Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Knives in School
The mayor said children as young as primary school age are now carrying knives and warned it could take "a generation" to solve the problem.I carried a knife (a Cub Scout jackknife) to primary school, and so did almost all of my male classmates. We used the knives outdoors during recess, to play mumblety-peg. No one ever stabbed anyone else or cut himself. Our only fights were with fists.
He added: "They saw in Scotland what we're seeing in London which is children in primary school thinking not only is it OK to carry a knife, but it gives them a sense of belonging..."
On mumblety-peg, see D.C. Beard, The American Boy's Book of Sport: Outdoor Games for All Seasons (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896), pp. 350-354 (where it is called mumbly peg). We played it, of course, only when the ground was unfrozen.
Some mumblety-peg knife-holds (Beard, p. 351):
We didn't learn to play mumblety-peg out of a book, but I remember these two particular knife-holds very well.