TWO CADETS of the UP Sainik School are refusing to return to the school. Reason: They say they are scared of their seniors at the school, who they say routinely bash them up.
Now the parents of the two cadets have threatened to file a named FIR against three senior cadets as well as the principal of the school. The parents say they are ‘more concerned about the life of their children than their studies at the Sainik School.”
The parents have also informed the Governor, the Chief Minister and Union HRD Minister about the goings on at the UP Sainik School, “where the seniors every now and then use sticks and rods to terrify juniors.” To buttress their point, they have submitted medical certificate listing the injuries suffered by the children. “We decided to do this as the principal of the school did not give us any favourable response even after written complaints and reminders,” said RC Mishra, father of cadet no 2569 Vikas Mishra. Rakesh Chandra Tyagi, father of cadet no 2624 Adarsh Tyagi, made similar. Both these cadets are in class ninth.
Talking to HT over phone from his home in Ambedkar Nagar, Vikas Mishra said: “I am too scared to go back to school. I still have injury marks that I received on July 15.”
When contacted, principal of the school SS Agnihotri admitted the incidents. But according to him they were “incidents that happened in any school hostels.” Agnihotri said, “We have punished the three accused senior cadets by making them undergo drills and a few other things.” Strangely, of the three accused, one is a school captain and the other vice-captain.
Tyagi and Mishra, however, said it was not as if only their wards were being subjected to “brutality of the senior cadets at the hostels.” “Quite a few students are undergoing similar trauma. However, other parents and students do not come forward to complain fearing victimization. We too were scared initially.”
The parents now want a guarantee from the principal regarding the security of their wards.
As things stand today, even after the final warning from the principal the two students have refused to return even as the time for filing registration for Class tenth Board Exam 2008 has expired. “We have, however, submitted their fee for the registration,” said the principal.