Swim coach didn’t rescue drowned child, Ryan Int’l accused of neglect

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 06, 2016 15:31 IST
A class 1 student of Ryan International School was found dead in a pit under the school’s amphitheatre in New Delhi on January 30.Swim coach didn’t rescue drowned child, Ryan Int’l accused of neglect (Hindustan Times)

The swimming coach at Ryan International School refused to jump in and save the six-year-old student who drowned in a water tank six days ago, a Delhi government inquiry found, accusing the staff and management of criminal negligence and being “mute spectators”.

The report also slammed the school for trying to shift the blame on to the student by suggesting he was differently abled.

“This casts all the more aspersion as to why the school emphasized on the child being hyperactive. Hidden motives on part of school management to camouflage the real reason cannot be ruled out,” the report by Vasant Vihar sub-divisional magistrate Sonal Swaroop said.

The school principal and four staff members were arrested and later released on bail on Friday for the incident. Two hours after the class 1 student went missing from class, Divyansh Kakrora’s body was found floating in the tank below the amphitheatre. The post mortem report cited drowning as cause of death.

Parents of the child had also accused the school of neglect, claiming it was the hospital that notified them of their son and not the school.

“School authorities failed to perform their duty when body of this kid was spotted. Swimming coach refused to rescue the kid from water tank. All other staff also failed to respond and remained mute spectators,” the report said, highlighting ‘glaring lapses’ and serious misconduct by the management.

“The time that elapsed due to deliberate inaction by the school staff in rescuing Divyansh amounts to gross criminal negligence. Had the time essentially wasted in discussion, calling for a particular person and denial, been utilized... it would have been pivotal in saving his life,” it further said.

The report also said allowing a senior student enter the water tank was a serious lapse for it risked his life too. The school should have been more vigilant because it called students in on a holiday, it pointed out.

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