School suspends teacher after student loses 2 fingers

  • Ram Parmar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai:
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 23:59 IST
Deepak after his operation at the hospital (Mangesh Karale)

A teacher from Divine Providence School in Nallasopara has been suspended with immediate effect on Saturday after a Class VI boy lost two fingers of his right hand after a desk fell on him in class on Friday.

The student has been admitted to a hospital and the school management has agreed to bear the all medical expenses. A non-cognisable (NC) offence complaint has been registered with the Tulinj police station.

Deepak Joshi, 11, resides with his father at Sai Classic Apartment in Nallasopara (E). On Friday, the boy was attending classes as usual. The bench on which he sat was not stable and kept coming off balance. His class teacher, Maya Sharma, asked him to fix the problem with the structure and as the boy tried to, the bench fell on his hand, severing two fingers.

The school rushed the bleeding boy to a doctor nearby and informed his father, Kedar, who works at a Juhu hotel. The anxious father rushed to the doctor and carted his son off to Arth Hospital on Achhole Road.

Dr Mithilesh Mishra, a plastic surgeon at the hospital, said that the boy’s middle finger was missing and his index finger was barely dangling to some skin. The missing finger was found by the school sweeper who rushed it to the hospital.

“We are trying our best to rejoin the severed fingers but we cannot say if they will function properly. We cannot be sure before 48 hours,” said Mishra.

Kedar blamed the school for negligence.

When contacted, Ganesh Patil, principal of the school, said that it was an unfortunate incident and that they had banned the teacher with immediate effect.

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