On 28th April 1933, newspapers reported, “Pleas of poverty were put forward eight Blantyre parents in Hamilton Sheriff Court on Monday, when they were charged with failing to comply with an attendance order issued by the Education Authority in respect of their children.
Their agent stated that they could not send their children to school without boots, and were unable to purchase these. They had all applied to the Education Committee for boots. An automatic scale operated by the Committee could not possibly meet all eventualities, and did not take into consideration the question of family. Mr Rhind, for the Education Committee, said the scale was considered to he very generous and had worked admirably.
Sheriff McDonald said wished to give a warning to parents that children must be sent to school. “If I were the parent,” his Lordship continued. “I would carry the child to school and let the authorities see the circumstances of the child, so that I could not be blamed for not wishing it to be educated.” He continued the cases for one month to see if the children attend regularly. On his Lordship commenting that all the children were pupils of Joseph’s R.C. School, the respondents’ agent said that it was a Roman Catholic district and the people there were very poor. “
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