Headmistress lands in trouble for punishing students

Balangir, Sep 23:

The headmistress of a girls’ high school here at Lukapada under Puintala block landed herself in trouble on Sunday after punishing some students inside the school campus, declared as a punishment free zone.

The matter came to light after the students lodged a complaint with police in this regard. On the other hand, the headmistress refuted the allegations saying whatever was done was within the official guidelines.

“The school has special guidelines for discipline. Nothing has been done beyond that”, the accused headmistress Pratima Barik said.

At least six girls who came to school late were barred from attending the prayer class and later they were punished by the headmistress inside the school premises. Some of them fell ill during the punishment and were admitted to Jamuda health center, guardians alleged.

The victims lodged an FIR with Balangir town police station acting on which the police interrogated the accused staff.  “We will discuss the matter with school management and other staff and legal action will be taken accordingly against the teacher” investigating officer Laxminarayan Satpathy said. (PTI)

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