In a shocking case of corporal punishment on Teachers’ Day, the vice-principal of Don Bosco School, Bandel, Father Subir Mondal, was arrested on Wednesday for hitting seven students on their heads with a can. Two students had to be taken to hospital for their wounds to be stitched.
The students of Class4 were decorating their classroom for the Teachers’ Day celebrations and were playing with a foam spray can when Mondal entered the classroom and beat them up. The incident took place around 8.30 in the morning.
“Mondal snatched the spray can and hit everybody on their heads. My son bled profusely,” Kaushik Das, a resident of Chandernagore and father of Ishan, told HT. Das lodged an FIR with the Chinsurah police station, following which the police went to the school and arrested Mondal. “I’ve deposited my son’s bloodsoaked shirt as proof of the violence,” he said. The vice-principal will be produced in court on Thursday, the police said.
In the afternoon, school officials went to the Chinsurah police station and met police officials. “Mondal was trying to discipline the boys and, in the process, seized the can and hit the students on their heads. I immediately informed the guardians of the incident,” Father KV Mathew, principal, told HT.
He added that he would report the incident to his seniors and then take a decision on sacking Mondal.
Other students who suffered head injuries are Aritra Dasgupta, Akash Modak, Koushik Harijan, Sagnik Rudra, Suvadeep Pal and Sagnik Ghosh.
Guardians told HT that Mondal was known for his violent behaviour with students. “All the students are scared of this teacher. He used to beat up students at the drop of a hat,” alleged Subrata Rudra, Sagnik’s father.
Parents also alleged that, on the school’s annual sports day, Mondal not only scolded students who struggled in the march past, but tortured them, too.