hitting people in anger, however much they regret it and however honourable they are to offer their resignation. If we're going to disapprove of boys hitting other boys, or somebody else, which we certainly do, then we can't have the same from a member of staff. …

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