It was only yesterday I was coming home by bus late in the evening.
There were several kids in the bus and bus had enough seats.
I generally sit in the Middle on a vacant seat at the corner and always wish nobody sits next to me.
Then a kid may be just 7 to 9 sat with a big cricket-wear and a bat would have been heavier for me and a schoolbag on his back.
He was struggling to sit and the mother did not care.
Why even parents allowed the children to be tortured physically, I do not understand.
I would never have done a thing like that as a kid.
That may be the reason I ended up in the University and enjoyed sports to the fullest (unlike other undergraduates).
There is always space for sports once the major task (education) is achieved.
I could not do that in UK though.
I still have the sports trunk I bought in UK (35 years ago) and use it regularly (for my gardening and small workout with the dog).
New Zealand sports wear are all torn apart except the hockey stick.
I lost my snookers gear (probably a Mason Bass would have used to mix cement and chalk) during my absence.
We kept our hands (at least one) free (take a pickpockets head or rather hands on) and footwear light (run in an emergency).
Then there was kid who dropped to sleep and missed his get down bus stop (this I have seen many a times).
I think we are torturing our children in the name of free education by giving only few books and all other needs parents have to provide but the kid has to carry.
In our time my father would have advised the servant boy to come (we won't say he was treated like such. I looked after him till he got his 'O' Level on the third attempt) with me to carry the luggage.
In New Zealand, I used to argue with teachers that they should not use children under 16 (ideally over 18) for competitive sports but they should enjoy the game as kids.
That is my post traumatic (having examined a kid after injury) interview with the parents and teachers.
They used to listen to me.
I have seen all the sports injuries (including women after Bungie Jumping) except a dislocated knee (rare injury) in two years (mind you I worked only 8 hours a day unlike in UK, sometimes 72 hours on a stretch).
I was involved in investigation of child abuse cases in UK.
Fortunately even though, I was not directly involved in investigation of child abuse cases, there were two children deaths in New Zealand during my time.
Idea is to prevent abuse and deaths.
This country is becoming no different.
School does not provide sports ware.
While secret service and social media are eaves dropping on YOU, we forget how celebrities and even priests and sports masters abuse children.
Pardon me for reproducing the content below
Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal
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Sir Jimmy Savile (1926–2011) was an English DJ, television and radio personality, who was well known in Britain for his eccentricities and, at the time of his death, was generally respected for his charitable work.
He was knighted in 1990. In September and October 2012, almost a year after his death, claims were widely publicized that he had committed sexual abuse, his alleged victims ranging from prepubescent girls and boys to adults. By 11 October 2012 allegations had been made to 13 British police forces, and this led to the setting-up of inquiries into practises at the BBC and within the National Health Service.
On 19 October 2012 the Metropolitan Police Service launched a formal criminal investigation, Operation Yewtree, into historic allegations of child sexual abuse by Savile and other people, some still living, over four decades. It stated that it was pursuing over 400 lines of inquiry, based on the claims of 200 witnesses, via 14 police forces across the UK. It described the alleged abuse as being "on an unprecedented scale", and the number of potential victims as "staggering".
By 19 December, eight people had been questioned as part of the investigation. The Metropolitan Police stated that the total number of alleged victims was 589, of whom 450 alleged abuse by Savile.
The report of the investigations undertaken jointly by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Giving Victims a Voice, was published on 11 January 2013. It reported allegations covering a period of fifty years, including 214 alleged acts by Savile which, though uncorroborated, have been formally recorded as crimes, some involving children as young as eight. The report states "within the recorded crimes there are 126 indecent acts and 34 rape/penetration offences."
Alleged offences took place at 13 hospitals as well as on BBC premises, according to the report. In October 2013 it was announced that inquiries had been extended to other hospitals.
On 26 June 2014, the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, reported on the findings of the investigations led by Kate Lampard. He said that Savile had sexually assaulted victims aged between five and 75 in NHS hospitals, and apologized to the victims.
Further investigations, in hospitals and elsewhere, led to additional allegations of sexual abuse by Savile.
Much of Savile's career involved working with children and young people, including visiting schools and hospital wards. He spent 20 years presenting Top of the Pops before a teenage audience, and an overlapping 20 years presenting Jim'll Fix It, in which he helped the wishes of viewers, mainly children, come true. During his lifetime, two police investigations had looked into reports about Savile, the earliest known being in 1958, but none had led to charges; the reports had each concluded that there was insufficient evidence for any charges to be brought related to sexual offences.
In October 2012 it was announced that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, would investigate why proceedings against Savile in 2009 were dropped.
The scandal was a major factor leading to the establishment of the wider-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which was announced by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in July 2014. In February 2015 the inquiry was reconfigured as a statutory inquiry to be chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard.