Principals did not always take such a hard line. In 1934, for instance, Rev. Shoup let an eight-year-old who was “a little inclined to brood for his parents” go with them for the year “to the bush.”  Shroup, however, had faced other allegations. In 1930, shortly after he became principal, Arthur Felix, father of a 15-year-old boy at the school, accused Shoup of striking his son and dragging him to another room where he strapped him. Shoup denied the severity of the assault. The RCMP investigated and the case went to trial in January, at which time the judge dismissed the charge and warned the principal to punish with a strap. The investigating officer noted that since Shoup’s appointment the previous summer, he had heard different stories of the principal’s harshness toward the pupils.