Sometimes unpleasant things happen in class.
Money is stolen from your desk. Someone splashes paint on your clothes when you’re not looking. Graffiti appears on a classroom wall or desk.
You have suspicions about who committed the offence. Coercing a confession from a suspect won’t teach honesty; it might breed resentment.
Why not give space for a child to admit the misdemeanour so that they don’t lose face in front of peers? Wait for an admission until the child is ready.
Even if no one owns up, someone gets to experience the heavy weight of being dishonest.
We can only learn to be honest when we have room to be dishonest.