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Who said Catholic high school was going to be easy? - $10 (Avon by the sea)

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Who said Catholic high school was going to be easy?

In the early eighties, the Catholic archdiocese of New York boasted an armada of parochial schools across the New York City area. Struggling blue-collar families made tremendous sacrifices to provide a Catholic high school education for their children. In theory, smaller classrooms run by religious educators were a safer bet than the New York City Board of Education.

But was it?

Shorter hair, longer skirts, and corporal punishment meted out by biblical badasses made Catholic teens think twice about stepping out of line. Cutting school or a well-timed fart from the back of the classroom was often met with a good old-fashioned kick in the ass or a humiliating crack to the jaw.

Author Vic Ferrari shares his colorful stories from his high school years while growing up in the rough and tumble borough of the Bronx.

Did you know that confessing one sin too many can lead to a foot chase through an empty church? How selling raffle tickets at a mob social club could earn you a trip to the emergency room. Why returning to the scene of a crime is never a good idea. How shopping for school clothes can lead to your first sexual encounter. Learn why a delusional lunatic with erectile dysfunction attempted to blow up a gas station and more.

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