Teachers ‘punished’ for student’s suicide attempt
Agartala: The principal and two teachers of a private school here have been asked to proceed on compulsory leave for their alleged involvement in mishandling an incident, leading to a suicide attempt by a high school student of the institution.
The condition of the student, who jumped off from the roof of the school building on Monday and admitted to G B Pant hospital is now better, a police officer said.
After getting the information, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath had rushed to the hospital, interacted with the family members and assured them of justice.
The school authorities have asked the principal and the two assistant teachers to go on compulsory leave till March 31 to defuse tension in the school premises, Director of the school Kashinath Das said in a statement yesterday.
The students had refused to board the school bus after school hours yesterday demanding resignation of the principal. When contacted, Assistant Inspector General of Police (Law & Order), Smriti Ranjan Das said, “A specific complaint accusing the principal and the two assistant teachers of humiliating the student was lodged with the Airport Police Station today. Now, the police will act as per the law.”
Another police officer said on condition of anonymity that the school authorities had come to know that the class 12 student had fallen in love with a class 10 student of the same school.
“On Monday, both of them were summoned by the principal and the girl was asked to tie a Rakhi on the boy’s wrist but they declined to do so,” he said.
The principal then summoned the boy’s parents and informed them of the affair. She also allegedly threatened to rusticate the student from the school for three years.
“Following the humiliation, the student ran out of the principals chamber and jumped off the roof of the school building,” the police officer said.