Tuesday 6 December 2016

Joe Schmidt recalls finding cannabis on young student

Published 08/01/2016 | 15:58

Joe Schmidt
Joe Schmidt

Giving a talk at the Pendulum Summit, taking place today at the National Convention Centre in Dublin, Schmidt shared a story about his early teaching days when he was made the deputy principal of a school in his native New Zealand.

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On the second day, he discovered the "moist leaves" of cannabis that a young lad had in his lunchbox.

He suspended him but was legally threatened by the boy’s mother.

Three days later at the disciplinary hearing, with lawyers in attendance, the boy’s mother pleaded for a second opportunity for her son.

“I didn’t know whether to be delighted or thoroughly pissed off because I’d stewed for three days,” Schmidt said.

When he got home that evening, his wife had received a bunch of flowers and a card, along with a voucher for a meal out at a restaurant in the post.  It was from the principal and the card said: “Look, I know your husband has probably been difficult to live with for the last three days.”

“She thought that was funny because she knew I’d been difficult to live with for the last 15 years,” quipped Schmidt.

The card went on to say Schmidt had done a great job and to go out and have a meal.

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