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Rugby Kid Assault: St. Peter’s College ‘Okay’ – World Rugby Says ‘NO’

St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya in a shocking communique condoned the behavior of their appointed rugby coach Sanath Martis, when he was caught on video assaulting one of its own student rugby players in full public view recently.

The video which went viral on social media both in Sri Lanka and also reached global audiences, even left officials of World Rugby shell shocked, as their appointed Educator & Trainer Sanath Martis was captured violently slapping the rugby kid on three occasions.

Sanath Martis

The communique sent by St.Peter’s College to its Old Boys Union read “The college has in consultation with various stakeholders of the college gone into the matter. This relates to an incident which is over a month old and brought up a day ago. Appropriate action has been taken and in the interests of all persons involved we have nothing further to add”.

However what the communique failed to elaborate on was what the “appropriate action” the school really took against the child assaulter, coach Martis, as they continue to expose the safety of their rugby kids.

World Rugby the governing body for the sport of rugby union, has confirmed that they do not condone their appointed Educator and Trainer Sanath Martis’ abuse of the student rugby kid, that has now brought disgrace to their sport.

Ross Mitchell the Consultant General Manager of Asian Rugby the Asian arm that comes under World Rugby confirmed that the matter is been handled by World Rugby at present.

With strong sentiments being mentioned on social media by several cross sections of the public, it is strange that the main stream media has not covered this incident.

What is further shocking is that even the Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam also continues to remain mute regarding this incident as the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association also comes under his Ministry.

When Colombo Telegraph contacted Susantha Mendis , the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association he said “Well we saw the video and we discussed the matter. However we are yet to get an official complaint regarding this incident “.

With the hierarchy of St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya choosing to side step this all important incident, it also continues to expose its very own children, based on the evidence of this video footage.

One wonders what the late and respected Peterite coach Archibald Perera would have had to say about this incident?

Whilst the late coach Archibald Perera’s acronym for “rugger” (rugby, ugly, double guts (gg),entertainment and recreation) still rings in the ears of many a former Peterite ruggerite he coached, parents of current day rugby players are skeptical if their kids may come home with ruptured ear drums, thanks to the lessons learnt from their current coach and World Rugby Educator & Trainer Sanath Martis.

Meanwhile whilst many prominent Peterite stalwarts and ex-Peterite rugby players continued to remain mum about this incident, several Facebook commentators expressing their displeasure about coach Sanath Martis’ assault on the rugby kid had this to say:

Ryan Jayatunga: “I would like to see the Principal of the school concerned hold general assembly for the entire school, invite the boy concerned and his parents on to the stage and have this maniac coach (If you can call him ‘coach’) KNEEL BEFORE THE BOY AND HIS PARENTS AND BEG THEIR FORGIVENESS. If he refuses, police action must be initiated against him with a compulsory penalty of a minimum 06 month RI at Bogambara or Boossa.”

Erandanath Amal Perusinghe: “He should be locked up period. Wonder why the school is covering up. Imagine what the parents must be feeling.”

Christina Francké; “I know the whole story. It’s been repeated to me many times.

“If the basis is the kid kicked someone so the coach slapped him…why? The coach used physical strength to hit someone..to teach them not to use physical advantage to kick someone.. so where is the lesson there?

“Take the kid off the team. If it’s a massive offence (which it is) let him miss a few matches. But they don’t do that do they, because that particular coaches motto is “win at all costs”.

“We have seen enough of his behaviour on and off the field. This is not the first time either. He has the backing of million rupee corporate sponsors and schools OBAs and parents cos he brings the cup home. He did that for your school as well. This great that he can coach a team to win. But at what cost?

“This post is not just about that incident. Its about the amount of physical abuse that takes place in school…grade 6 kids with burst ear drums and nerve damage due to slaps and blows to the head. Did you know these things happen at RC? Would you like to speak to the relevant mums? They are terrified to report these incidents because of the reprisals and also cos it’s hard to get a slot in a ‘good school’. So standing up for your rights comes at a price.

“The authorities cant do much because of the “oh that’s the way you discipline boys..it’s been done at this school for the past 160 years..etc. It’s sickening.” (By Janaka Ranaweera)

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    Sanath Martis, ,

    RE: Rugby Kid Assault: St. Peter’s College ‘Okay’ – World Rugby Says ‘NO’

    Your ‘civilized’ punishment is ‘Okay’ with the school and perhaps the kid and his parents?
    However, the Rajapaksa coaches killing the ruby player was not ‘Okay” . and was a criminal capital offence. Can you ask the World Rugby to pursue that case, as the current Sri Lankan judicial and political System is corrupt.

    This is very good way to deflect the attention on you, and ,make them focus on the Rajapaksa coaches.

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      Good point. It would have been good to see far more outrage for the brutal killing of another rugby player, and those scumbags who did it being held responsible. They still walk free to enjoy their social events and weddings.

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        Chithra,
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        All these are common to so called buddhist dominated srilanka Right ?
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        As you know we also have a real big problem in the COUNTRY today, which is the symbiosis of MEDIA MUDALALIs and Rajapakshes/henchmen. Latter combination keeps the public away from the facts. This is not the case in UK, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland or anywhere I have the chance to travel across. Longer they keep away from the facts, the untruths take ground and build the perception of the average accordingly. That is what I see in that part of the world. People s lknowlege about ongoing issues are very low. They just shoot the messengers even if would exchange with the on Social media.
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        Today I happened to exchange my thoughts with few on the web about the injustices deliberately made or being made by Rajaapakshe, the consequence was me to fall prey of the attackers by calling me to be either from Diasphora or a supporter of ealam. I am also a buddhist to the same way, but i live in Europe. I respect democracy and human rights. THat was the reason me to support democratic protests during recent 51 day conspiracy period.
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        I dont support any of the party politicians. Perhaps I respect some leaders that respect the paragraphs.. I vehemnetly stand against any rascals be them politicians or anyone else. I dont have to rely on them, so why should I protec them.

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      Yes, <please investigate the murder of Thajudeen.

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        My dear Sinhala Man,
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        What do you make of female teachers taking part in school sports meet as runners?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrlaFMsetnU


        Here you will see how Female teachers perform their activities as relay-runners not even wearing proper clothing? How can they then become exemplary? Just at this schooling age, the children observe and learn things. They even start criticizing if own parents would not think of their proper clothing. I am afraid, the manner the female teachers got up to run the relay-race was akin to that of a herd of cattle ran away for escape. There should be some level of respect between teacher and the students. How would you maintain that, so long teacher in SAREES would behave so.

        I have not myself lived in the country for long, but whenever I watch the kind of estranged behavior our people, I easily become hurt not being able to understand the palpable changes being added to lanken school day life today. :
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        It is not common that European teachers go wild the way the lanken average have turned out to be today. Teaching at schools in Europe (across Europe) is reported to be one of the very stressful jobs. Most among you are caught by BURNOUT syndrome are the school teachers. Unlike the case in lanken schools, going by my days (in 80ties), teachers in general spend day long for their preparations for the lesions. They would not want to lose their respect before the students. Even if they focus on sports, but more into theory and practice based classrooms lesions.

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          Dear desperateasnoother,
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          I’m not sure what I should say to this. That school is a very large one in Gampaha. It’s far from my Bandarawela home, but I have some vague memories of visiting the school once.
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          Yes, now that you draw attention to this video, I do feel that this sort of thing being imposed on teachers makes it difficult for them to retain the respect of the students. However, this is not new – and not only in State Schools. Most of my teaching has been in such schools, but my own education was in three quite different schools. I have been re-visiting those schools ever since I left them, and I can’t properly recall whether it was in my school days or later that I witnessed such races.
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          My first school was S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Bandarawela, where my father was a much-respected teacher who died on this February Day in 1963. My home is so close that I can hear the goings on there. I have witnessed such races there. Next, I was at Gurutalawa in a small boarding school run by the same group. Last Saturday, I chose not to go there – precisely because of the way a fine teacher had been treated. I finished off my schooling in the Mt Lavina school, sad to say doing little work, after my father’s death. It was in my thirties that I was a full-time student in Peradeniya University – and did pretty well! The two Uva Schools are a mess, but I don’t think that this is the time to talk about it.
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          I did write about certain aspects of how these schools are run three years ago:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thomian-pharisees-are-unrepentant-why-this-matters-to-all-sri-lankans/comment-page-1/#comments
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          It’s got worse!

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            Dear Mr Sinhala Man,
            (apologies in case my text would make you feel uncomfortable getting my points- unfortunately this I have been writing while travelling).
            thanks very much. I really appreciate your response. That indeed summarized me the ground situation down there regarding teachers’ events in school sports meets.
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            I think now I have sufficient info about the topic. After passing it to you, in between, I myself picked up some more info regarding the mentioned act. Some of them did not even notice what my point was, but went on saying ” such teachers’ events „are no longer new to lanken schools. They were in the view that gone were the days, that students respected the teachers as we experienced it in the past (also in mid 80ties). Wearing sarees in such relay-races is just normal according to them. So I kept quiet as usual, since I thought It was my mistake to criticize it that way. Later what convinced me was that the kind of teachers I spoke to would not disagree with even ones wearing sarees on their motorcycle rides (not long ago, I myself happened to watch a video, how a woman was killed in a motorcycle accident – the reason was her clothing).
            Yes, all these info coming from lanken school education may be new to me because I don’t get all the bits about lanken systems while permanently living out of the country. And now I realize it better, that I am also no right just to criticize them not having proper information in detail. Might be, I have totally lost my touch to current day lanken issues except the knowledge being collected by reading some articles and watching YT videos. That may be the very reason me to feel like ” my god, lankens have gone wild also as school teachers”.

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      Now with UNHRC session to be held in March, there will be more questions on the crime investigations and their accountablity during the last 4 years. There, all what we can say is, if the elected leader to work on that is robbed out by former criminals, how can we even think of holding investigations further.
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      He has just been boasting about few things, but seem not showing wholeheartedness regarding anything. He has been playing with time, so that his extension could be reached by any means. Sirisena has proved to be a man who lost his credibility. Just being close to drug trafficking these days, he may be trying to score more, but there too, he is not wholehearted. He is the most abusve among the leaders in this country.
      Enough is enough. Nothing he promised has delivered. Nor would he ever do so either. He has just been pleasing his new ties with former MAFIA boss. So, things would not work in favour of the nation, but for them. This si the ground reality. IC should put much pressure on the govt if at all post war crime investigations could take place on a regular manner.

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      Rugby kid assualt okay.
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      Rugby player was murdered alleged by Rajapakshes family. Is that also okay ?.
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      Just this is about SRILANKA where secretary of defence directly mediated in killing 23 prisoners on the spot – no investigations.
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      Over 40 or more journalists were murdered during RAJAAKSHE regime.- no investigations or nothing is progress after 4 years.
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      Lasantha and other known murders were not fully investigated.
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      No whatsoever reasoning to delay them is even in local media ? Local MEDIA Mudalalis work with murderers -may well be it is a business that both parties earn much.
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      TODAY even social media are biased regarding these questions. This is typical srilanka where everything can be made with MONEY…. their blindness and deafness to money and fall obsequeous to any high crimnals is destined by the WRONG version of the BUDDHISM being practised only for GREEDY political culture in this rotten island.

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      Uneducated thugs are given top posts to bully and abuse the people and the nation.
      Disgraceful country where Abuse, Murder, Bribing, Stealing are considered normal and the perpetrators are pardoned.
      No wonder the country is drowning in war crime accountablities still unresolved.
      The PM is advising the Northern people who had lost their loved ones to forget the war crimes and move forward.
      Is not there something called accountability for all the crimes committed against the minority??
      Is he trying to put a sticking plaster over a festered wound.
      There are families lost their loved ones ! Don’t they deserve a closure ??
      His words of wisdom seems to be pathetic of an uncaring man.
      Why then the UN orders SL twice a year to answer for their action of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
      Pathetic behaviour of a state leader, likes he buries his head at every opportunity to duck and dive.
      For how long can SL duck and dive??
      Putting Sticking plaster on a festered wound is not the answer for sure.
      Face the accusations resolve and move forward. I’m saying to him.
      You don’t need the Nosey Lords of London to fabricate Lies for SL.It will only land SL in further down the Cess pit.
      Covering up the truth , Lying to the world can never win a point.
      Certainly will never help in the search of peace , being accountable for the actions need to be faced to move forward for our nation.
      All the foreign Nincompoops will sing for their supper from this poor nations treasury, taken away from the poor man’s scrap of a meal.
      Sticking Plaster is no solution for our nation.

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      Now the world will have to question, how they killed RUGBY players in the high days of Rajapkashe Magabian Style rule.
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      Why IS THAT local media silent on the Rugby players murder but talk high about the slap given by a coach ?.
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      Rugby players body parts were frozen for further use, caught, even that JMO wasnever interogated. The guy who held in remand over 11 months or more,was released. If THE JUSTICE works as President REITERATEs, why on earth hehimself as a the minister of LAW and order have no spine to go for the INVESTIGATION and the victimized family be free from their TANTALUS torments ?
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      Sirisena has got young son in 20ties.
      Rajapakshas got young sons in 20 ties and 30ties.
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      If any of the above offsprings would have murdered down, what and how would BP SILLYSENA and KING BP Rajapakshe would have been ? Surely, both would abuse every grass eater to get the support and corner the criminal right ?
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      I am very unhappy to see, DRUG MAFIA was not successful in abusing at least 01 of the 3 bastard sons of Rajaakshes even if Rajakashes direct mediation was found with drug kin pins (former multi murderer Kudu DUmindha Silva and UPFA MP Nimal Lansa).

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    Our Parliament sets the standard for assaults. After all Rugby is not a game for sissies. It was only an assault, he was not murdered !!!!!!!!

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      That’s right Steve. That chap Thajudeen, they only meant to frighten him by assaulting. Apparently, one thing led to another………

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    This writer surely has a bone to pick with Martis and has been stalking him to dig up dirt. He is selective in his quotes of comments made. He also refers to Archibald Perera. Well 90% of students who studied under Archie have received at least ‘3 if not 6 of the best. Talk about mental trauma… This writer is a joker and is only seeking revenge for some reason.

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    This is a clear abuse. Violation of all laws and ethics.It is crime against this child.It will create a shock, humiliation and physiological impact of this child,. He must be punished.I am loudly say, he must be punished according law of the country.It doesn’t matter what anybody or school say.All those excuses are nonsense. I am saying this with my personnel experience as child.I face the similar situations at School.I never told anybody.But I am still suffering in my life.I was ashamed, humiliated, my personality, pride, dignity have gone to dog. Please don’t let this man to go.Do something before it’s too late.

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    ”Assault” translated as ”Discipline” in Sri Lanka. Hot blooded, uncivilasied creatures. sorry for telling the hard truth.

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    To correct a mistake for slapping how the coacher does knows how many slaps he require. If he did not learn.
    When he straight way slaps as soon as he comes what does the student learn. We all have seen the world football and basketball games when fowl play happens they have a punishment the coacher should have leant from them how disciplinary action are dealt, coaching is to eliminate mistake and suppress tress

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    This oversize obis bastard should be immediately dismissed. He should be banned from any contact with boys for he is probably a sexual pervert highly deprived. It may be that the Rector of St Peter`s – a catholic priest who belongs to a clan well known the world over for sexually molesting boys appears to be okay with the conduct of this beast, for the boy concerned may have refused the rector`s possible advances. One never knows the real inner reason for the maniac`s behavior but the fat ass should be dismissed forthwith. Old boys of SPC – get your act together and force the sex pervert rector to act now.

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    This coach is reported to be a person faced interdiction few years ago. Bu tmay well be, being close to political goons he may have succeeded his comeback.
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    I think though it is clichee, lanken sports, the culture they practise is unique to them. reflects the lanken highly corrupted culture.
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    Yesterday I happened to watch YT video, where TEACHERs take part in relay races ? Why ?
    The respect and dignity of life would go in pieces if TEACHERs would fall to that levels right.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrlaFMsetnU

    Some schools organise school trips as no times in the past and let those teenagers to wild their freedom with onlook of indifferent teachers. How come ? Is there no police or law and order in this country ?

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    WOW,
    What a shining example of an ex Rugby Player in Lankawe..

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    Winning is not every thing

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    This highlights how things work in Sri Lanka in general.
    Everything is upside down. The norms in civilised society have become the exception in our “little ‘no’ wonder of Asia “.
    This exposed the deplorable mindset of the average Sri Lankan, whereby even s school like St. Peters college condones such a low class dastardly act.
    Quite simply put, we are not interested in Justice or fairplay, we have become a society where jungle justice reigns supreme and is the order of the day.
    If an an affluent or rich person does something wrong he is judged differently from an ordinary person guilty of the same.
    It gets even worse as we go further down to women and children. Children’s and young persons rights are non-existant, as you can see from this example.
    Children and young persons get exploited, abused, neglected, molested, etc,etc. As long as the perpetrator has some seniority he gets away with it.
    When the child grows up he will do the same. The viscous cycle continues.
    A good example is our ragging system in the universities and how everyone including those that suffer the wroth of being ragged, they will take it out on others later.
    We are a sadistic society as a result of our attitude and actions towards the weak. We have very little compassion, kindness, empathy, justice or equity in our blood. It is our way of life.
    International Rugby union can talk from now to kingdom come, nothing will change.

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    Shame on St. Peters. This is uncalled for, humiliating, and very embarrassing, for the kid, and in developed countries the coach and school would have been sued by the parents. That coach (who needs to work out badly and watch his diet, and be the good example) should be taught on how to handle these kids without being physically abusive, St. Peters should have kicked him out of this job, unless they are desperate to
    have a coach and will keep him at any cost.

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    The minister of education should suspend the principal, the Coach and the student from school and hold an inquiry.

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    Sanath Martis is just the tip of an iceberg. Sri Lankan educational institutions are full of adults who in more enlightened societies would be barred from going anywhere near children. There are suitable punishments for children who behave badly – without resort to humiliation and violence. Violence against a child/young person is wrong and illegal. It should be stamped out whether in the home, classroom or the playground. If you are a loving and responsible parent, ask yourself this question: Do I want my child to humiliated, abused or violated by anybody in any circumstance. Even by a teacher, a preacher, a mentor or a ‘coach’. It is high time we as a nation, still trying to reconcile years of violence and misery, confronted this uncomfortable, inconvenient truth. If we fail, we will surely sentence the next generation to the same indignities that we apologise for now.

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    Our little princess hit the referee too after the match

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    Get off the horse of Rajapakses for god sake. Sanath Martis needs to tender an unconditional apology and the autorities including SL Rugby and AG department need to take action accordingly. I am sure world rugby body will take appropriate action. However, he is an excellent coach and no one can dispute that. But, that does not give him the license to be above the law. If he acts swiftly he may be able to come out of it in the future. We all do mistakes but when we do a mistake we need to ownup to it, be remoseful, apologize, and face the consequences. People will criticise his act but will respect him for doing the right thing.

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    This player intentionally kicked a fallen DS player and shown the red card to leave the filed. Before passing judgement, can we see that part of the video as well.
    What about the deaths of Joel Pereira, the Papua New Guinea player and Thajudeen? Has the international rugby union ever staged a protest?

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    It is well known that the coach had to resign from the lucratively paid coach job at Royal just before the school decided to sack the coach in the season following the season he assaulted a Royal player. St Peters should send the same clear mesage to the coach, learn or depart.

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    What would have been the position if the boy who got kicked died …the boy who kicked would not have known the seriousness of what he did in his adrenaline / dopamin rush..then the coach would have been held responsible …..the coach did the right thing.. the boy would remember this before hammering anyone everytime he gets angry on the field ….MR sons have been mollycoddled by the mother ..they have not been subjected to this kind of punishment …hence in complicated situation they speak to the mother …thajudeen was killed..refree was hammered ..no inquiry ..everything hushed up..
    Discipline is a must in the school ..that converts children into men..like the ball goes through the posts at 60 yrds..therefore stop tackling the coach

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    You guys have no idea about Archibald Perera. Martis only handed out 3 by hand. Archi’s special as he called it himself was ‘six of the best’ and that with a cane. As a student during his tenure at St Peters, everyone knew this first hand.. Archi probably would have applauded the decision if he didn’t hand out one or two out himself. If you don’t like the way we cook, stay out of our kitchen. Plenty of govt thosai kadeys out there.

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      Dear Public Abilik,
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      Thinking is different today. In the “six of the best” system, there were quite strict rules – which may not always have been observed. I’m happy that it’s gone.
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      I don’t think that I ever received “six”, but two or three, yes. It was the system. Some never caned, but sent you up to the Head or to the guy in charge of discipline. They were supposed to record it all in a special log book, and never impart such punishment in anger. I don’t think that we ought to judge all that by today’s yardsticks.
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      But the depravities in times of War – are they never going to be acknowledged, taking in to account the stresses undergone by the perpetrators? So much goes unreported, swept under the carpet.
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      We could make lists of teachers who abused, but please remember that it was thought to be all part of a “healthy system”. One notices also that much of this discussion is centred upon schools that were considered “prestigious”. What went on elsewhere?
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      Lion, I well remember some of the rubbish spouted by some “poetess” about the Rajapaksa sons on line in the “Sunday Leader”. I’m pretty sure that you will be able to access this, since I just managed to without logging in. We’re not proud of all this, but at least the school was reasonably open about it.

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        Public Abilik,
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        You may not understand the last bit of the above comment since the editorial team had seen fit to excise the link that I had given.
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        That’s O.K. I’m sure they have a pretty difficult job to do and do it well. There obviously is little purpose in repeating the link in this comment.
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        However, let me add this: the worst abuses seem to have been in the most prestigious schools, in the belief that the brutalities depicted in “Oliver Twist” and “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” still persist in England, a country that we’re still obsessed with. Two very different schools those two were, of course.
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        Your expression, ” govt thosai kadeys” makes me rather uncomfortable. Ragging in Universities – we keep debating the issue; it’s so complex. The “Colombians” keep blaming the village kids – totally. Unfair.
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        This is a relatively recent novel that tries to analyse where all this evil comes from:
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies
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        I fear that few will have the time to go into all that. Which is why I say, let us move on to even more serious concerns, having allowed St. Peter’s College to deal with this.
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    Son.,You did not deserve this .You made a mistake but you showed what a true gentlemen you are the way you took the unfair punishment.I am proud of you.You will do well in life and make your parents proud.Learn from your mistakes.I pray that you will have the courage to go stronger and grow up to be a successful man.My prayers are with you.May God bless you.

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    Corporal punishment is still used in schools and in clergy run outfits.
    There was a time when teachers and clergy were held in great respect by parents. The teachers/clergy lived up to it. Unfortunately this does not obtain now.
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    In the case here, St. Peters College, Bambalapitiya, is attempting to exploit the conservative mindset of Lankans. Teachers and clergy have abused children. On whose side is St Peters?
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    The rights of the young and of the vulnerable are political issues.
    The days when child labour were exploited sexually and financially are receding.
    Remember the Lankan Supreme Court judge, holding a revolver, raped a domestic? The police had to take action because of the outcry from the public?
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    St. Peters: Is rugby trophies that important?

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    No body deserves this kind of punishment.Your reaction to this was very admirable.You have taught the coach a lesson in behavior.You are a good young man and will do well in life.remember to correct your mistakes and refrain from impulsive behavior.At times in the field you lose control of yourself.Do not let this happen to you again.Always be conscious of your actions.Forget this incidence and focus on building your career. May God bless you.

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    Gota’s no freedom without discipline?

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    I think the abuse of payers in order to build tough characters is simply destructive to the player. Instead building up of his self-esteem, believing in him and the focus in what he was doing would have been far better. This is giving up of one’s life for something in the future which would work or not. Simply Pathetic. IT is like boxing producing brain injured players.

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    How did this incident get involved with Rajapaksa? After 4 years of investigation there is not a shred of evidence to implicate the Rajapaksas, just as so many other lies such as gold horses and Lamborghinis all perpetrated against them in order to hoodwink the voters and win an election. Looks so silly that some idiots are still hanging on to propaganda myths in order to look good themselves !

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    The manner in which you accepted this cruel and and in human punishment speaks well for your character and strong personality.I think you have also given a message to your coach. Going forward have more self control on the field. I wish you all the success in Rugby and all your future en-devours.
    May God bless you.

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    To all keyboard hero’s – please do mind your own business, Peterites will solve there own matters, the peterite way. Did the kid need to be dicplined, YES, was the coach correct in what he Did, NO, the coach should have handled the matter more discreetly but there are many hidden agendas at work spilling crocodile tears on this. So people who did not have the previladge of studying at St. Peter’s, pick another bone !!!

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    Referring to my previous comment in the previous article “World Rugby To Investigate Educator & Trainer Sanath Martis Assaulting Rugby KId” it is obvious that St. Peters as an institution believes in the dicta “Spare the rod and spoil the child” and “Spare the slap and spoil the novice”. As an institution of education it has not bothered to research ways and means of disciplining the recalcitrant suitable to this century but lives in the past. The real danger is that if those methods were to lead into a severe damage whether physical or psychological then it naturally results in a court case. Then what is the stand of Santo Pietro?

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    Spare the rod and spoil the child!

    I wish this “Sir With Love” is sent to the Parliamenthu to deal with the horas. I am sure Sir will put the house in order. I wish we have more similar sirs to lead S. Lanka.

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