I accept that this is possibly a typical Daily Mail story, of the kind where an ordinary person battles against uncaring and immobile bureaucracy.
I would even quote the school principal when she stated :-
‘We are very keen to resolve this issue as soon as possible and have been actively seeking to engage with the parent to bring this to an agreeable conclusion.
‘The pupil has not been banned from bringing in their cane, we have simply asked them to not use it around school as a temporary measure until we have the chance to meet with the parent and discuss the situation.
‘It was initially hoped that we would have this resolved within a day or two.’
I just bet she did!
But cannot get that old quotation out of my skull, the one which stated that:-